I got to sit down with Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Ford Media Center for right around 30 minutes during the SEMA Show to talk with him about a number of really important topics. We covered his new project Mustang RTR, the state of Formula Drift, World Drift Series China, and his $5,000 fine for illegal suspension. We even got to break down his tandem battle with Patrick Mordaunt from Formula Drift Texas and get his thoughts on the first overturned judging call in the sport which directly impacted his season. Last but not least Vaughn spills the beans on when he will make the debut in a 2015 Ford Mustang!
All the details are on the Hoonigan flyer posted above to come see the 2015 Ford Mustang in person. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be wheeling the car to Hoonigan HQ after a big unveil in West LA to the public. The Mustang is getting a worldwide launch tomorrow but tons of details like overall less weight and independent rear suspension have already been leaked. Come see it in person tomorrow!
Check out the Nitto Tire team from the Irwindale Speedway weekend in a recap of the big House of Drift event. Chelsea DeNofa, Matt Powers, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. round out the Nitto Tire crew for 2013 carrying them all through Formula Drift. All three drivers finished in the Top 16 of the series this year putting together quite a performance for the season. Watch the video and see what the team is up to.
Ryan Tuerck made a SEMA video that involved off-road trucks, a Gymkhana 6 teaser, a visit to GRC, and some show cars of the SEMA show. Ryan Tuerck threw his own event at The Griffin bar in old Las Vegas and he wrapped up the week at Get Nutz Lab’s private race track in Las Vegas. The longest episode of Tuerck’d by far to date and it is a good one.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. flew out to Spain to run the Gymkhana Grid to hang out with his Monster Energy drink family/friends over in Europe. While doing so he hopped on the track and put down the second fastest RWD time of the weekend 50.2 falling just shy of Luke Fink. His time even ran close to Ken Block who was just 1.44 seconds faster in the AWD category. Vaughn is now traveling to SEMA for the week to provide demos in the Ford Out Front category of the show.
Nitto Tires put together an info graphic of consumption and usage at Formula Drift Inrwindale. 1,800 tires were used in the weekend by 54 drivers. While the fans in attendance consumed 2,500 hot dogs along with 4,500 waters/sodas. A poor performance in the keg department with 15 tapped and my coffee consumption went unmonitored apparently. What do you think of Formula Drift by the numbers?
Bash Bangers Part 3 was released by Hoonigan today showing off all the fun of East Coast Bash. The Drift Alliance members running team tandem, Bentley’s doing burnouts, and tons of east coast drivers taking on all the tracks at Englishtown. Enjoy!
Several decade awards were given away this weekend at the 10th year anniversary of Formula Drift. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was awarded one for the Ace of the Decade. Vaughn has run all 10 seasons of Formula Drift and stocked up the most tandem victories of any driver in the series. Quite an impressive feat he should be proud of!
This was a pretty straightforward award which was given to Vaughn Gittin Jr. for having the highest average qualifying place over the 2013 season. Congrats to Vaughn Gittin Jr. who made a 2013 season transition to Nitto Tires this season smoothly and would of come damn close to a championship this year without fines and overturned protests against his favor.