Giebler Racing Enters 10 For SKUSA Pro Tour Opener
TUCSON, April 29, 2011: Phil Giebler Racing has entered 10 drivers in five classes in the Honda Racing/HPD SpringNationals, the opening event of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 29-May 1) at the Musselman Honda Circuit.
Giebler, of Huntington Beach, Calif., won the SKUSA Pro Tour TaG Senior championship in 2010. The 2007 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year returns in TaG Senior. He’ll have four teammates in TaG Senior in Emily Maddison, of Alberta, Canada, Andrew Wiener, of Chula Vista, Calif., Shawn Cricca, of Simi Valley, Calif., and Jess Peterson, of Sparks, Nev.
Mason Daughters, of Polo, Mo., is entered in TaG Junior, Noah Grey, of Dana Point, Calif., in TaG Cadet, Steve Wiener, of Chula Vista, Calif., and Brian McHattie, of Yorktown, Ohio, are in TaG Master and Vatche Tatikian, of North Hollywood, Calif., is in S4.
Practice is Friday with qualifying and full race schedules--qualifying, heats and main--on Saturday and Sunday on the .7986-mile, 13-turn circuit.
The SpringNationals field will be one of the toughest and deepest of the season. There are 36 entries in TaG Senior and S4, 19 in TaG Junior and TaG Cadet and 17 in TaG Master.
“This will be one of the most competitive events in karting in the United States this year,” Giebler said. “It’s a double-header with a lot of points at stake and we’ll have to be sharp from the start of practice to the main event. We expect to do well.
“We had five drivers with top five finishes in the SKUSA ProKart South event at Buttonwillow (Calif.) in our most recent event and we’ll be racing against many of those drivers. But this is a national event and the competition will be tougher. We should be up to the challenge. We’re getting better with every event.”
At Buttonwillow, Daughters was third in TaG Junior, Peterson, in TaG Senior, and Noah Grey, in TaG Cadet, posted fourth-place finishes, Maddison finished fifth in TaG Senior. and Tatikian was fifth in S3 shifter karts.
Phil Giebler Racing, based in Orange, Calif., uses FA Karts powered by 125cc water-cooled Vortex Racing engines in TaG Senior, TaG Junior, TaG Master and S4. Grey also has a FA Kart and is powered by a 60cc Vortex MiniRok engine. The entire PGR team races on MG Tires.