Giebler takes two victories in SKUSA North American Pro Tour opening
weekend at Infineon Raceway
Phil Giebler took back-to-back main event victories in the opening two
rounds of the SKUSA North American Pro Tour on the Jim Russell International
Karting Center’s .75-mile circuit last weekend (April 17-18) at Infineon
Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
“It’s definitely one of the top races to win this year,” Giebler said.
Giebler, of Huntington Beach, Calif., drove from last to first in
Saturday’s 18-kart, 20-lap main. He’d finished second in the opening heat, but
didn’t start the second heat because of a mechanical problem and was forced to
the back to the grid for the main.
“I had an average start, but got up to fifth by lap five and was second
with eight laps to go,” Giebler said. I was four seconds behind the leader and
passed him with two laps to go.”
The 2007 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year finished third in the first
heat and won the second heat to line up on the pole for Sunday’s main. He led
the 20-kart field for the entire 20-lap distance.
“I opened up a two and a half second gap and just stayed consistent,”
Giebler earned $1,000 as SKUSA SpringNationals overall winner.
Giebler and Phil Giebler Racing teammates Travis Lowe, Lloyd Mack and Shawn
Cricca were driving the only FA Karts in TaG Senior, the top class in the
series. They were powered by 125cc water-cooled Vortex Racing engines built
by Daniel Patino’s D Power Engines of Huntington Beach, Calif.
“The FA kart with MG Tires was the combination to beat,” Giebler said.
Phil Giebler Racing’s Noah Grey won overall honors in the TaG Cadet
division, for 8-to-12 year olds, in the SpringNationals.
Grey, of Dana Point, Calif., won both heats and the 15-lap main in a field
of 11 on Saturday. He was second in the main on Sunday. Grey earned a Vortex
MiniRok engine, valued at $2,500, for his overall victory.
“It’s a new class and I think the junior class of the future,” Giebler
said. “It was the first race for the FA chassis and MiniRok (60cc) engine and
everything worked perfectly. Noah is a quick learner and he has a great
Lowe, of Pasadena, Calif., was fifth on Saturday and ninth on Sunday in the
main events. Mack, of Los Angeles, was sixth on Saturday and had a DNF on
Sunday in the main.. Cricca, of Simi Valley, Calif., was ninth on Saturday
and had a DNF on Sunday in the main.
Phil Giebler Racing, based in Orange, Calif., will compete in the SKUSA Pro
Kart Challenge on May 14-15 on the Streets of Willow at Willow Springs in