World Champion Drifter and Professional Fun-Haver, Vaughn Gittin Jr., is best known for his aggressive, foot-to-the-floor, big-smoke driving style from behind the wheel of arguably the most recognizable cars in the sport: the 2019 Monster Energy Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D.
In the United States, Gittin won his first Formula Drift title in 2010, and was awarded the Ace Driver of the Decade title in 2013 to recognize an impressive competition record that saw him take more tandem battle victories than any other driver in 10 years of Formula Drift history. Vaughn finished third in the Formula Drift Championship for the 2016 season, marking an impressive year highlighted by two victories. Vaughn finished fourth in the 2017 championship chase after successfully campaigning a brand-new engine program and two-car team. For 2019, Vaughn will campaign a 2019 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D with increased power and improvements to chase the 2019 championship.
Vaughn is also a three-time World Drift Series champion (2011-2013). In 2005, he became the first American ever to win a D1 Grand Prix event when he stood atop the podium in the 2005 USA vs. Japan competition. Vaughn again brought the title home for the USA in the 2007 World Championship.
This Professional Fun-Haver and World Champion Drifter is no one-trick pony. With his accomplishments spanning the globe within all disciplines of motorsport, Vaughn is also the undisputed master of having a damn good time behind the wheel of just about anything.
Vaughn’s off-road bug is in full force, competing in 2019 with “Brocky,” a state of the art off-road monster built by Jimmy’s 4×4. Brocky’s classic Ford Bronco body contains an innovative independent front suspension and Ford Performance 427 crate motor capable of 600hp and 600 lb.-ft of torque for awesome performance.
A few of Vaughn’s accomplishments outside of drifting was becoming the first crossover driver in Ultra4 Racing to finish the 2019 King of the Hammers off-road race within the top 10; finishing in 7th place in the toughest and most difficult 4400 class. In 2016, he was also the first ever crossover driver to finish the King of the Hammers off-road race, finishing in the top 10 in his first ever appearance. 2018 saw Vaughn take the East Coast Championship in the Ultra4 4500 Class. Vaughn also competed in NASCAR Canada Series and finished 14th out of 32 drivers in Québec in 2014; and he also took 5th place during his first Trans AM race at Road America in 2015.
Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Vaughn is the owner/driver for the RTR Drift Team. In 2010, he launched Mustang RTR, his vision for a new generation of Mustang that is available at select Ford dealerships worldwide. In 2019, RTR introduced the Ford F-150 RTR, a brand-new truck in the spirit of RTR. Find out more at www.RTRVehicles.com.
In addition to his competition career, Gittin is an approachable media personality who has appeared on many popular television programs including Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness. He hosted the NBC Sports program Octane Academy and appears regularly on Formula Drift TV.