Baltimore, MD (July 13, 2010) - Over the weekend, Vaughn Gittin Jr. returned to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington for Formula Drift Round 4 with hopes of retaining his heavy points lead for the Championship. With qualifying in 1st place and a 9th place finish overall, Vaughn and the Monster Energy/Falken Tire Ford Mustang were able to accomplish the goal of leading the points chase after completing more than half of the 2010 Formula Drift season.
Friday was a toasty one out at Evergreen Speedway, but the hot sun didn't stop the fans from piling in to catch some practice/qualifying action and the Formula Drift drivers' autograph session. Vaughn's second qualifying run of the day (90.6 points) was just enough to push out his Falken Tire teammate Justin Pawlak for the 1st place spot.
Saturday's main event brought a huge crowd that filled the grandstands - by far the largest Formula Drift turnout at this northwest track. Whether he was throwing out Exedy t-shirts, autographing the same Falken Azenis RT615-K's he had destroyed earlier on the track, or chatting with drift-enthusiasts, Vaughn was in full interaction with the hyped-up fans.
Going into the top 32, Vaughn was paired to do battle with the "Slidin' Hawaiian", Alex Pfeiffer. Vaughn led first and threw down a fantastic run, just as he had done in qualifying, as Pfeiffer pushed in attempt to keep up with the powerful Mustang. When following, Vaughn put the pressure on Pfeiffer and closed in on him throughout the course. The judges deemed Vaughn the winner after his clear advantage.
Vaughn was matched with Norwegian drifter, Fredrick Aasbo, for the battle of the top sixteen. Vaughn had defeated Aasbo earlier in the season in the semi-finals of Round 1 in Long Beach. Vaughn led first and rode the wall high on the bank, as Aasbo corrected while trying to mimic the high line and intense angle. After exiting the bank, Vaughn came in like a maniac though the power-ally, hitting all the clips on-point with insane angle. When it was Aasbo's turn to lead, both he and Vaughn entered high on the bank. Aasbo tapped the wall, which caused Vaughn to adjust and hit the wall himself. The judges called for a "One More Time". Vaughn led first for the OMT and had a great run up until he came into the power-ally with such insane angle that he was forced to spin. When Vaughn gave chase next, he stayed extremely close on Aasbo's door, but it was not enough to overcome his earlier mistake. Aasbo was given the win and would move on.
Vaughn finished the event in 9th place overall and gained a total of 66 points - 54 points for a top 16 finish and 12 points for qualifying first. He remains in 1st place overall in the Formula Drift Championship points chase - 26 points ahead of Tanner Foust in 2nd place, and 31 points ahead of Daijiro Yoshihara in 3rd place.
"I always look forward to running at Evergreen Speedway," says Vaughn. "The crowd is incredible and the course is fast and a lot of fun. We had the Monster Energy/ Falken Tire Ford Mustang dialed and I started the weekend out right by qualifying first. Unfortunately, I beat myself this round by being too aggressive and making a mistake in the top sixteen. I have already put it behind me and I am looking forward to getting crazy in Vegas." Vaughn slides into Sin City August 20-21 for Round 5 of the Formula Drift Championship, where he hopes to solidify his points lead even more with a strong finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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