Former Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Phil Giebler will stay busy in
the Superkarts! USA West Coast Shootout on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 13-14)
at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Kart Track.
Giebler will split his time between driving in the TaG Senior class and
coaching the additional six drivers entered by Phil Giebler Racing in the
event, which brings together the SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge South and North
divisions. Giebler will be assisted by father Everett Giebler, who provides
mechanical guidance and advice to the team.
Giebler, of Huntington Beach, Calif., has a commanding points lead going
into the sixth and final round of the South championship over Billy Cleavlin,
“I want to put a stamp on the championship in this best in the West
shootout,” Giebler said. “I’m leading the points, but I will not be driving
conservatively. I am aiming for another victory.”
PGR, based in Orange, Calif., will race in four classes. Brothers Shawn and
Chris Cricca, of Simi Valley, Calif., join Giebler in TaG Senior. Steve
Wiener, of San Diego, will race in TaG Masters, Andrew Wiener, of San Diego,
and Mason Daughters, of Polo, Mo., in TaG Junior and Noah Grey, of Dana Point,
Calif., in TaG Cadet. Andrew Wiener is the TaG Junior points leader.
Giebler, Shawn and Chris Cricca and Steve Wiener will be driving FA Karts
powered by 125cc water-cooled Vortex Racing engines built by Daniel Patino’s
D Power Engines of Huntington Beach, Calif., on MG tires. Andrew Wiener and
Daughters use Iame Leopard engines in TaG Junior and Grey will have a 60cc
Vortex engine in TaG Cadet. They will also be in FA Karts on MG Tires.
“I’m competing, but I’ll also be focusing my efforts mentoring my team
drivers,” Giebler said. “I use these weekends as a college of racing. I like
to lead by example and have them watch me while they are off track. I also
follow them on the track and then we discuss everything between sessions.
“My father is very experienced in karting and he helps with the mechanical
preparation of the kart to help everyone understand adjustments and gives
advice throughout the weekend.”
Giebler has six wins, a second and two thirds in 10 main events this
season. He’s also the points leader in SKUSA’s Pro Tour, which concludes with the
SuperNationals on Nov. 14 to 21 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.
Giebler has lofty goals for his team on Santa Maria’s .7-mile track, which
is located at the Santa Maria Airport.
“We have to show that we can win on any kind of track and against some of
the best kart drivers in the country,” Giebler said. “I want to continue the
momentum as we head towards the biggest event of the year, the
SuperNationals in Las Vegas.”
The West Coast Shootout has practice Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT,
followed by practice, qualifying, two heat races and a main event on Saturday.
The main events begin at 2:20 p.m. PDT.
“We’re looking forward to the last event of the PKC South series,” Giebler
said. “Santa Maria is a fun track and it should be good racing.”