RTR Motorsports announced Chelsea DeNofa, winner of last year’s Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach, has joined the team and will compete in the 2017 Formula Drift season alongside Vaughn Gittin Jr. in a 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D.

“Becoming a part of RTR Motorsports is not only an amazing feeling but extremely rewarding,” said DeNofa. “Racers set goals in their careers and one of mine was joining—what I believe to be—the best team in Formula Drift. It is a dream come true and I am ready to live it!”

The BC Racing Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D driven by DeNofa is powered by a new Ford Performance/Roush Yates RY45 motor. The competition motor was specifically created for the RTR Motorsports Formula Drift program and is the same as what Gittin Jr. will run in his Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D. Each car has also been fitted with a BC Racing coilover suspension system that allows both drivers to perfectly tune the dynamics of their RTRs.

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A street legal version of the RTR Spec 5-D, the Mustang RTR Spec 1 and Spec 2, are available at select Ford Dealers and MustangRTR.com

"This year we’re coming back stronger than ever," Gittin Jr. said. "Chelsea is an incredible driver, and a fellow Fun-Haver, who I’ve have had some serious battles with on the track. His aggressive driving style and never give up attitude makes him a perfect addition to the team. The entire team cannot wait to get to Long Beach for round one!”

The first round of the Formula Drift series takes place on the Streets of Long Beach, April 1st.