It’s that time, Ford Mustang fans…the 2013 Formula DRIFT season is upon us! The Ford team will be represented by the points leader, Vaughn Gittin Jr and the 2011 champ, Justin Pawlak this time around. Of all the manufacturers in the entire competition, the Ford boys have everyone else waxed out with their customized Mustangs. Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT championship will start later this week (May 31 – June 1) at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida, so if you have any desire to see some Mustangs pump out some serious smoke, then you are definitely in the right time slot.
If you are able to get out to PBIR this weekend, you’ll also be able to check out the Ford Mustang V6 & GT, a hot Focus ST, and also a customized Fusion in track-side exhibit. Also, there will be a Ford Mustang Customizer booth to let racing & drift fans design their very own dream drifter car!
Be sure to check out the full scoop of details in the Press Release, following.
Ford Mustang Drifts South to Palm Beach International Raceway for Round Three of Formula DRIFT Championship
JUPITER, Fla., May 24, 2013 – New series points leader, Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and Justin Pawlak will represent Ford Motor Company in a pair of Ford Mustangs when they compete in Round Three of the Formula DRIFT championship on May 31-June 1, 2013 at Palm Beach International Raceway (Jupiter, Fla.). As an official partner of Formula DRIFT, Ford has amped up its involvement engaging the sport’s fans by providing them access to new Ford products at this season’s Formula DRIFT events.
“Formula DRIFT has become one of the most dynamic forms of action motorsports,” says Paul Brearey, Ford marketing manager for enthusiast events. “Everyone in the sport shares our passion for performance cars. Highlighting our terrific Mustang competitors lets us showcase how fantastic these cars are, as well as some of our other hot vehicles at the track.”
Gittin, Jr. and Pawlak are coming off an extremely challenging round in Atlanta. In spite of everchanging weather conditions, including pounding rain, Gittin, Jr. finished third, racking up more championship points and taking the series points lead. Furthermore, Ford is currently leading the points race in the Manufacturer Cup.
It was Henry Ford’s personal involvement in racing in 1901 that helped to provide the capital and the awareness for what was to become Ford Motor Company two years later. Ever since then, Ford has been involved in motorsports to promote its products and to connect with performance enthusiasts.
“Ford’s deeper involvement with Formula DRIFT this year should come as no surprise to those who follow the series,” says Mickey Matus, Ford Racing marketing communication manager. “We became involved in Formula DRIFT in 2005, using the series to help develop a supercharged 4.6-liter V8 crate engine for the Ford Racing Performance Parts program. Eight years later, drifting is an integral part of Ford’s growing outreach to young performance enthusiasts who love cars, but are not interested in traditional forms of racing.”
“We have the dream team of Mustang drivers,” Matus adds. “Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and Justin Pawlak are fierce and talented competitors supported by top-notch teams. Vaughn won the 2010 Formula DRIFT championship in his Ford Mustang and is the current points leader. Justin won this event in 2011. These guys are stars in Formula DRIFT. We look forward to an intense weekend of drifting at Palm Beach International Raceway.”
For drifting fans, Ford will also provide major eye candy at the event. Upon entering the gates, ticketholders will see a Mustang V6 and GT; Focus ST; and a customized Fusion that made its debut at the 2012 SEMA show and features Ford parts and accessories. Ford’s Mustang Customizer kiosk allows fans to design and show off their dream car via social media in realtime at the event.
“We’re ecstatic with the new energy in and outside the paddock that Ford has brought to the series,” says Ryan Sage vice president/co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Their ability to draw in new fans is just uncanny, and at the same time, fans are witnessing mid-season driving form by Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in that beast of a Mustang. Ford has really helped our series get the recognition it deserves and we are only in round three.”
Tickets are available for Round Three of “Invasion” at Palm Beach International Raceway. The action can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter (@FormulaDrift) and it’s streamed live.
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