MEET WORLD CHAMPION DRIFTER AND FOUNDER OF MUSTANG RTR VAUGHN GITTIN JR.!

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. is one of drifting’s most iconic figures and his machine, the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Racing Mustang, one of the sport’s most identifiable cars. Vaughn is known best by his aggressive, foot to the floor, big smoke driving style and is the face of the Ford Mustang. In 2010, Vaughn earned his first Formula Drift Championship, becoming the second-ever Champion with a strictly-drifting background. Also in 2010, Vaughn launched his brand for a new generation of Mustang with the RTR. The dealer-installed package for the Ford Mustang GT is available at select Ford dealerships world-wide.

Being such a fierce competitor, Vaughn is known as the only American to win a D1 Grand Prix event, not once – but twice. In 2005 Vaughn stunned the world when he won the D1GP USA vs. Japan. In 2007, he brought America the gold once more by winning the D1GP World Championship.

In 2013, Vaughn finished the Formula Drift season as the top qualifier and in 5th place overall. He was awarded “Ace Driver of the Decade” for being the winningest driver in all 10 years of Formula Drift history.  Vaughn also took home the World Drift Series Championship for the third year in a row.

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Breath Deeply: Formula Drift Pro Championship In Pictures by Larry Chen

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How is it possible to create new and interesting photographs of the same people in the same series after eight years? It’s simple, because Formula Drift is the most exciting motorsport to watch. Out of all the motorsports events that we covered on Speedhunters, Formula Drift Long Beach came out on top as the highest viewed story. Out of the top 50 event stories, FD Long Beach ranked 10th, only beaten by lifestyle and car culture stories. There is no question that it is the fastest growing motorsport, and at just ten years old, the series is still just a baby. There will be growing pains, but like the rest of the FD grid, we are going to stick with it till the bitter end. I wont stop shooting FD till you pry my camera out of my cold dead hands. Take a moment and enjoy this selection of photos from this past season.

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