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 Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR.

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.

His accomplishments span the globe. He is a three-time World Drift Series champion (2013, 2012, 2011). 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. He again brought the title home for the USA in the 2007 World Championship.

This professional funhaver and World Champion Drifter is no one trick pony and is experienced in many forms of motorsports and the master of having a damn good time behind the wheel of just about anything. Two honorable mentions are when Vaughn competed in NASCAR Canada Series and finished 14th out of 32 drivers in Quebec in 2014, and also when he took 5th place his first Trans AM race at Road America in 2015.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Gittin is the owner/driver for the RTR Drift Team. In 2010, he launched the Mustang RTR, his vision for a new generation of Mustang that is available at select Ford dealerships worldwide. Find out more at

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.


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