Special Motorsports Event - Inaugural Test For Phil Giebler Racing/PR1 Driver Development Program
ANAHEIM, Jan. 11, 2013: The Phil Giebler Racing/PR1 Motorsports driver development program made its debut with teenagers Carter Williams, Dakota Dickerson, Mason Daughters and Mianna Wick testing a Mygale-Honda Fit 1600cc at Buttonwillow (Calif.) Raceway Park on Jan. 3.
“All the PGR drivers did extremely well for their first time driving a formula car,” Giebler said. “They adapted very well and learned very quickly. I was impressed how they got up to speed and how they made adjustments.”
Giebler and PR1 owner Bobby Oergel provided instructions for Williams, a 15-year-old from Clovis, Calif., Dakota Dickerson, a 16-year-old from San Diego, Daughters, a 15-year-old from Polo, Mo., and Mianna Wick, a 16-year-old from Grand Junction, Colo. They are all experienced karters.
“I thought I had a great run for my very first time in any type of car,” Williams said. “The Formula F 1600 was a blast to drive. In many ways, it felt like my shifter kart, but a lot faster down the straights and a little slower in the corners. It was definitely fun to drive. Phil Giebler and Bobby Oergel and the guys from PR1 were awesome.
“After I was fit for the seat and went over the controls in the cockpit, they took me out on the track in a passenger car to show me the line and what gears to be in. That really gave me a lot of confidence when I took to the track. I am really looking forward to my next opportunity to test the Formula F 1600.”
It was also exciting for Dickerson.
“It was a very memorable moment in my life,” he said. “Not only was it extremely fun, but it was a great learning experience. With the help of Bobby, Phil and the guys from PR1, I now have a better understanding of not only the difficulties, but also he amazing feeling of driving a race car. With their help throughout the day, giving me tips and encouragement, I believe that I got increasingly better and I felt more comfortable with the car with each session I would quickly welcome another chance to drive the PR1 Formula Fit again and sincerely hope that I will be seeing them at the race track soon.”
Giebler and Oergel brought together their championship-winning teams to create a path for karters to move into formula cars.
“We’re looking forward to doing some full test days and I am sure they are extremely anxious to get back behind the wheel of the Honda FF car,” Giebler said.