Phil Giebler drove to victory in the TaG Senior main event Saturday (July
21) and finished third Sunday in the Mothers Polish SummerNationals at USA
International Raceway in Shawano, Wis., the second stop of the Superkarts! USA
Pro Tour championship.
Giebler was the top point scorer in TaG Senior for the weekend, earning
$1,000 and extending his lead in the points after two rounds of the SKUSA Pro
Tour. The third and final round of the SKUSA Pro Tour, the USA
SuperNationals, will be held Nov. 17-21 in Las Vegas.
The Huntington Beach, Calif.-resident edged Mark Vielgut by .346-second in
the 16-lap main on the 1-mile track Saturday. Giebler qualified in fourth
position, finished fourth in the first heat and second in heat two prior to
Giebler started Sunday by taking the pole by .9-second in a session run in
the rain. He won the first heat, but encountered mechanical problems on the
warm-up lap for the second heat.
“The airbox fell off and I had to hold it the entire race,” Giebler said.
“I was driving one handed. The engine overheated on the final (eighth) lap
and I didn’t finish.”
With the second heat determining the grid for the main, Giebler started
19th and drove through the field to third.
“All in all, it was a pretty good weekend,” Giebler said. “We were the
overall points winner (which includes points for heat races and pole) and we’re
happy about that.”
Phil Giebler Racing also entered Steve Wiener of San Diego in the TaG
Masters class (for drivers age 35 and older) and Noah Grey of Dana Point, Calif.,
and Tate Holleran, of Denver, in TaG Cadet (for drivers eight through 12).
Wiener finished first in Saturday’s main and also won a heat. He was
runner-up in the other heat. On Sunday, Wiener was second in the main and both
Giebler and Wiener drove FA Karts powered by 125cc water-cooled Vortex
Racing engines built by Daniel Patino’s D-Power Engines of Huntington Beach,
Calif. They raced on MG Tires.
On Saturday, Grey finished second in the 12-lap main and was fourth and
fifth in the heats. Holleran was fourth in the main and fourth and fifth in the
Grey finished fourth and Holleran fifth in the main Sunday. Grey was third
and fourth in the heats and Holleran was fifth. Both drove FA Karts powered
by 60cc Vortex MiniRok Engines and were on MG Tires.
Gray and Holleran struggled throughout the weekend with engine problems.
“It was a very frustrating weekend for them and the whole team,” Giebler
said. “We changed engines, changed everything but the wiring harness and
still couldn’t get them to run. We need to do some investigating to figure out
what happened and get the problem fixed.”
Phil Giebler Racing’s next event is the SKUSA ProKart Challenge West Coast
Shootout Aug. 13-14 at the Santa Maria, Calif., airport track.