Vaughn Gittin Jr.

2014 Formula D Championship Standings After Miami [STANDINGS]


Chris Forsberg still leads the championship, but the lead has shrunk down to just 10 points where it was 27.5 points after Atlanta. Vauhgn Gittin Jr has strung together back-to-back wins for the first time in Formula Drift since he won in Wall, NJ and Seattle, WA back in the 2012 season. Kenneth Moen moves up to third place with his second podium in the season, while Fredric Aasbo’s top-8 finish puts him in fourth place. Justin Pawlak rounds out the top five, although still more than 100 points behind both Forsberg and Gittin Jr.

Here’s how the points look after three rounds:

1. Chris Forsberg                 263 points
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr.         253 points
3. Kenneth Moen                 205.5 points
4. Fredric Aasbo                  189.5 points
5. Justin Pawlak                  140 points
6. Robbie Nishida               132.5 points
7. Forrest Wang                   129.5 points
8. Odi Bakchis                      121 points
9. Tyler McQuarrie            114 points
10. Michael Essa                    109 points
11. Darren McNamara        102 points
12. Chelsea Denofa               92 points
13. Conrad Grunewald       90.5 points
13. Ryan Tuerck                  90.5 points
15. Ken Gushi                        89 ponts
16. Dean Kearney              84.5 points
16. Geoff Stoneback           84.5 points
16. Matt Field                     84.5 points
19. Kyle Mohan                   71.5 points
19. Jhonnattan Castro      71.5 points

2014 Formula Drift Round 3 at Miami Homestead [RESULTS]


What an insane event at Miami Homestead today! Matt Field gave the tandem follow battle of the year but it wasn’t enough to get the win!  Chris Forsberg had oil pressure issues in the final which put him down on power and he couldn’t keep up with Vaughn. So here is how they finished, top three qualifiers are top three finishers:

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Kenneth Moen
4. Matt Field

2014 Formula Drift Round 3 at Miami Homestead Qualifying [RESULTS]


Chris Forsberg won top qualifying circumstances in such odd conditions due to tiebreakers. The reason he won top qualifier today was due to him being first in the championship. Dai Yoshihara never turned a wheel in qualifying due to mechanical issues just like Round 2 in Road Atlanta. The other big name who failed to make Top 32 was Daigo Saito who continues to struggle through the 2014 season. Here is how the Top 32 finished:

1. Chris Forsberg- 89
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr.- 89
3. Kenneth Moen- 86
4. Conrad Grunewald- 86
5. Forrest Wang- 85
6. Tyler McQuarrie- 85
7. Fredric Aasbo- 84
8. Justin Pawlak- 83
9. Ken Gushi- 81
10. Alec Hohnadell- 81
11. Chelsea DeNofa- 81
12. Odi Bakchis- 80
13. Matt Field- 80
14. Charles Ng- 79
15. Jhonnathan Castro- 77
16. Ryan Tuerck- 77
17. Dan Savage- 77
18. Mats Baribeau- 76
19. Dave Briggs- 76
20. Michael Essa- 76
21. Geoff Stoneback- 75
22. Pat Goodin- 74
23. Carl Ryquist- 74
24. Robbie Nishida- 74
25. Jeff Jones- 73
26. Matt Coffman- 72
27. Kyle Mohan- 71
28. Dennis Mertzanis- 71
29. Dean Kearney- 70
30. Darren McNamara- 69
31. Danny George- 69
32. Tony Angelo- 68

Top 32 Tandem Battles (Edit: Bold names won the top 32 matchup)
Chris Forsberg vs. Tony Angelo
Ryan Tuerck vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Justin Pawlak vs. Jeff Jones
Ken Gushi vs. Robbie Nishida
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Matt Field vs. Michael Essa
Forrest Wang vs. Dennis Mertzanis
Odi Bakchis vs. Geoff Stoneback

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Danny George
Jhonnathan Castro vs. Mats Baribeau
Fredric Aasbo vs. Matt Coffman
Alec Hohnadell vs. Carl Rydquist
Kenneth Moen vs. Darren McNamara
Charles Ng vs. Dave Briggs
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Kyle Mohan
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Pat Goodin

2014 East Coast Bash at Englishtown [GALLERY]


Dan Jenkins braved some bad weather to bring us a ton of images from East Coast Bash! The rain came down, the drifting continued, and the party went all night. These images should give you a great idea of why this weekend ranked #3 on our Top 10 Drift Vacations before you Die post. Follow the link below for tons of awesome images straight from New Jersey.


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Tandem Train over at East Coast Bash [VIDEO]

Chris Forsberg posted this Instagram video of the Drift Alliance and friends having a blast at Englishtown! Don’t worry, we have Dan Jenkins on the scene and will have a ton of images and content coming up on the site very soon!

Geoff Stoneback Takes on Road Atlanta [VIDEO]


Geoff Stoneback made a  video highlighting his Top 32 battle against Vaugn Gittin Jr. along with his Road Atlanta debut. Check out the full video story here.


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A Eurotrip Following Drifting Across the Continent [VIDEO]

Lukas Skersas left Chicago, Illinois and spent a good amount of time checking out the European drift scene. Come back to this page when you have an hour to enjoy this awesome video. Lukas checks out Drift All-Stars, EEDC, and Gatebil on his tour around Europe. He even runs into Ryan Tuerck, Odi Bakchis, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. on his tour around the country! Some European drivers get special airplay in the video like Jack Shanahan, Dmitriy Illyuk, James Deane, and Fail Crew.

Top 10 Drift Vacations to Take Before You Die


Regardless if you are independently wealthy or have a credit card to max out I put together the Top 10 drifting vacations you need to take before you die. The list is compiled upon driving, fan entertainment, atmosphere, and all the fun you can have in the area!


10. D1NZ Final Round – Mt. Smart (Auckland, New Zealand)


The D1NZ season ends at Mt. Smart under the lights! The venue is a custom built and it puts fans very close to the action. The track does take place in the Mt. Smart Stadium parking lot which normally holds duties for the National Rugby team. Once the race ends you are just a quick cab from downtown Auckland where some of the real fun can begin. Don’t miss some top drivers like Mad Mike Whiddett and C’s Garage take on the New Zealand night.

9. Irish Drift Championship – Mondello Park 


The most fun you can have in Ireland is by far Mondello Park. It puts you pretty close to Dublin and has the most energy over a drift weekend in Ireland. Big name drivers such as Dai Yoshihara, Darren McNamara, and other international stars tend to come and drive at this Ireland track as well. If you happen to come here and enjoy watching a weekend of pro drifting then you could also do the ProDrift Academy and drift on your own at Mondello!

8. Formula Drift Irwindale Speedway (Los Angeles, California)


The “House of Drift” as everybody knows it had to make the list. So many people attend this event now parking has been moved off site and stands have been put anywhere they can fit. The driving here tends to be world class and over the last few seasons a championship has been sorted out during the event weekend. Once the Irwindale weekend is over you will find yourself not very far from Los Angeles, Hollywood, and other places to finish out a great weekend.

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2014 Streetwise Drift Round 1 Kickoff [EVENT RECAP]

The day after Round 2 of Formula Drift at Road Atlanta, Streetwise Drift held their first Pro Am event of the year. The event was held right down the street at Greshman Motorsports Park. Greshman is a half mile oval track, with 12 degree banks. The park also has a smaller quarter mile flat oval inside of the larger track. This combination makes it a great location for awesome drift course layouts. Being the day after Road Atlanta, many pro drivers were in attendance. Danny George was a guest judge, Chelsea DeNofa was spotting for Kelsey Rowlings, and both Pat Goodin and Vaughn Gittin also attended the event. By mid morning you could tell that this was going to be an outstanding day of drifting!

As with any oval track with a very high bank, the day was filled with high speed, very hard crashes. Johan Munoz was a little too aggressive in practice, and took it hard into the wall. He completely tore the front right suspension off of his car, as he elevated off of the pavement. Before the accident he was one of the better looking drivers. It will be interesting to see how he recovers for the rest of the season.


One of the crowd favorites, Jonathan Nerren, was also a victim of the bank wall. Before the wreck he looked fantastic in his Magnuson Supercharged ls7 s14. Later Jonathan said, “After the wreck is what truly amazed me. My crew as well as quite a few other fellow drifters, got my car fixed and ready to qualify with the exception of one [axle]. It is great to have such a driven crew, family, and friends . My man Vaughn Gittin Jr was even getting his hands dirty. His passion and support for the sport is second to none. Thank you to all who were involved. Ready for Round 2.” The speed at which his crew got the car back together was faster than any Pro Am team I have seen before! Jonathan is definitely a guy to watch out for this year.

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10 Things I Learned From Formula Drift Round 2 This Weekend

10. Conrad Grunewald Does the Best Entries at Road Atlanta
A highlight of Road Atlanta is the creative entries drivers use coming down the big hill. Conrad Grunewald has the coolest ones in the series. You can watch a POV view here of his wild reverse entry.

9. For Good or Bad – The Judges Didn’t Seem to Agree This Weekend
The judges were so split this weekend I didn’t even bother to keep logging it in my notes after a while. Brian Eggert voted for Danny George to win and the other two picked Daigo Saito in Top 32. Andy Yen wanted an OMT for Dean Kearney vs. Ken Gushi and the other judges wanted Ken Gushi to move on as two examples. I do like the diversity in perspective and it will be interesting to see if this continues throughout the rest of the 2014 season.

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