Who Is Vaughn Gittin Jr.?

Drifting Advice

VGJR: "There are three things that I usually tell people. One is do it for the right reasons. A lot of people see us on TV with girls around and all these sick cars, and just assume that money's falling from the sky, and somebody just sees you and overnight you have a full factory ride. So a lot of people, the first thing they ask is, 'how do I get sponsors?' And you know, it just doesn't work like that. Doing it for the right reasons means that it's fun, that you enjoy it, you love it.

"Just start out having fun with it. Go to local events, and just enjoy drifting for what it is. As skill progresses, you'll know if you want to take it to the next level. When and if you decide that you want to take it to the next level, you need to understand that it's a huge commitment and there's a lot of sacrifice involved to making it in the motorsports world in general. That means pissing off your girlfriends and boyfriends, missing birthdays, missing family events, not being home, your grass growing two feet tall. These are the things that you have to do when you're starting out, for sure.

"The last thing is that I always tell them to keep reality in front of their passion, because it's really easy for motorsports and things that you're passionate about to become like a drug. It just completely changes your mind. It's all that you think about, and all that you wanna do. So many people just put everything they have towards it, only to fall into a pile of debt and essentially put them back years in their life, throw everything away, and then they just run out of steam and can't do it anymore. When I say 'reality in front of passion,' take your time. Do it in a way that works for your lifestyle, and don't go maxing out credit cards and things. Because I definitely did that, and fortunately, I had a good job at the time (I was in the IT world), and that's what afforded me the ability to make the investments in myself. But I've definitely seen it go quite the opposite way for a lot of my close friends. It's definitely something to learn from."

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