For years, Vaughn Gittin Jr. has taken on the Formula Drift world as a solo artist with great success. Today we learned that Vaughn will add a second Mustang to his RTR Motorsports team for the 2017 season. Chelsea DeNofa, who won last season’s Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach, will pilot the second 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D this year.
This year we’re coming back stronger than ever with a two-car team with Chelsea DeNofa manning the wheel of the BC Racing Nitto Tire Mustang RTR Spec 5-D. — Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Motorsports
In addition to drifting, 28-year-old veteran Chelsea has a history of road racing, stunt driving and more across the globe, so you can see how he is an ideal foil for the Ultimate Fun Haver. As such, both cars will be adorned with freshened liveries—featuring mixed paint, vinyl, gloss, satin, matte finishes—to embody the personalities of the two drivers.
Becoming a part of RTR Motorsports is not only an amazing feeling, but extremely rewarding. — Chelsea DeNofa, RTR Motorsports
Like Vaughn’s Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D, a 9,000-rpm, Ford Performance/Roush Yates Engines RY45 small-block will also power Chelsea’s BC Racing Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D. Both cars are fitted with BC Racing coilover suspensions and shod with Nitto NT05 rubber.
Vaughn and Chelsea will enter into competition together with their Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-Ds for the first time in the Formula Drift series at the Streets of Long Beach on April 1.