Owner/driver Phil Giebler leads a nine-driver Phil Giebler Racing entry
this week (Nov. 17-21) in the prestigious Superkarts! USA SuperNationals on the
temporary course at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Giebler, of Huntington Beach, Calif., has a commanding lead in TaG Senior
going into the third and final round of the inaugural SKUSA Pro Tour
championship. The 2007 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year has three victories and a
third place in the four main events this year.
Giebler will have three teammates TaG Senior in Lloyd Mack, of Beaumont,
Calif., Shawn Cricca, of Simi Valley, Calif., and Jess Peterson, of Sparks,
Nev. The class has 84 entries including 2005 Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon,
Grand-Am Daytona Prototype sports car drivers Michael Valiante and Oswaldo
Negri, Indy Lights driver Joel Miller and international karting stars Gustavo
Menezes of California and Emanuele Pagani of Italy.
Mason Daughters, of Polo, Mo., and Juan Diego Maldonado, of Bogota,
Colombia, are entered in TaG Junior, Noah Grey, of Dana Point, Calif., and Tate
Holleran, of Denver, are in TaG Cadet and Steve Wiener, of Chula Vista, Calif.,
is in TaG Master.
Grey and Holleran are in contention for the TaG Cadet championship. They
each have a main event win this season and are in a close battle with leader
Colton Herta, son of former IndyCar driver Bryan Herta.
There are 57 entries in TaG Junior, 45 in TaG Master and 41 in TaG Cadet.
“All of our drivers will be facing the deepest and fastest competition of
the season,” Giebler said. “We’re up to the challenge. Qualifying will be
very important because it establishes your starting position for the heat
races and points accumulated in the heat races will determine where you start in
“We only have one main event in the SuperNationals and with 40 karts in
them, you need a decent starting position to do well. We have a strong team and
great equipment and we expect to have good results. It would be a
tremendous accomplishment for any of our drivers to stand on the podium in a field
that is virtually a ‘who’s who’ of American karting.”
Phil Giebler Racing, based in Orange, Calif., uses FA Karts powered by
125cc water-cooled Vortex Racing engines built by Daniel Patino’s D-Power
Engines, of Huntington Beach, Calif., in TaG Senior, TaG Junior and TaG Master.
Grey and Holleran also have FA Karts and are powered by 60cc Vortex MiniRok
engines. The entire PGR team will race on MG Tires.
The SuperNationals begins with practice on Wednesday and Thursday, with
qualifying and heat races on Friday, heat races on Saturday and last-chance
qualifying heats and main events on Sunday. There are a record 485 entries in
the 11 classes.