Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Shows off his Foxbody Mustang [VIDEO]

Vaughn Gittin Jr. walks you around his missile Fox which happens to be one awesome Foxbody Ford Mustang turned missile car. The thing is a bit haggard these days but sure makes a fun drift car. Vaughn does a walk around of the Mustang and takes it out for some fun at Clubloose!

Gatebil 2014 – The Event of Events [VIDEO]

This is one awesome event weekend known as Gatebil in Norway. Here is a great video showing off some of the fun and excitement that is Gatebil. Sit back and enjoy one of the most fun events you can find.

2014 Formula D Championship Standings after Seattle [STANDINGS]

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Despite qualifying fourth (ahead of both Fredric Aasbo and Vaughn Gittin Jr) and earning an incredible fifth consecutive podium, Chris Forsberg’s lead on the championship remains unchanged from the 59 points it stood at after New Jersey due to this year’s points structure. Both Forsberg and Aasbo earned 4.5 points for qualifying (4th thru 8th qualifiers earn the same amount of points), and although Forsberg earned a spot on the podium in front of all of the cameras while Aasbo remained on the sideline in 4th place, the elimination of the 3rd place battle gives both 3rd and 4th place drivers the same amount of points. Vaughn Gittin Jr fell from just 65 points behind to 113 points behind due to his early Top 32 exit, while Kenneth Moen fell from 111 points behind to 146 points behind after his top 16 exit, nearly eliminating him from the championship chase.

The top qualifier effort combined with the win (a perfect slate for only the seventh time in history and the first time since Long Beach 2013) moves McNamara up from eighth to fifth in the championship table.

Here’s how the points stack up after five of seven rounds of competition.

1. Chris Forsberg                 421.5 points
2. Fredric Aasbo                  362.5 points
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.         308.5 points
4. Kenneth Moen                 275.5 points
5. Darren McNamara        263 points
6. Odi Bakchis                      243.5 points
7. Justin Pawlak                  226 points
8. Dean Kearney                215.5 points
9. Robbie Nishida               191 points
10. Forrest Wang                   183.5 points
11. Conrad Grunewald       176.5 points
12. Michael Essa                    164.5 points
13. Ryan Tuerck                  162 points
14. Ken Gushi                        156 ponts
15. Tyler McQuarrie            153.5 points
16. Matt Field                       153 points
17. Charles Ng                   137 points
18. Chelsea Denofa               134.5 points
19. Kyle Mohan                   124 points
20. Daijiro Yoshihara      122.5 points

Formula Drift Nation Episode 2 [VIDEO]


The second ever episode of Formula Drift Nation was put up today on DailyMotion. This episode features Toro from GT Channel and myself as we talk about a review of Formula Drift Japan and the upcoming Formula Drift Seattle. My podium prediction is 1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 2. Chris Forsberg 3. Chelsea DeNofa and 4. Daigo Saito for the weekend. Let’s see how I did next weekend.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Takes A Visit to A Sprint Car Driving School [VIDEO]

Check out Vaughn Gittin Jr. driving a non winged sprint car at the Cory Kruseman Sprint Car Driving School  in California.He teams up with a winged sprint cup driver as they learn the course and experience what sprint cars are all about.

Fredric Aasbo In Car POV with Engine Data [VIDEO]

A very cool and unique look at Fredric Aasbo’s Scion tC taking on Wall Speedway. You can see nitrous engage, revs, and his throttle modulation all around the course. The video shows him in tandem with Vaughn Gittin Jr. as he attempts to perform the perfect follow run. Enjoy this unique data set of a drift run.

2014 Formula Drift Round 4 – Main Event [GALLERY]

FredricAasbo.Tandem DennisMertzanis.VaughnGittinJr MattFIeld.OdiBakchis Dan Jenkins stepped up and delivered a gallery from what many are dubbing the best Formula Drift event in history! So many close tandem battles through the weekend helped him put together almost 800 amazing photos from the big Round 4 weekend. Follow the link below and enjoy  drift overload.   Check out Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=416

2014 Formula D Championship Standings after New Jersey [STANDINGS]

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Fredric Aasbo’s win in New Jersey catapults him over Vaughn Gittin Jr in the standings, but both are still chasing Chris Forsberg. By qualifying first and placing second, Forsberg now leads by 59 points, up from just 10 points after Miami. With Kenny Moen 111 points behind Forsberg due to his exit in top 16, this is practically a three-horse race with just three events to go.

Here’s how the top 20 points shape up after four rounds:

1. Chris Forsberg                 353 points
2. Fredric Aasbo                  294 points
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.         288 points
4. Kenneth Moen                 242 points
5. Odi Bakchis                      189.5 points
6. Justin Pawlak                  173.5 points
7. Forrest Wang                   164.5 points
8. Darren McNamara        153 points
9. Robbie Nishida               151.5 points
10. Conrad Grunewald       141.5 points
11. Tyler McQuarrie            134.5 points
12. Dean Kearney              134 points
13. Michael Essa                    131 points
14. Ryan Tuerck                  125.5 points
15. Matt Field                     119.5 points
16. Charles Ng                   118 points
17. Chelsea Denofa               115.5 points
18. Ken Gushi                        106.5 ponts
19. Kyle Mohan                   90.5 points
20. Jhonnattan Castro      89 points

2014 Formula Drift Round 4 – Wall Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Qualifying from Wall Speedway is in! One of the biggest (if not biggest) grid we have seen at Wall in history. Also, never have we seen so many ties in Formula Drift history. Almost 75% of drivers were on a point style that came down to style (style points denoted on tiebreakers. Style ties were broke by championship rank.) Here is how they finished up:

1. Chris Forsberg – 93
2. Chelsea DeNofa – 92
3. Michael Essa – 90
4. Dai Yoshihara – 89
5. Odi Bakchis – 87 (46 Style)
6. Tyler McQuarrie – 87 (45 Style)
7. Fredric Aasbo – 87 (44 Style)
8. Kenneth Moen – 85
9. Conrad Grunewald – 84 (43 Style)
10. Forrest Wang – 84 (41 Style)
11. Kyle Mohan – 83
12. Matt Field – 82 (42 Style)
13. Ryan Tuerck – 82 (41 Style)
14. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 82 (40 Style)
15. Darren McNamara – 79 (42 Style)
16. Robbie Nishida – 79 (40 Style)
17. Marc Landerville – 79 (32 Style)
18. Pat Goodin – 78
19. Dennis Mertzanis – 76
20. Daigo Saito – 75 (37 Style)
21. Mats Baribeau – 75 (35 Style)
22. Justin Pawlak – 74 (35 Style)
23. Jhonnathan Castro – 74 (35 Style)
24. Karl Osaki – 74 (33 Style)
25. Ken Gushi – 73 (36 Style)
26. Tony Angelo – 73 (36 Style)
27. Charles Ng – 72 (36 Style)
28. Ryan Kado – 72 (33 Style)
29. Dave Briggs – 72 (32 Style)
30. Dean Kearney – 70 (37 Style)
31. Patrick Mordaunt – 70 (32 Style)
32. Joon Maeng – 68

 

 

LEFT BRACKET
Chris Forsberg vs. Joon Maeng
Robbie Nishida vs. Marc Landerville
Kenneth Moen vs. Ken Gushi
Conrad Grunewald vs. Karl Osaki
Dai Yoshihara vs. Dave Briggs
Ryan Tuerck vs. Daigo Saito
Odi Bakchis vs. Ryan Kado
Matt Field vs. Mats Baribeau

RIGHT BRACKET
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Patrick Mordaunt
Darren McNamara vs. Pat Goodin
Fredric Aasbo vs. Tony Angelo
Forrest Wang vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Michael Essa vs. Dean Kearney
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dennis Mertzanis
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Charles Ng
Kyle Mohan vs. Justin Pawlak

An Adventure out to HyperFest for US Drift Round 1

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So after spending the week in Southern Florida for Formula Drift Round 3 I managed to spend just a few days at home back in Los Angeles before hopping on a flight to Washington DC. The last time I ventured out to Summit Point wasn’t what I would call a fun experience. I had trekked out in my G35 from Atlanta to watch Formula Drift use the Shenandoah Circuit for a course. Hyperfest opted to use that same track for a parking lot!

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For qualifying I got invited up into the judges tower built at one end of Main Course. The track is technical, very very fast, and pretty much anywhere around the track you have an amazing view. Here is David Bellomo taking his 1JZ powered 240sx around the course in car where he qualified 9th so you can get a feel for this track.
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