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 |  Oct 11 2012, 3:32 PM

Ford Mustangs have enjoyed great success in the sport of drifting, with Vaughn Gittin Jr. claiming the 2010 Formula Drift Championship, and sitting atop the points standings leading into the final round this season.

The American automaker is expanding its support for the action motorsport by announcing its official partnership with Formula Drift for the 2013 season. Since 2005, Ford has supported various drivers in the American-based drifting series with the most notable being Gittin Jr.

“Our involvement with Formula DRIFT is not new, but we are taking it to the next level with this announcement,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing.

Since joining Team Falken, Justin Pawlak has paved his own way to success in Gittin’s former Mustang. He was the runner up to last season and is currently fourth for the 2012 season after winning the first two rounds.

For years, drifting has been associated with Japanese imports. But Ford’s success in the sport after working with both Gittin Jr. and Pawlak put the Mustang in a new spotlight. Since 2005, a Mustang has earned one Formula Drift championship, won 10 Formula Drift events, and has had a total of 22 podium finishes.

“Enthusiasts can now see our great Mustangs on the track with great drivers like Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Justin Pawlak, and they’ll get a better chance to interact with our stars as well as our exciting production vehicles off track through consumer outreach at all the events. Formula DRIFT is a major part of our action motorsports program targeting new audiences for Ford,” Allison said.