Formula Drift Officially Clarifies the $5,000 / 30 Point Penalty Against Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 In Formula D Vaughn Gittin Jr.

The guys at Formula Drift came forward and released an official statement following the largest penalty in Formula Drift history issued to 2010 champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. based on a 9mm difference in his upper link. Here is the official issued statement from the sanctioning body Formula Drift:

 

Formula DRIFT has received various inquiries regarding the nature of the recent penalty handed down to Vaughn Gittin Jr. The following is a brief synopsis of the events that transpired and the ending result.

During Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway, we conducted standard technical inspection on the #25 car and found a part that was deemed to be out of compliance with 4.3 of the Formula DRIFT Technical Regulations. Following the event, we conducted a thorough investigation into the part (third link mount) that we deemed to be out of compliance. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was involved in the investigation and complied with our requests. We were able to determine through the investigation, that the part was indeed out of compliance. Factory Ford tolerances are the standard in which third link mounts must be within to be compliant on this chassis. The part in question was found to be an after-market part, that while made for the chassis in question, did not meet the factory tolerances and thus out of compliance. The penalty assessed is in no way an indictment of Vaughn Gittin Jr. or his team as cheaters. Our investigation did not reveal any evidence as such. Our investigation did not reveal any evidence that the part in question would create a competitive advantage. It stands that the team made a mistake. Drifting, by nature is a subjective sport, however, the technical regulations implemented by Formula DRIFT are black and white and so therefore must be administered in that way. To that end, the five (5) member panel of the Disciplinary Committee convened and returned a majority vote of the penalty that is currently listed on our website.

We hope the information we provided helps give additional clarity to the situation. Please contact our office for any further questions.

26 Comments

  1. Mike Peters says:

    Can’t wait to see the pending barrage of Mike Peters’s posts.

  2. Jenson says:

    That explains nothing. How was this link out? He’s been in a few wrecks this season, was it a new part or used? Was it out because the chassis has been tweaked in the wrecks? Was it 9mm ( or .355″ ) out in length, width, height, or a combination? How did this measurement compare to the initial inspection measurement from the beginning of the season? These are all questions I’d be asking if I was on that team.

  3. Scaifey86 says:

    One thing I would like to know, if something is found to be outside of the rules during an event, why is it only investigated after the event? Whether or not there was any advantage from the discrepancy, surely if something is out and it involves something as important as a cars suspension, why would the car in question be allowed to continue in the competition if there is a question over its legality?

  4. Johnny says:

    So FD says it was a mistake and not cheating and no advantage. Then 30 points and $5000 is a stupid big fine for not cheating and no advantage. If it was no advantage why didn’t FD just ask them to fix it before Texas? FD screws up again.

  5. Mikey says:

    Johnny, you’re an idiot. They broke the rules. Hence, a fine and penalty. IF there was no fine or penalty given and people found out this had happened, there goes all the fans of FD….. The fans that are left at least.

  6. Jenson says:

    @scaifey86,

    It’s easier to let them run, then investigate and figure out if they want to access a penalty. The contrary being not letting them run and deciding against a penalty and fine, which would still leave them with zero points for the event.

  7. Hosford Hugger says:

    so why did someone get banned from the pits if they weren’t cheating? I may have a mustache as big as Corey Hosfords, but this still smells funny!!

  8. Tie Fighter says:

    This is FD trying to not embarrass a big team and letting them save face. If the part in question was deemed to be different from the OE By not being altered then they would have said just don’t run that part any more. The part was clearly changed after they got it that’s the reason for such stiff fines and penalties.

  9. Anthonymcqueen87 says:

    I thought FD would spot this so called mistake before at the tech inspection. Why make it such a big deal after its common sense to spot any mistake before competition begins. Also deduction of 30 freaking points come on! We all know that
    Vaughn has been an agressive driver this year but that much of a point deduction is going way to far talk about a dramatic season for the books.

  10. Blaze1 says:

    FD feels the part gave no competitive advantage and does not feel the team are cheaters… so why the fine? Its like a judge handing down a maximum sentence for a crime but downplaying the severity of it the same time. “I sentence you to 10 years for battery, but I don’t really feel you meant to beat up that guy… in fact I think you threw those punches on accident”. FD’s strive to be professional and serious is admirable but this statement they released is quite confusing, shady, and kind of embarrassing.

  11. Sheffield says:

    Hosford Hugger- no one was “banned from the pits”. Read the FD penalty again. The person isn’t allowed to be the team representative the rest of the year.
    And how is it considered a standard tech inspection of its after top 32 started? Were any other cars teched on saturday or was it just VG’s car? I find it hard to believe that the other mustang had no problems when they were built by the same people.

    This whole thing makes absolutely no sense to me. If they say that the team didn’t cheat and they simply made a mistake, then why such a harsh penalty? Something stinks.

  12. Sheffield says:

    @Hosford Hugger- no one was “banned from the pits”. Read the FD penalty again. The person isn’t allowed to be the team representative the rest of the year.
    And how is it considered a standard tech inspection of its after the event started? Were any other cars teched on saturday or was it just VG’s car? I find it hard to believe that the other mustang had no problems when they were built by the same people. This whole thing makes absolutely no sense to me. If they say that the team didn’t cheat and they simply made a mistake, then why such a harsh penalty? Something stinks.

  13. Sheffield says:

    My computer spazzed out. Sorry for the 5,000 posts. Ugh.

  14. MD says:

    “Matt Damon”

  15. DA Fan says:

    Justin Pawlak had his car torn apart just like Vaughn Gittin’s at Seattle. I stood right there and saw it with my own eyes. They pulled his control arms, etc…

  16. Hosford Hugger says:

    Why remove a team representative from being a team representative if this was simply a ‘tolerance’ problem with an aftermarket off-the-shelf part?

    Bullshit.

    There, I said it.

  17. Johnny says:

    Hosford that’s what I meant and the team representative too. I don’t get the points or the fine or the team representative when FD themselves says it wasn’t cheating and was just a mistake. If FD says not cheating then they werent cheating. Blaze1 is right. Biggest FD penalty ever for NOT cheating is stupid.

  18. Tie Fighter says:

    I agree with Blaze1 and others. Its pretty clear this statement was made to try and put out a fire but they made a huge mistake in wording it and downplaying what happend. They shouldn’t have made any statement at all regarding this all it has done is make them look foolish.

  19. Kevin says:

    I’m surprised ryan sage hasn’t said anything yet on this post

  20. Slider S15 says:

    I still can’t help but feel that 30 points is nowhere near harsh enough for an Illegal car which has been competing for half a season in this state. 30 Points in FD isn’t that many and even if it shunts him down the order a little if he’s been in an illegal car he shouldn’t be able to keep the points scored in that car.

    Otherwise you might as well build an illegal car, press home the advantage for half the season and then take your tiny penalty and still have all the fruits of your cheating.

    I can’t help but feel FD is starting a dangerous precedent whereby such small penalties for Illegal modifications encourage other to risk it.

    PS: I can’t wait to see FD insider trying to sweep this under the rug….

  21. internet hero says:

    fd insider is where everything is made up but points dun matter hahaha

    no really, the only reason fd insider exists is so ryan sage can get his e-fame and get laid…. that show sux so bad

  22. Anthony says:

    Dumb question: aren’t they allowed to move the suspension pickup points 2 inches on the rear subframe?

    while I realize the rule is probably aimed at the IRS-equipped cars, shouldn’t something similar be in effect for the solid-axle cars as well?

    if all this is the way I understand it, why did this penalty even happen since it’s within the 2-inch tolerance?

  23. Donna Peters says:

    Been gone awhile…but this is just silly. Looks like FD has known about this for a long time. Vgj would have just choked snd spun out again at irwindale, but still he should have been banned 1 round in my opinion. Also, my son Mike Peters is still a lame. He took the shoulder pads out of my shirts and wears them to community college.

  24. Dyke Peters says:

    Donna….why did you kick me in the mouth while blowing your son? My big brother got really hurt. I think he liked it.

  25. Sheffield says:

    Slider S15: why should they have a harsher penalty if all parties involved said it was a mistake, not cheating and there was no performance advantage to having the aftermarket part?

  26. DUBteez says:

    Vgj and asd are at the top level of drifting/ car building. If a suspension pick up point was off there is absolutely no way the missed it. They’re a professional team and should be held to professional standards. However it sounds like as long as it’s not a blatant violation you can just say “huh would you look at that” and then fd just slaps you on the wrist.