Pro Karting - Giebler Racing Enters 11 Drivers At Arizona SpringNationals
GLENDALE, April 20, 2012: Phil Giebler Racing has entered 11 drivers in the MG Tires SpringNationals, the opening round of the SuperKarts! USA Pro Tour, being run at the Phoenix Kart Racing’s Association .75-mile track Friday through Sunday (April 20-22).
Shawn Cricca of Simi Valley, Calif., Mason Daughters of Polo, Mo., and Mexico’s Kevin Hernandez and David Martinez will race in TaG Senior, which has had a maximum of 40 drivers enter. Ethan Wilson of Campbell, Calif., Vatche Tatikian of North Hollywood, Calif., and David Harwin of Reno are entered in TaG Master. Carter Williams of Clovis, Calif., Noah Grey of Dana Point, Calif., and Dallas Hollins of Fontana, Calif., are entered in TaG Junior. Williams will also race in S5 shifter. Nicky Freytag of Paradise Valley, Ariz., will race in S1 Pro Stock Moto.“I think overall we will have a great showing,” Giebler said.
Cricca won the prestigious SKUSA-sanctioned Streets of Lancaster (Calif.) Grand Prix last October and followed by finishing ninth in SKUSA’s Pro Tour SuperNationals in Las Vegas in November. He was seventh in SKUSA ProKart Challenge feature at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., in March.
“I am extremely excited for the SKUSA SpringNationals,” Cricca said. “We have been performing a lot of testing with Phil Giebler Racing. Our FA Karts and Vortex D-Power Racing Engines make an extremely strong and fast raceable package. We will be a front runner in the Pro Tour and look forward to contending for wins and, ultimately, the championship.”
Added Giebler: “His top-10 performance in last year’s SuperNationals proves he can run with the best of them.”
Daughters, a Level 5 Motorsports development driver, moved up to TaG Senior this season. The 15-year-old finished 12th in the ProKart feature at Willow Springs.
“Mason has been adapting to the competition of the Senior field and he had a great test with us a couple of weeks ago at the PKRA track,” Giebler said.
Hernandez was fifth in the ProKart feature at Willow Springs.
“Kevin did a standout job at his first race with us at Willow,” Giebler said. “He has the potential to put the FA Kart up front and surprise a lot of people.”
Williams was the ProKart Challenge South champion last year in TaG Junior and won the feature at Willow Springs in March. Grey finished third and Hollins was 10th in the TaG Junior feature to Williams.
“Carter will be one of the favorites in TaG Junior and S5,” Giebler said. “He has a solid chance in both, but it will also be very demanding, especially for a 13-year-old. His TaG Tony Kart should not be a problem for him, but the weather will also play a factor in him doing two classes with the temperatures forecast in the 100s.
“Noah Grey will bee a strong contender. He matched Carter’s pace in the SKUSA race at Willow Springs. Dallas had a solid run at Willow and it will help her confidence in the SpringNationals.”
Wilson was the SKUSA Pro Tour champion in TaG Master in 2010 and won in the ProKart Challenge feature at Buttonwillow, Calif., in February. He was third at Willow Springs in March.
“We will have a great shot to grab victories with Ethan and David Harwin,” Giebler said. “It’s David’s first event with us and with these two working together under the PGR banner, they will only be stronger.”
Tatikian finished 10th in TaG Master at Willow Springs.
“He’s making good improvement and is doing well considering his experience and that it’s his first year in TaG Master,” Giebler said.
Freytag has moved from S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto, where he was the ProKart South champion and won the Pro Tour SpringNationals a year ago, to S1. He’s finished fourth in the features at Buttonwillow and Willow Springs in the ProKart Challenge this year.
“This is his opportunity to shine,” Giebler said. “Moving up from S2, he has a lot to prove and there’s no better place to do it than his home track. Nicky has everything coming together this weekend and I have no doubt that he will be in contention.”