NOS Energy Maxxis Tires Nissan 350Z driven by Formula Drift Professional Championship Points Leader Chris Forsberg
Vaughn Gittin in the Falken Tires 2010 Ford Racing Mustang GT in Monroe, Washington
The Seattle, Washington Drift event put Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Maxxis Tires Nissan 350 Z to the ultimate test, photo by John Choi
Chris Forsberg (center) took first place in Formula Drift round 5, Eric O'Sullivan and Tyler McQuarrie took second and third place at Evergreen Speedway, photo by John Choi
Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin will next race at Infineon Raceway for Round 7, Locked and Loaded of the Formula Drift Series
Vaughn Gittin uses K&N products on his 2010 Ford Mustang to protect his engines and for additional power
Eric O’Sullivan took second place in his Subaru WRX and Tyler McQuarrie rounded out third place at Evergreen Speedway in his Nissan 350Z. Vaughn Gittin in the Falken Tires 2010 Ford Racing Mustang GT with K&N is now in fifth place overall in the Formula Drift 2009 points standings. There are only three events left in the Formula Drift season and the pressure is on for the drivers.
The judges were tough and qualifying was challenging on Friday. Seven drivers made the field including all the Team Falken factory drivers, McQuarrie, Gittin, Darren McNamara, Daijiro Yoshihara and Calvin Wan. Privateers Ross Petty and Taka Aono also made the cut.
The event’s nickname, Breaking Point, lived up to its name as a number of drivers hit the track’s banking and tight transitions throughout the course. McQuarrie and Gittin fought hard for 3rd place, but after an intense battle between McQuarrie came out on top. McQuarrie uses K&N to protect the engine of his Nissan 350Z. Falken Tires uses K&N air filters in its Drift and ALMS cars.
Gittin has used K&N products long before starting his professional drifting career. “K&N is the best for me because of the abuse I put my cars through on the track,” said Gittin. “When I’m in a cloud of smoke on the track, it’s not just smoke. That cloud is filled with rubber parts. If I did not have K&N my motors would get damaged.”
Forsberg, as the points leader, was a marked man from the start. He battled through the tough competition and met McQuarrie in the semi-finals. It was one of the best match-ups of the event and both drivers put it all on the line. Forsberg got the best of McQuarrie overall for the ultimate win.
“My K&N filters took the beating from the track debris, rubber and smoke and continued to give me additional power,” said Forsberg. “K&N protected my Nissan 350Zs engine.”
Formula Drift returns to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California for Round 6, Locked and Loaded on August 21-22.
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