Article By: Phil Giebler Racing
LANCASTER, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2012)—Phil Giebler Racing will enter 13 drivers including Carter Williams, Joel Miller, Nicky Freytag and Ethan Wilson in the fourth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix on Saturday (Sept. 15) and Sunday (Sept. 16), the sixth and final event of the Superkarts! USA California ProKart Challenge.
Carter of Clovis, Calif., leads the TaG Junior championship by 93 points over Colton Herta of Valencia, Calif., and has a commanding advantage in the points in S5 Junior Stock Moto. He’s the only PGR driver in two classes at Lancaster, run on a .7-mile course through the downtown streets.
Miller of Hesperia, Calif., was the Stars of Karting ICA North American champion in 2006 and launched a car racing career in 2007 with a championship in the Skip Barber National Series. He was a race winner and runner-up in the 2008 Star Mazda championship and also has driven in Firestone Indy Lights. Miller started 22nd in the 25-kart field in TaG Senior, the result of being pushed into the barriers in the second heat race, at Lancaster a year ago and finished fifth. He’s also racing in TaG Senior this year, using his first karting event to prepare for SKUSA’s SuperNationals in Las Vegas on Nov. 16-18.
“It’s the perfect test track for the SuperNationals,” Miller said. “We want to win, of course, but we’re treating it like a test. It’s a proven race to get ready for the SuperNationals.” Miller started on pole and finished third with an engine that lost power in the feature at Las Vegas.
“It’s always good to get back in a kart,” Miller said. “The Lancaster event is great, a lot of fun to race in.”
Freytag of Paradise Valley, Ariz., is fourth in the SKUSA points in his first season in S1 Pro Stock Moto. He was the ProKart champion in 2011 in the SKUSA ProKart South championship.
Wilson of Campbell, Calif., was the SKUSA Pro Tour champion in TaG Master in 2010 and won the ProKart Challenge feature at Buttonwillow, Calif., in February. He was sidelined by injury for part of the season and is third in the championship with 800 points. Teammate Paul Grey of Mission Viejo, Calif., is second, trailing leader Billy Cleavelin of Pasadena, Calif., 1,220-1,087, in TaG Master. PGR’s Vatche Tatikian of North Hollywood, Calif., is sixth in TaG Master with 727 points.
PGR’s Mason Daughters of Polo, Mo., a Level 5 Motorsports development driver, is sixth with 753 points in his rookie season in TaG Senior. He’s joined in the class by teammates Kevin Hernandez of Mexico and Dakota Dickerson of San Diego, both in their first year with PGR.
Noah Grey of Dana Point, Calif., has had a solid season in TaG Junior, fourth in the championship with 969 points, and PGR teammate Dallas Hollins of Fontana, Calif., is ninth in the points.
Trenton Sparks of Bakersfield and Cameron Kaihatu of Carlsbad, Calif., will drive for PGR in TaG Cadet. Sparks was third in the feature at Santa Maria in the SKUSA ProKart Challenge in his debut with the team in August. Kaihatu will be driving in his first event with PGR.
“This is a unique circuit for us,” Giebler said. “We use the streets of downtown Lancaster, which means there’s no testing available. It has a lot of blind corners and a very long straight where we will hit the top speeds of the year, 90-plus miles per hour, in the shifter (S1, etc.) categories. There’s a lot of local support with bands playing with a street fair atmosphere, beer gardens and celebrity races as well. It’s a major event for us.”
Owned by the 2007 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Phil Giebler Racing is based in Orange, Calif., and competes nationally at the highest level of karting in the United States. Giebler is a resident of Huntington Beach, Calif. The team uses Fernando Alonso and Tony Karts.
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