Formula DRIFT Round 4: The Gauntlet Results;
Vaughn Gittin Takes the Win and the Pro Championship Lead
Long Beach, Calif. – June 18, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to New Jersey for Round 4: The Gauntlet. Vaughn Gittin in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR takes the victory and takes the lead in the Pro Championship standings.
Round 4: The Gauntlet returned to Wall Speedway for the eleventh time as the season hits the mid-way point. Fans witnessed a highly competitive round of competition. The event had over 400,000 views on the Livestream.
“Before heading into this event the top ten drivers in the standings were within 90 points from the lead as we reach middle of the season,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The competition is at an all-time high and every event counts as we head into our first ever Pro Championship international event next month in Montreal, Canada.”
The action packed event found Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 against 2-time Formula DRIFT champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z in the semi-finals. Gushi made a detrimental mistake on his chase run that gave Forsberg the win to move him into the Finals and on the podium for his third consecutive event. Gushi moves into the fourth spot for the Championship. Rookie Alex Heilbrunn in the RTS Monster BMW M3 faced off against the 2010 Formula DRIFT champion Vaughn Gittin on the other side of the bracket in the semi-finals. The speed and consistency of Gittin was too much to overcome for the rookie, however Heilbrunn ends up in third place for his first ever Formula DRIFT Pro Championship podium. The finals were a battle of champions with Gittin versus Forsberg. Gittin remained tough to beat and edged out his opponent for his second victory of the season to move into the top spot in the standings.
“Winning is always awesome and always fun and as everyone knows I like to have a good time and so does my team,” said Vaughn Gittin, winner of Round 4: The Gauntlet. “We came out this weekend and worked as hard as we could and dialed the car in the best we could. I just drove my heart out.”
The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 5: True North on July 15-16, 2016 at Autodrome St. Eustache in Canada. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and snapchat formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.
Formula DRIFT Round 2: Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship Results;
Vaughn Gittin Wins the Event and Takes Over Lead in the Standings
Long Beach, Calif. – May 7, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Atlanta for Round 2: Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship sponsored by Gumout. Vaughn Gittin in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR takes the victory to move into the lead in the Pro Championship standings.
The Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship sponsored by Gumout returned to the home of the inaugural Formula DRIFT event. The event weekend featured both the PRO 2 championship and Pro Championship with a full schedule of on-track action.
“Road Atlanta is not only the first track to host Formula DRIFT, 13 years ago, but also a driver favorite course,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The action is always exciting and the crowd’s energy help make this one of the best events on the circuit.”
The Pro Championship point standings were shaken up with the top three point leaders being knocked out in the Top 32 competition. Experience proved to be a factor with the Top 4 including three past champions, who also have competed at every Formula DRIFT event at Road Atlanta since the beginning. Two-time champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z faced off against 2010 champion and the number one qualifier, Vaughn Gittin. Gittin outperformed his close friend, Forsberg, in a close battle to move into the Finals. 2011 champion, Dai Yoshihara in the Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ faced against the young gun, Alec Hohnadell in the Hohnadell / Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14. Yoshihara advanced to meet Gittin in the Finals. Gittin was no match for Yoshihara and completed the perfect weekend, earning both the top qualifying spot and the victory, while moving into the Pro Championship points lead. Yoshihara notably saw his first podium since 2013, while Forsberg finished in third place.
“To have a perfect event with our brand new Ford Mustang RTR that my team has been working their butts off during the off-season to get ready I’m just pumped.” said Vaughn Gittin, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “It doesn’t get any better than this. I’m just looking forward to the rest of the year.”
The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 3: Unchartered Territory on June 3-4 at Orlando Speedworld. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and snapchat formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.
Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Winner
2. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ 2nd Place
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 3rd Place
4. Hohnadell, Alec Hohnadell / Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14 4th Place
5. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 5th Place
6. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire VW Passat 6th Place
7. McQuarrie, Tyler Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 7th Place
8. Essa, Michael Loudmouth Exhaust / Achilles Tire BMW M3 8th Place
9. Whiddett, Mike Red Bull / Nitto Tire Mazda MX5 9th Place
10. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook S15 10th Place
11. Stoneback, Geoff CFR / Hankook Nissan 370Z 11th Place
12. Mordaunt, Patrick Drift Paddock Nissan 350Z 12th Place
13. Moen, Kenny Team Boost Lock BMW E46 13th Place
14. Rintanen, Juha PP Design and Art Nissan S15 14th Place
15. Kugay, Faruk Raze’til! MFR Nisssan S14 15th Place
16. Jones, Jeff DOC Racing Nissan S14 16th Place
2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 2 Events
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 155.00 Points
2. Denofa, Chelsea BC Racing / GT Radial BMW 119.00 Points
3. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 116.00 Points
2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 2 Events
1. BMW 202.00 Points
2. Ford 191.00 Points
3. SR by Toyota 185.00 Points
4. Nissan 151.00 Points
5. Mazda 101.00 Points
6. Chevrolet 83.00 Points
7. Dodge 51.00 Points
8. Infiniti 48.00 Points
9. Lexus 34.00 Points
2016 Tire Championship Standings After 2 Events
1. Nexen 262.00 Points
2. Falken 248.00 Points
3. Nitto 222.00 Points
4. Hankook 199.00 Points
5. GT Radial 153.00 Points
7. Achilles 149.00 Points
Long Beach, Calif. – April 3, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro has announced a sponsorship with Gumout for the 2015 Pro Championship season. Gumout to launch, “You Get My Drift,” sweepstakes at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach.
“Formula Drift did a really nice job helping us get our program with Vaughn out there to the enormous drift demo and really opened our eyes as to how big drifting has become,” said Rusty Waples, General Brand Manager at ITW. “We’re all about car culture at Gumout and Black Magic – we want people’s cars to run and look their absolute best. So we’re going bigger this year to support FD’s car scene and are really excited about the partnership and what we can do together.”
Gumout supports the 2010 Formula DRIFT champion, Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and will increase their presence on Gittin’s Ford Mustang RTR.
“We are proud to add Gumout to the list of partners of the Series,” said Ryan Sage, Vice President and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT. “Their line-up of products helps vehicles perform to their full potential on and off the track.”
During Round 1: Streets of Long Beach, Gumout will launch a sweepstakes titled, “You Get My Drift,” with a winner to take home a brand new custom 2015 Ford Mustang RTR. For more information on how to enter the contest visit: www.yougetmydrift.com.
Ford Mustang Teams Gear Up for Final Fight of 2014 Formula DRIFT Season at Irwindale Speedway
• Ford Mustang driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. battling for podium finish in Formula DRIFT series
• Along with former champion Gittin Jr., past winner and Mustang driver Justin Pawlak also competing
• Ford will announce “Drift with Ford” sweepstakes winner of custom EcoBoost®-powered Fiesta ST after final 2014 Formula DRIFT event
Long Beach, Calif. – September 23, 2014 – With only one race left in the 2014 Formula DRIFT season, Ford Motor Company heads to Irwindale Speedway in California looking to finish strong in the season finale there. Vaughn Gittin Jr., in third place, and Justin Pawlak, in seventh, will compete in customized Ford Mustangs Oct. 10-11, in the final fight of the seven-event series.
“I’m really pumped to be heading into the final fight of 2014 at Irwindale Speedway,” said Gittin Jr. “While we are no longer battling for the championship, we plan to hold our ground and take third overall in the series.”
“This is something I’m really excited about, given the challenges we had to overcome this season,” he added. “The progression of drifting never ceases to amaze me, and this year has been insane with regard to the level of competition. Our Ford Mustang RTR has been fully up to the task and continues to be a performance bar-setting machine, round after round. We are looking forward to fighting hard and ending the season on the top step.”
Ford has supported drivers in Formula DRIFT since 2005, when the sport triggered a successful Ford Racing Performance Parts engine development program for a supercharged 4.6-liter V8 crate engine.
“This has been a thrilling season for Ford in Formula DRIFT,” said Mickey Matus, Ford Racing marketing communications manager. “Vaughn and Justin consistently had Ford in the hunt for the manufacturer’s cup and driver’s championship. We’re confident they will continue to show that Ford and Mustang are serious competitors, not only in the world of Formula DRIFT, but in all form of motorsports.”
Amidst the excitement of North America’s foremost professional drifting championship, Ford continues to give fans the opportunity to enter to win an EcoBoost®-powered Fiesta ST. The sweepstakes winner will receive personal drift lessons from Gittin Jr., a trip to Ford’s ST Octane Academy, and a visit to Hoonigan Racing headquarters. The last day to enter the contest online is Oct. 13 at 11:59 a.m. EDT. Anyone can enter at www.formuladrift.com while watching the hot action over the final weekend.
“Fiesta ST featuring the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is a huge hit, especially among Formula DRIFT fans,” said Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager. “We collaborated with Formula DRIFT to create an innovative way to give one to a lucky fan. We added lowering springs, an exhaust from Ford Racing Performance Parts, Rotiform 18-inch VCE wheels, Nitto NT555 ultra-high-performance tires and a K&N intake system to make this a true, one-of-one car. We had this hot new Fiesta ST at the season opener in Long Beach and will have it at the upcoming finale in California.”
The first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme – attracting enthusiasts from all walks of life. Highly skilled drivers maneuver high-powered cars into controlled slides at high speeds through a marked course. Judged on speed, execution and style rather than fastest time, drifting is a crowd pleaser that’s often compared to the freestyle nature of skateboarding and motocross.
The 2014 Formula DRIFT season will continue with Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 10-11. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaDrift.