1405 Vaughn Gittin Jr Win
Amie Williams
Associate Online Editor
May 13, 2014
Photos By: Larry Chen

Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. is no joke on the drift course, and he proved that once again at Road Atlanta where he propelled himself and Nitto Tire to victory during the second event of the 2014 Formula Drift season. Vaughn's Nitto-equipped Ford Mustang RTR was pushed to the max rocking some Nitto Tire NT05 tires.

Despite the torrential downpour that plagued Friday's qualifying round, Vaughn Gittin Jr. still nabbed third in the loud black and green Mustang RTR and took on the Top 32 knocking out fellow Ford Mustang driver Justin Pawlak, and powerhouse Fredric Asabo.

“This weekend’s Formula DRIFT race at Road Atlanta demonstrated the wide-ranging capabilities of our NT05 tire and showed why it is the choice of champions like Vaughn Gittin Jr.,” said Harry Kong, Brand Publishing and Social Media Strategist for Nitto Tire. “Vaughn’s ability to push his Mustang and maintain absolute control in both wet and dry conditions played a critical role in his win at Atlanta.”

After propelling that Ford Mustang to first place this round, Gittin is now ranked second place in the Tire Championship standings, just 30 points below competitor Chris Forsberg.

“Winning tonight feels amazing and what feels even more incredible is the way that we won,” said Gittin in a post-race interview. “We drove our hearts out. We fought as hard as we possibly could and I can’t thank my team enough. I can’t thank Ford enough for making an amazing Ford Mustang and Nitto Tire for the unbelievable tires that clearly separated us from the rest of the field.”

Next race is May 30-31 at Florida's own Homestead located in Miami, so be sure to keep up with Vaughn Gittin JR. and his NItto Tire-equipped Mustang as they plan to land another podium finish.

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