• Apr 17, 2010
Vaughn Gittin Jr. at the 2010 Long Beach Formula Drift event - Click above to watch the video after the jump

Formula Drift kicked off the 2010 season last weekend with its 5th annual Streets of Long Beach event on turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Grand Prix course that'll see ALMS and IndyCar action this weekend. Our man Michael Harley's GSR Autosport team faced plenty of adversity in its inaugural event, and it was the more seasoned (and well funded) teams that fared better.

At the end of the knockout stages, Vaughn Gittin Jr., in his new 2011 Mustang sponsored by Falken Tire and Monster Energy Drink, stood atop the podium. This is Gittin's best ever start to a season, with his last win coming at Irwindale in 2008. Rounding out the top three were Rhys Millen in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe in second and Tanner Foust in his NASCAR V8-powered Scion tC in third.

Vaughn was nice enough to send over video of his victorious drifting runs that includes some fantastic in-car footage. Hit the jump to watch, and be sure to turn up the volume!


[Source: Vimeo]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Bleh this is not a sport but more of a Games type of event.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love to see the performance of the 2011 Mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He's Gittin IT!

      ..sorry, I just had to..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was it the bracket or is his car just that much better? He was right next to the leading car every time, but nobody could even keep close. Wow. Those were easy to judge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love all the crap hanging off the roofs of these cars. Cameras and such, right?
      Still not racing, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nobody calls it racing...just you gtfo
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK, motorsport then. tfo..LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet you a better made BMW M3 could drift better... continuing the flaming from the other post in 3..2..1.. and go!
        • 4 Years Ago
        that would be awesome too see a bmw m3 go around this track
      • 4 Years Ago
      aka "Figure Skating"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the message is clear:

      The 2011 Mustang is here to rock your face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I won't pretend I adore or even understand this discipline (I wouldn't even call it a sport) but I surely like to see that fugly thing called Genesis getting literally smoked.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
        Well they're no friends of mine

        s s s s a a a a f f f f e e e e t t t t y y y y
        • 4 Years Ago
        Next thing you are going to say is snow boarding is not a sport.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *sigh

        Of course, he would say nothing about the monstrously ugly Scion tC, but he will use every chance to talk down about Hyundai Genesis Coupe because as a Japanese, he feels that it is his patriotic duty...

        Sick of typical JDM guys.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Vizel: Hello moron, European Ford-fan here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        whattttt how is this not an auto-sport??????????? i see cars a track and trophies...yup looks like the ingredients of competition my friend
        • 4 Years Ago
        so what are your thoughts on skateboarding?

        or Concours d'Elegance?

        judged, therefore lame = a universal truth, correct?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Subjective judging ~ 'not a sport' in my books... That includes figure-skating, dancing, synchronized swimming, etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That tC irritates me to no end. Why does Toyota have to come ruin drifting?
      • 4 Years Ago
      My god drifting has gotten lame since it became an American citizen. These cars would even fit on the Tōuge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why do you say that?

        I can drift a car the size of a Mustang quite easily on Fujimi Kaido on Forza 3 quite easily. The track is quite tight and is made up of constant uphill and downhill hairpins.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tankd0g

        All drifting is a series of controlled power slides................

        73.9in Width Mustang GT
        70.3in Width Skyline R34
        73.4in Width Hyundai Genesis
        74.6in Width Skyline R35
        71.5in Width 350z

        Oh yes that is a hell of a lot wider.................
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah..
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Mustang and the Dodge are a hell of a lot WIDER not to mention they need a lot more power to drift. Feint drifting them is near impossible. US drifting is nothing more than a series of power slides. Boring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My god the ignorance. Go back to your video games.

        A. They are not running stock widths.

        B. The width you need to worry about is measured at a 45 degree slip angle.

        Most American drifters would stuff it in the first corner descending a mountain pass in Japan. Deal with it. You don't power slide down hill.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Mustang is not that much larger than an R34... And the Genesis is smaller...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A bit late there AB.
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