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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Testing Ford Mustang at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. was spotted testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway today. His car and design looks the same as last year for the most part with a couple sponsorship additions. Ecko is added to his car for 2014 which we had noticed Vaughn wearing a good bit recently. Vaughn did tell us back when he was on Wrecked Weekly that a 2015 car will probably make a debut this season but just not in Formula Drift. We imagine some form of a demo car or international car such as WDS China build? Vaughn does also add the additive company Gumout it appears to his sponsorships in 2014.

Tony Brakohiapa Heading to Pikes Peak 2014

Tony Brakohiapa has been absent from Formula Drift with his Ford Mustang recently but his 1000hp Ford is heading to Pikes Peak this year. He will join the ranks of Danny George as a competitor at Pikes Peak.  Tony who is fresh off a Hollywood stunt work on the film Need for Speed (look for him in the silver Saleen S7 and briefly in the red Koniegsegg.

His 1000hp comes from a Vortech V7 supercharger and Ignite racing’s ethanol-based race gas. “This is now a machine capable of conquering the hill!” Brakohiapa enthused. Find out how he does this summer. 

Justin Pawlak Wall Rides of Long Beach


Justin Pawlak compiled this wall ride photo of him tagging the Streets of Long Beach outside clipping point wall from 2009, 2011, and 2013. His 2013 Formula Drift season wound up in a bit of a disaster when he went too deep in his first qualifying run and wrecked the car. His team at RTS did get it repaired so he could make his second qualifying pass. Here are some videos to boot with these amazing pictures.

2009 Formula Drift Long Beach Wall Tap

2011 Formula Drift Long Beach Qualifying Run

2013 Formula Drift Media Day (First Run off the Rig)

2013 Formula Drift Qualifying Run 1 with Crash

Mustang RTR Spec 3 Sells for $110k at Barrett Jackson


Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR brand teamed up with Mothers Polish to build and donate a custom Mustang RTR Spec 3. The Spec 3 has overfenders, more HP, and a different front lip, along with a gorgeous custom candy red paint job. The car was sold for $110,000 for charity. All of the money was given was donated to the TGen Foundation.

For those who are not familiar with the TGen Foundation they use all donations to fund TGen’s biomedical research as our scientists target new treatments, therapies, and cures for diseases such as autism, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, brain tumors, diabetes, and many other cancers and neurological disorders. The mission of the TGen Foundation is to positively impact the lives of patients and their families. They do this by raising funds that accelerate TGen’s efforts to make and translate genomic discoveries into advances in human health.

2013 Formula D OEM Manuafacturers Championship Final Standings

With a third event win behind Daigo Saito and the second event with two drivers in the final four (Saito and Nishida), Lexus takes the 2013 Formula D OEM Championship (as we also announced last night). Nissan came in second, finishing with a top-8 from Forsberg and a top-16 from Kado, with Ford finishing in third as Gittin Jr finished with a strong qualifying effort and a top-8 finish while Pawlak was eliminated in the Top-32. Here’s how the final standings finished up:

1. Lexus – 975.5 points
2. Nissan – 912.5 points
3. Ford – 906 points
4. Scion – 866.5 points
5. BMW – 846.5 points
6. Chevy – 600 points
7. Toyota – 331 points
8. Mazda – 209 points
9. Subaru – 186.5 points
10. Dodge – 140.5 points
11. Hyundai – 79.25 points

2013 Formula Drift Round 6 – OEM Manufacturers Championship [STANDINGS]

Ford’s lead in the OEM championship shrinks as Lexus jumps Nissan, making for an exciting showdown going into the final round of competition. BMW also climbed over Scion in the standings behind their second win and third podium of the season. All of the top 5 OEM brands have a legitimate shot at the OEM championship entering the final round, and landing a pair of drivers on the podium could drastically tilt the standings.

Here’s how the OEM championship shapes up after six of seven rounds:

1. Ford – 810.5 points
2. Lexus – 801.5 points
3. Nissan – 794 points
4. BMW – 756 points
5. Scion – 742.5 points
6. Chevy – 483.5 points
7. Toyota – 281.75 points
8. Mazda – 184.75 points
9. Subaru – 162 points
10. Hyundai – 79.25 points
11. Dodge – 73.5 points

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

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Makes Official Statement On Fine/Illegal Suspension

The point of the shaft in this photo represents the OEM pivot location as defined by Formula Drift compared to the aftermarket point we were using.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. grabbed me this morning in Germany and put together an official statement about the whole illegal suspension/fine issue happening to him this weekend. Here is Vaughn’s official statement on the whole matter below:


“Since 2005 all of my Mustangs have run an off-the-shelf unmodified aftermarket upper third link mount because of their strength. These mounts are advertised as sold with a factory OEM pivot location.

Formula Drift checked our mount in Seattle, our car was found to be less than 0.375″ (the thickness of the CD case) out of compliance, and since then we have all found that there are versions of this product on the market with varying tolerances, unbeknownst to us until now. Although independently-sourced suspension engineers have confirmed zero competitive advantage, we accept that our car was out of compliance.
Because of the passion and respect we have for our sport and our competitors, my newly-formed team and I would never intentionally be out of compliance and put our supporters and us knowingly in this position. At this point, we are putting this behind us and moving on; see you in Texas where we will continue our fight for the Championship.”
- Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Ultimate Vaughn Gittin Jr. Fan Jason Brozak Builds A Replica Street Car

The first fan replica street car we saw came in the form of a Honda Jazz made to look like Walker Wilkerson’s old S13. This Mustang replica of Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s 2013 drift machine looks not so far off from accurate. The car is located in Nebraska and is clearly a huge VGJ fan. He even takes stickers from Hoonigan, Nitto Tire, K&N, Magnaflow, and RTR to keep his bases covered on the Formula Drift street car replica.

2013 Formula Drift Round 5 – Seattle – Manufacturers Championship [STANDINGS]

With a pair of top 8 finishes for Justin Pawlak and Vaughn Gittin Jr, Ford takes over sole control of first place in the OEM Manufacturer’s standings, with Lexus dropping to third. Nissan moved into second thanks to the win from Forsberg and a top-16 showing from Kado. Scion and BMW round out the top five, with Chevy, Toyota, and Mazda maintaining their position. Subaru and Hyundai both jumped ahead of Dodge thanks to the first top-16 appearances of the season from both brands behind Yoshioka (Subaru) and Mertzanis (Hyundai).

Here’s the current standings after 5 rounds:

1. Ford – 712.5 points
2. Nissan – 683.5 points
3. Lexus – 668.25 points
4. Scion – 645.5 points
5. BMW – 597 points
6. Chevy – 429 points
7. Toyota – 201.75 points
8. Mazda – 160.5 points
9. Subaru – 106 points
10. Hyundai – 79.25 points
11. Dodge – 49.25 points