The Mustang Source Takes in the Action at 2019 Formula Drift
We showcase the sideways thrills of three Ford Mustangs currently battling it out for the Formula Drift championship.
The 2019 Formula Drift season kicked off this weekend in Long Beach California. Among the many cars this season, there are three Ford Mustangs competing. There are some big names in the RTR duo of driver and owner Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his teammate Chelsea DeNofa. While lone wolf Justin Pawlak campaigns his own Mustang.
During the Long Beach competition, all three competitors qualified for Top 32. DeNofa qualified highest at 9th, while Gittin Jr. was 11th, and Pawlak qualified 13th.
Top 32 was fair to all three as well, as all beat their competitors to make it into Top 16 battles. Pawlak was the only of the three to make it out of Top 16. DeNofa fell to three time Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg in what was pegged as the “Birthday Battle” as it was both DeNofa’s and Forsberg’s birthday, while Gittin Jr. fell to Forrest Wang.
After competition wrapped up, the three Mustang drivers finished near each other in the Formula Drift Long Beach standings. Pawlak took 8th place, while DeNofa and Gittin Jr. were 10th and 11th respectively.
Next up is the Super Drift Challenge Invitational which keeps the FD drivers in Long Beach alongside the Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 12. After that the Round 2 event picks up in Orlando April 25 to 27.
Because you always need more Mustangs in your life while waiting for more Formula Drift action to return, enjoy the Mustang gallery below.
Photos for The Mustang Source by Danny Korecki