Pro Karting - Freytag, Wilson Join Giebler Racing For SKUSA Buttonwillow
Huntington, Feb. 10, 2012: Phil Giebler Racing has entered nine drivers including team newcomers Nicky Freytag and Ethan Wilson in the Superkarts! USA ProKart Challenge season opener Friday and Saturday (Feb. 10-11) at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.
Freytag was the SKUSA ProKart South champion last year in S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. The 20-year-old from Paradise Valley, Ariz., also won the SKUSA’s ProTour SpringNationals in Tucson, Ariz., and was third in the championship. Freytag has moved into S1 Pro Stock Moto in 2012 and will compete with PGR for the ProTour and ProKart titles.
“I chose to run with the Gieblers (Phil and father Everett) based on their extremely professional attitude and the great environment they create under their banner,” Freytag explained. “I also have worked with Phil in the past in the Pacific F2000 (formula car) Series and he has the uncanny ability to bring out the best in every driver. Given our history and positive relationship, making the switch to Phil Giebler Racing and FA Kart was the best decision for my racing career at this moment.
“I am looking forward to a successful debut with the team at Buttonwillow Raceway Park and will be striving to win races throughout the season.”
Freytag was ranked the No. 1 shifter driver in the USA by ekartingnews.com in 2011.
“It’s rare that a driver in the S2 category will be rated No. 1 nationally in the shifter rankings,” Giebler said. “Nicky is a great addition to the team and he fits in very well with out group. He will have his hands full in the S1 class, but we will give him the best equipment for the job and the combination of our experience will be a great mix. It’s great to have him on board. We’re aiming for the championship in Pro S1 this year.”
Wilson, a 42-year-old from Campbell, Calif., was the SKUSA ProTour champion in TaG Master in 2010 and will be racing in that division at Buttonwillow.
Dallas Hollins, a 14-year-old from Fontana, Calif., will also be making her debut with the team, driving in TaG Junior.
PGR veterans entered are Mason Daughters of Polo, Mo., and Jess Peterson of Sparks, Nev., in TaG Senior, Paul Grey of Dana Point, Calif., and Vatche Tatikian of North Hollywood, Calif., in TaG Master, Noah Grey of Dana Point, Calif., in TaG Junior and Fauzi Dib Saad of Mexico in S2.
Paul Grey won the Los Angeles Karting Club’s Spec PRD championship in 2011 and this will be his debut season in the six-round ProKart championship. Noah Grey has moved from TaG Cadet into Junior and Daughters, development driver for Level 5 Motorsports, has advanced from TaG Junior to Senior. Tatikian was in the S3/S4 divisions for first-year drivers last year and goes into the stronger Master category.
“I think we will have a strong showing,” Giebler said. “There are lots of new challenges for our drivers changing classes, but I am confident that we will be gunning for the top spots in several categories.”