Drifting Mustangs

Ford Backs Pawlak and Gittin Jr.

Larry Jewett - April 09, 2014 07:56 PM


Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Justin Pawlak will carry Ford backing in Formula Drift 2014

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To celebrate its second year as an official sponsor of the Formula DRIFT series, Ford Motor Company is returning in force for 2014. Ford will support Mustang drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Justin Pawlak and bring trackside displays to key events across the United States.
“The competitiveness of Ford Mustang and the passionate fans convinced us to return to Formula DRIFT this year,” said Steve Ling, Ford North America car marketing manager. “Outsiders sometimes ask why we support Formula DRIFT so strongly. Anyone who follows the sport knows that it’s the perfect place to connect with enthusiasts who value performance as much as we do at Ford Motor Company.”
“Fans enjoyed seeing Ford’s capabilities on the track last year,” says Mickey Matus, Ford Racing marketing communications manager. “While we eventually finished third, our two Mustang drivers consistently finished at the top, keeping Ford in the hunt for the manufacturer’s cup throughout the first year of the championship. We believe that Vaughn and Justin are poised for great success in their Mustangs this year.”
”It’s great to have Ford Motor Company back in the series again in 2014,” said Ryan Sage, Formula DRIFT vice president and cofounder. “Fans can expect to be really blown away this year.”
The first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life. This high-skilled, high-powered competition – in which drivers intentionally maneuver cars into controlled slides at high speeds through a marked course – has pro drivers and teams competing in seven events throughout the season. Judged on speed, execution and style, rather than fastest time, drifting is a crowd pleaser that is often compared to the freestyle nature of skateboarding and motocross.
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