Vaughn Gittin Jr.
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Vaughn Gittin Jr., commonly known as JR or Gittin, is an American self-taught professional drifter from Maryland who currently competes in the Formula D series in his 2018 Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Racing Mustang RTR. Vaughn is the creator of Mustang RTR, his version of a new generation of Mustang that is available at Ford dealers.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. has become one of drifting’s most iconic figures and his machine, the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Racing Mustang, one of the sport's most identifiable cars. Vaughn is known best by his aggressive, foot to the floor, big smoke driving style. Being such a fierce competitor, Vaughn is known as the only American to win a D1 Grand Prix event twice. In 2005 Vaughn won the D1GP USA vs. Japan. In 2007, he brought America the gold once more by winning the D1GP World Championship. In 2010, Vaughn earned his first Formula Drift Championship, becoming the second-ever Champion with a strictly-drifting background. In 2011, Vaughn competed in China's premier drift series, WDS, and took home the Championship. In 2012, Vaughn was shy just one spot of the Championship, taking second place overall. He has achieved five wins and multiple podiums throughout his Formula Drift career.
In 2011, Vaughn had a Formula Drift season of ups and downs, but finished off the year with one podium. Vaughn traveled to China throughout the year to compete in WDS (World Drift Series) and came out on top with the Championship. Vaughn also had the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia, to share drifting with the Middle East. That is where he created his video “Drifting in the K.S.A”. In 2011, Ford launched their “Octane Academy” with Vaughn as one of the featured drivers, alongside Ken Block, Brian Dickgrab, and Tanner Foust.
For the 2010 season, Vaughn made the switch over to a 2011 Monster Energy Falken Tire Ford Mustang. When the season ended, Vaughn had been on the podium for 6 out of 7 Formula Drift events. Vaughn’s consistency within the season earned him his first Formula Drift Championship, a goal Vaughn has chased after for the previous seven years. In 2010, Vaughn also continued to travel the world performing drifting exhibitions to help promote drifting.
Also in 2010, Vaughn launched his brand for a new generation of Mustang with the RTR. This is a dealer-installed package for the 2011 Ford Mustang GT V8 5.0 available at select Ford dealerships.
Vaughn became the new face of the Ford Mustang in 2009, as he introduced the 2010 version to the world by drifting it onstage during its live reveal on Speed TV. He also had the opportunity to tour Japan with a 2010 Mustang while stopping to drift at legendary tracks. Competition-wise in the 2009 season, Vaughn retired his 2005 Ford Mustang for the new 2010 version, a car that gave him much success. In this year Vaughn came close to the Championship with a 5th-place finish.
Vaughn began his career as a professional driver in 2004 when he drove his personal Nissan S13 in Formula Drift. In 2005, he switched machines to a new Ford Mustang, which brought him many victories. In 2008, Vaughn got the attention of Ford Racing who decided to back this American Mustang driver.
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