Drifting, as an organized, professional motorsport, has only existed in America for about a decade or so. Before that, the sport had gained momentum in Japan, but anybody who has ever watched an old (and we mean OLD) NASCAR race knows that drifting has been around for a lot longer than that. Yet even though pro drivers make it look easy, drifting well is anything but a cakewalk.
Just watching this point-of-view video from Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s practice run at Round 4 of the Formula Drift series shows the kind of cajones it takes to drift an 800 hp Mustang.
Seriously. Even though this video is just over a minute long, it is just seconds in that Gittin takes a hard turn towards the wall, which every survival instinct in a typical person would rage against. But in drifting, that’s how you play, and you don’t look out the front windshield either. Rather, when you’ve got the car going sideways, you look out the door windows.
Gittin makes it all look easy. Despite not making it out of the Round of 16 in the fourth race of the Formula D season, Gittin still sits in second place in overall points. It’s no wonder why, as his hands dance from one side of the steering wheel to the other, drifting around the Wall Speedway with ease, even though the car is roaring and skidding the whole time…and he isn’t even heavy on the throttle!
Does Gittin make drifting look easy or what?