A1 TEAM USA to start fifth at Sentul, Indonesia
Fastest time of all cars in third qualifying segment
SENTUL, Indonesia--After two productive practice sessions, A1 TEAM USA produced a successful qualifying session and secured grid position five for the Sprint Race for the fifth round of A1GP -- the World Cup of Motorsport to be held on Sunday in Sentul, Indonesia.
After making various improvements to the "We the People" car throughout the practice session on Friday and Saturday, A1 TEAM USA recorded the third fastest lap in Saturday's official practice session with a 1:17:76--a significant improvement from tenth in Friday's practice.
In the qualifying round on Saturday, TEAM USA driver Phil Giebler's first and third segments [of four] were his fastest of the weekend and placed him fifth on the grid for the Sprint race. Giebler posted a lap of 1:16:70 in the third qualifying segment of the day, the fastest of all cars, to pair together with his first segment time of 1:16:99. A small error in qualifying segment four dashed any hope of moving up in the grid.
"I lost a little under braking with a small lockup on my last lap, but still, it was good to be up there battling for the front spots," said Giebler following the session. "The car is looking like it has really good race pace with used tires. Our strength is in the longer runs, so we are looking forward to getting into the race and taking advantage of that."
A1 TEAM USA Owner Rick Weidinger is pleased with the team's position heading into race day. "We are definitely in the game with a respectable qualifying position," Weidinger said. "The entire team feels good about the car and its set up. Hopefully, the weather will hold up but once again we will be ready for any condition. Our game plan is clear: Score the podium in the Sprint race and win the Feature race."
The A1GP Sentul, Indonesia Sprint and Feature races will be held Sunday, December 10 at 11am [11 pm EST Saturday] and 2:30pm [2:30 am EST Sunday] respectively.
-credit: team usa