GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (July 18, 2013)—Phil Giebler Racing has entered 10 drivers competing in six classes including S5 Junior Stock Moto championship leader Carter Williams in the Superkarts USA! Pro Tour SummerNationals at Grand Junction Motor Speedway on July 19-21.
“We have a solid chance to challenge for wins in all the categories we are in,” team owner Phil Giebler said.
Williams of Clovis, Calif., has a 615-560 lead over Jared Campbell going into the third and fourth rounds of the SKUSA Pro Tour. Williams was the feature winner in round one and finished second in round two on April 13-14 at the Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, Ariz.
Williams also is a contender in TaG Junior. He finished fifth and sixth at Tucson and is fifth in the championship with 387 points. Teammates Noah Grey of Dana Point, Calif., and Jake Preston of Renton, Wash., are entered in TaG Junior, too. Grey finished third and ninth at Tucson and is seventh in the championship with 358 points and Preston was eighth and 22nd in the features and is 10th in the points with 232. Austin Verssteeg is the leader with 505.
“We have a great chance in TaG Junior,” Giebler said. “All three of our drivers have a shot to win and be on the podium.”
Trenton Sparks of Bakersfield, Calif., enters the SummerNationals third in the championship, trailing Chase Farley 625-410. Sparks finished fourth and fifth in the Tucson features and has been performing strongly in events since then.
“Trenton has good momentum,” Giebler said, “and he continues to get better and better.”
PGR has four drivers in TaG Senior. Austin Dement of Reno, Nev., is eighth in the points with 256 and Mason Daughters, a Level 5 Motorsports development driver from Polo, Mo., is 10th with 224. Dement finished fifth and 12th and Daughters ninth and 26th in the features at Tucson.
Nick Neri of Palmetto, Fla., and Emily Maddison of Calgary, Canada, are entered in TaG Senior, too. Neri will be making his debut with the team and both are racing in the SKUSA Pro Tour for the first event this season.
The 17-year-old Neri has won seven national championships and 27 national feature races. He was the SKUSA SuperNationals winner in S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto and the Rotax Grand National Rotax Senior champion in 2011.
“We’re excited to have Nick join us,” Giebler said. “He will help out an already strong group of drivers.”
Ethan Wilson of Campbell, Calif., was ninth and 23rd in the Tucson features in TaG Master and is 15th in the points. Giebler expects Wilson to rebound with a solid performance.
“Ethan has a good shot to either win or be on the podium in TaG Master,” Giebler said.
Connor Wagner of Dallas fell out early with tire punctures in both features and finished 25th and 29th. He’s 22nd in points with 123.
“Connor will be aiming for a win,” Giebler said. “He has the speed to do it.”
The final two rounds of SKUSA’s Pro Tour are the SuperNationals at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 20-24.
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.
For more information, go to www.philgieblerracing.com