A decade almost to the very day… On October 18, 2010, at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California – now commonly known as the House of Drift – Vaughn Gittin Jr wheeled his 1,200-horsepower, asphalt wrinkling Monster Energy Ford Mustang to his first Formula Drift championship. Hyped as the Title Fight, Gittin thrilled the sold-out crowd of 10,000 So. Cal motorheads by whipping his black and green Mustang around the venue’s 12-degree banking, the growling American muscle car often times mere inches from the venue’s ominous – and quite unforgiving – concrete walls to win the prestigious international title. “This is just simply unreal,” Gittin announced to this writer that chilly evening on the outskirts of the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. “To do this has been a total dream of mine.”
Fast forward 10 years and to last Saturday evening in Irwindale, California where, yet again, Gittin clinched the Formula D championship in his 2020 Monster Energy Ford Mustang RTR. “This is just simply unbelievable,” declared the very moved wheelman who likes to refer to himself as a “Professional Fun-Haver” booth in and out of the car. ”This has been a dream of mine for the past seven years. It is a true accomplishment for my team and a testament to their commitment to the sport. I could not dream a better Formula Drift season for our team and to have earned these results throughout the year have had me elated with gratefulness.” The first Yankee to win a Formula D1 Grand Prix – Gittin pulled that off at the 2005 USA vs. Japan showdown – Vaughn Gittin is the undisputed master of the sport in this nation and a day removed from rolling out of Irwindale with more Formula D hardware, we tracked down and caught up with the lead-footed tire destroyer who perpetually sees the world sideways through bloodshot eyes. Take it away, Vaughn.