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Vaughn Gittin Wins His Second Consecutive Event at Round 5: Throwdown - News

Takes The Lead in the Pro Championship Points Standings.

Nate Hassler
Jul 24, 2012
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Long Beach, Calif. – July 21, 2012 – Formula DRIFT returned to the Pacific Northwest at Evergreen Speedway for Round 5: Throwdown. Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang takes his second consecutive victory and the lead in the Pro Championship Points Standings.

Round 5: Throwdown continued the success of the season to a capacity crowd at Evergreen Speedway. The Driftstream saw an estimated 175,000 viewers in a 24-hour period.

“This has been one of the most exciting events of the season,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The chase for the championship heats up as we head into the final two events of the season and it is still anyone's to take with only 62 points separating the top 5 drivers.”

The action on the track showcased the true competition of the Series with many close battles and upsets throughout the event. Ken Gushi in the Greddy Performance Scion FR-S faced Hankook teammate Rhys Millen in the RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe in a very close battle. Millen took the victory for third place and his first podium appearance of the season. The Finals pitted Ryan Tuerck in the Retaks Nissan 240SX against Vaughn Gittin, Jr. After a tightly fought battle Gittin took the win and the lead in both the Pro Championship points standings and in the Tires.com Triple Crown, while Tuerck moves up to fifth place overall.

“I am just so pumped right now. We have been working so hard and have overcome the minor issues we had earlier this year and I owe this to my team and all my partners,” said Vaughn Gittin, Jr., winner of Round 5: Throwdown. “It just feels so good to re-focus and drive my heart out and stand on top of the podium!”

The competition is as close as it has ever been with only two remaining events remaining and the championship still up for grabs. The Formula DRIFT Pro Championship Round 6: After Dark on August 24 – 25 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

For more information visit: www.formulad.com

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2012 Point Standings After 5 Events
1.Gittin Jr., VaughnMonster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang391 Points
2.Saito, DaigoAchilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430383.50 Points
3.Pawlak, JustinFalken Tire Ford Mustang376 Points
4.Yoshihara, DaijiroDiscount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13347 Points
5.Tuerck, RyanTeam Retaks Nissan 240SX328.50 Points
6.Millen, RhysHankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe318.25 Points
7.Aasbo, FredricNeed for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC295.50 Points
8.Forsberg, ChrisNOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z293 Points
9.Powers, MattNeed for Speed / Nitto Nissan S14275.50 Points
10.Bakchis, Aurimas "Odi"Bakchis Motorsports Nissan 240SX S14267.75 Points
11.Gushi, KenGreddy / Hankook Scion FR-S266.50 Points
12.Grunewald, ConradHankook Chevrolet Camaro238.50 Points
13.Essa, MichaelGSR Autosport / Nitto BMW ZR4232 Points
14.Moen, KennethLutz Performance Nissan 350Z231 Points
15.Kado, RyanForged Racing / Nexen Tire Nissan 250Z 226 Points
16.Yoshioka, ToshikiRS*R Nissan S15224.75 Points

Round 5: Throwdown Event Results
1.Gittin Jr., VaughnMonster Energy / Falken Ford MustangWinner
2.Tuerck, RyanTeam Retaks Nissan 240SXSecond Place
3.Millen, RhysHankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis CoupeThird Place

Tires.com Triple Crown Standings after 2 events of 3
1.Gittin Jr., VaughnMonster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang176 Points
2.Aasbo, FredricNeed for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC153 Points
3.Tuerck, RyanTeam Retaks Nissan 240SX143.50 Points

By Nate Hassler
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