MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (July 3, 2013)—Phil Giebler Racing’s Trenton Sparks will try to close in on rival Sting Ray Robb for the championship in Rotax Mini Max, Jake Preston will seek podium results in Rotax Junior and Emily Maddison will try to rebound in Rotax Junior in the fifth and sixth rounds of the Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge on Friday to Sunday (July 5-7) at the McMinnville Karting Track.
Runner-up Sparks of Bakersfield, Calif., trails Robb, 454-414. Preston, of Renton, Wash., is third with 327 points in Rotax Junior, behind Luke Selliken’s 475 and Antoni Peak’s 373. Maddison, of Calgary, Canada, is 12th in Rotax Senior.
Sparks has one feature victory in the previous four rounds, at Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby, Ore., and has been second to Robb of Boise, Idaho, in the other three. Robb was second to Sparks in the June 15 feature at Pat’s Acres.
“Trenton has a lot of momentum and will be fighting for the championship all the way to the last round,” team owner Phil Giebler said. “He has scored some victories in the past few months and I know he will be pushing for more all season long. Trenton has done a phenomenal job at learning new tracks that are very tricky. He had to battle back to the front in two of the finals, one at Chilliwack (Canada) and one at Pat’s Acres (Canby, Ore.) in which he started last due to mechanical issues and finished second on both occasions.
“Trenton had a flawless day at Pat’s Acres in round three, qualifying on pole, breaking the track record and leading every lap of the pre-final and final and posting the fastest lap. It was a very impressive drive all day.”
Preston has finished third, fourth twice and fifth in the four features.
“Jake is due for more podiums,” Giebler said. “He is very close to breaking through and getting some wins at some of these big events. Hopefully, he can do that this weekend.
“Jake has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with those four top-five finishes. He was battling for second in all four of the features.”
Maddison finished fifth in the Can-Am opener at Greg Moore Raceway on May 18 and 11th in the feature in the second round the next day. She was 17th in round three and 16th in round four at Pat’s Acres.
“Emily has to shake off the last two rounds and pull from all the positives she has had this year,” Giebler said. “If she can come in confident and have clean races, I think she can make the top five and even a podium. I think this track will suit her driving style a little better as well.
“Emily looked really strong in Chilliwack (Greg Moore), running in the top five and posting some of the quickest times. She was unfortunately knocked off the track at both of the finals at Chilliwack. She had a tough time adapting to the track in Canby, which was her first time there. It didn’t help that she was feeling under the weather during the weekend.”
Two rounds remain in the Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge after McMinnville, at the Medford (Ore.) Kart Track on Sept 20-22.
Phil Giebler Racing results at Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge at Greg Moore Raceway, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.
May 18: Rotax Mini Max feature--2. Trenton Sparks, Bakersfield, Calif.; pre-final--2. Sparks; qualifying--11. Sparks; Rotax Junior feature--4. Jake Preston, Renton, Wash.; pre-final—4. Preston; qualifying—6. Preston; Rotax Senior feature—5. Emily Maddison, Calgary, Canada; pre-final—13. Maddison; qualifying—8. Maddison.
May 19: Rotax Mini Max feature—2. Sparks; pre-final—3. Sparks; qualifying—2. Sparks; Rotax Junior feature—5. Preston; pre-final—12. Preston; qualifying—4. Preston; Rotax Senior feature—11. Maddison; pre-final—8. Maddison; qualifying—9. Maddison.
Phil Giebler Racing results at Rotax Can-Am ProKart Challenge at Pat’s Acres Racing Complex, Canby, Ore.
June 15: Rotax Mini Max feature—1. Sparks; pre-final—1. Sparks; qualifying—1. Sparks; Rotax Junior feature—3. Preston; pre-final—3. Preston; qualifying—8. Preston; Rotax Senior feature—17. Maddison; pre-final—19. Maddison; qualifying—16. Maddison.
June 16: Rotax Mini Max feature—2. Sparks; pre-final—9. (DNF) Sparks; qualifying—2. Sparks; Rotax Junior feature—4. Preston; pre-final—3. Preston; qualifying—4. Preston; Rotax Senior feature—16. Maddison; pre-final—15. Maddison; qualifying—15. Maddison.
Owned by the 2007 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Phil Giebler Racing is based in Anaheim, 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 and is a major dealer of OTK brands FA Kart, Tony Kart, Kosmic and Exprit.
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