Phil Giebler Racing’s Tate Holleran finished
second in TaG Cadet and teammate Mason Daughters was seventh in Formula
Leopard Junior in the sixth and concluding main events of the Florida Winter
Tour Formula Kart championship Sunday at Ocala Gran Prix’s .52-mile track.
Holleran, of Denver, Colo., finished fourth in the championship, which
brought together top karters from around the world. Daughters, of Polo, Mo., was
seventh in the championship.
“Tate had a good finish to the weekend,” team owner Phil Giebler said. “We
kept chipping away and never gave up. He showed good progress al weekend.
We led most of the final race and Tate was right there at the finish.”
Holleran was .872-second behind winner Juan Manual Correa at the checkered
flag in the 16-lap final Sunday. He had qualified in second position and was
fifth in the 12-lap pre-final.
In Saturday’s next-to-last event, Holleran qualified in eighth position,
finished ninth in the pre-final and fifth in the final.
Daughters qualified in fifth position and was eighth in the pre-final
Sunday. He qualified in eighth position, was fourth in the pre-final and eighth
in the final.
“Mason was learning a new track and racing against some of the stiffest
junior competition in the country,” Giebler said. “He had a tough weekend, but
gained valuable racing experience in the Florida Winter Tour. He was
running well in Saturday’s final, but ran wide in the technical section and lost a
lot of grip going off line and getting into the marbles.
“Mason was running third for a few laps in the pre-final and was pushed off
the track by an aggressive move. In the final, he moved up to sixth and
held onto it to the end, but was penalized one position to finish seventh
Daughters will compete this Saturday and Sunday in the Florida Winter
Tour’s Rotax Junior class at Ocala.
“There will be close to 60 competitors in his class,” Giebler said. “We
have kept Mason busy this winter and against some of the strongest competition
we can find. I call it his karting boot camp.”
Phil Giebler Racing, based in Orange, Calif., uses FA Karts powered by
Daniel Patino’s D-Power Engines, of Huntington Beach, Calif. Holleran had a Vortex engine and Daughters had IAME Leopard power and both were on MG Tires.