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K&N Drifters on Top in Chase for the Formula Drift Championship

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. drives the 2010 Falken Tire Ford Mustang
Vaughn Gittin Jr. drives the 2010 Falken Tire Ford Mustang

Even through the obstacles that he faced this season, Vaughn Gittin Jr. fought his way to third place in points
Even through the obstacles that he faced this season, Vaughn Gittin Jr. fought his way to third place in points
Going into the final round of the 2009 season of Formula Drift, Chris Forsberg, driver of the NOS Energy Drink Nissan 350Z, and Vaughn Gittin Jr., driver of the 2010 Falken Tire Ford Mustang, sit in first and third place, respectively.
Chris and his team choose to equip their winning NOS Energy Drink Nissan 350Z with K&N Filters
Chris and his team choose to equip their winning NOS Energy Drink Nissan 350Z with K&N Filters

Chris Forsberg is at the podium for the third time this season
Chris Forsberg is at the podium for the third time this season


Chris Forsberg is the only driver to stand atop the podium three times this season. He dominated the competition and took first place at both Round 2 in Atlanta and Round 5 in Seattle, and also placed third at Round 4 in Las Vegas. "The car is the number one key ingredient for our team's success this year," says Chris. "We are running the same car that has taken us to the podium several times in the last couple of seasons."

Chris and his team choose to equip their winning machine with K&N Filters. "We require the best filtration for our engines," says Chris. "An engine's air filter is the only barrier between its delicate internal parts and the smoke, rubber, and debris that we are constantly driving through while drifting."

With more than a 50-point lead in the chase for the Championship, Chris looks to have first place locked down going into the final round at Irwindale Speedway, otherwise known as the "House of Drift." Chris's strategy to maintain first place "will not be very different than that of any other round," he says. "Because there are no seeded drivers this year, we focus all of our efforts on qualifying. Once we have achieved that goal, we can look towards top 32 tandem, and so forth."

Even with the obstacles that he has faced this season, Vaughn Gittin Jr. has fought his way to third place in points, after taking second place at Round 2 in New Jersey and fourth place at Round 5 in Seattle. The 2010 Falken Tire Ford Mustang takes quite a beating from Vaughn's heavy right foot, but keeps going strong with the help of the Falken Tire crew, as well as the reliability of K&N Filters.

"We use K&N Filters because they are the best on the market," says Vaughn. "They offer the best flow for our high horsepower and they have the best filtration out there."

Vaughn has fought his way to the very top of the podium at Irwindale Speedway three times before in his successful career. He made history in 2005 when he won the D1GP USA vs. Japan, and again in 2007 when he won the prestigious D1GP World Championship. Vaughn was also the winner of Formula Drift Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway last season.

"Going into Irwindale, my confidence is extremely high," says Vaughn. "I love the track and the crowd is always insane. I'm going to go out there and drive as hard as I possibly can, and as smart as I possibly can. Hopefully I can move into second place, or at least maintain my third place in the Championship."

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