Long Beach, Calif. May 31, 2014 Formula DRIFT entered Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time for Round 3: Miami Heat. Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR takes his second consecutive victory.
Round 3: Miami Heat entered Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time. The Pro Championship competition highlighted a jam-packed weekend of activities that included the kick-off of the PRO 2 Series competition and Offset Kings car show.
Homestead-Miami Speedway provided a great new venue for our Championship, says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. The increasingly bigger fan base was treated to some impressive driving all weekend with the first event PRO 2 Series competition and Round 3 of the Pro Championship.
The final battle pitted Vaughn Gittin , Jr. against points leader and the number one qualifier, Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z. The final battle was close, but Gittin was able to out perform his rival to earn his second consecutive event victory moving into second place overall in the championship standings. Forsberg retains the lead by with a ten point margin heading into the fourth round of competition. Rounding out the podium in third place was the number three qualifier, Kenny Moen in the Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX.
It feels really amazing to be here and come to a brand new track and work with my team to get my Monster Energy, Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR on rails to be able to hit every mark and compete with some of the best drivers in the world, said Vaughn Gittin Jr., winner of Round 3: Miami Heat. Back to back wins is just amazing and we are working hard and it just feels good that its paying off and Im just pumped.
The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues with Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway in New Jersey on June 20-21. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladriftand Twitter @FormulaD.
|Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Standings After Three Rounds|
|1. Forsberg, Chris||Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||263.00 Points|
|2. Gittin Jr., Vaughn||Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR||253.00 Points|
|3. Moen, Kenneth||Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX||205.50 Points|
|4. Aasbo, Fredric||Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC||189.50 Points|
|5. Pawlak, Justin||Falken Tire Ford Mustang||140.00 Points|
|6. Nishida, Robbie||Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300||132.50 Points|
|7. Wang, Forrest||Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14||129.50 Points|
|8. Bakchis, Aurimas||Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||121.00 Points|
|9. McQuarrie, Tyler||GoPro Mobil 1Chevrolet Camaro||114.00 Points|
|10. Essa, Michael||Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3||109.00 Points|
|11. McNamara, Darren||Falken Tire Nissan S14||102.00 Points|
|12. DeNofa, Chelsea||BC Racing Nitto Tire BMW 3-Series||92.00 Points|
|13. Grunewald, Conrad||Megan Racing / Top 1 Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro||90.50 Points|
|14. Tuerck, Ryan||Retaks Maxxis Tires Air Force PSI Scion FR-S||90.50 Points|
|15. Gushi, Ken||GReddy Performance X Scion Racing Drift FR-S V2||89.00 Points|
|16. Field, Matt||CX Racing / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||84.50 Points|
|Round 3: Miami Heat Event Results|
|1. Gittin Jr., Vaughn||Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR||Winner|
|2. Forsberg, Chris||Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||2nd Place|
|3. Moen, Kenny||Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX||3rd Place|
|Manufacturers Championship Standings After Three Rounds|
|1. Ford||393.00 Points|
|2. Nissan||334.50 Points|
|3. Scion||312.00 Points|
|4. Chevy||204.50 Points|
|5. BMW||201.00 Points|
|Tire Championship Standings After Three Rounds|
|1. Hankook||452.50 Points|
|2. Nitto||422.00 Points|
|3. Achilles||338.00 Points|
|4. Falken||242.00 Points|
|5. Yokohama||128.00 Points|