Team Falken Driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. Takes Third At Formula Drift Round 6 “After Dark” In Vegas
Vaughn Gittin maintains his points lead with a solid podium finish in Las Vegas. Check out the results and more in Falken Tire's drift report below.
Team Falken Driver Vaughn Gittin, Jr., took the final step on the podium with his third place finish at the late night run in Vegas, keeping him in the lead in the points standings for the final showdown for the Formula D championship to be decided in October.
Qualifying fifth in his Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2013 Ford Mustang on a new track configuration at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Gittin, Jr., - JR – to those who know him, easily glided through the Top 32 and Top 16 rounds. Falken teammates Justin Pawlak, also in a 2013 Falken Tire Ford Mustang, qualified 9th, and Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara was 17th. By the Top 8 Round, only JR was left, and he moved on to the Top 4 Round only to lose to Fredric Asabo during a “one more time.” In the Final Round, Gittin, Jr. defeated Robbie Nishida for third, while Asabo lost to eventual Vegas winner Rhys Millen.
The third place finish for JR added more points to his total of 473. He leads second place Daigo Saito by 25.5 points. Millen moved to third with 428.25.
“Competition has never been tougher,” admitted Gittin, Jr. “We’ve got some time to prepare for our last Formula Drift event in October, and we are going to do everything possible to keep the recent momentum going.”
Team Falken Formula Drift Supervisor Jonathan Bradford agreed. “It’s at this point we really sink our teeth into preparation. I have every confidence that my entire Falken team of drivers and crew will make sure everything is dialed in when we attack Irwindale Speedway. This is what it’s all about – the championship.” While Gittin, Jr., is in first, Pawlak sits in fourth and “Dai” in fifth, just 1.5 points behind Pawlak.
“Team Falken knows what it has to do,” added Nick Fousekis, Falken’s Director of Motorsports Marketing and Events. “We’ll make sure our Azenis RT615K tires address the traction and performance curves whatever the weather and our competitors throw at us at Irwindale. This event always sells out and we don’t want to disappoint the fans who come out to cheer on Team Falken. Certainly, we’d like to finish one-two-three in the championship.”
Falken hosted 208 dealers and guests at its hospitality suite in Las Vegas. The Title Fight for the championship is scheduled for October 12-13 at Irwindale in Southern California.
Falken Tire Corporation, based in Fontana, California, was introduced to the North American market in 1985. Falken focus on UHP (Ultra High Performance) products and utilizes pro drifting and American LeMans race programs to further develop, improve and market passenger vehicle products for worldwide distribution. For more information, visit Falken Tire’s website at www.falkentire.com and its enthusiast site at www.wegetyougoing.com.