Sepang: Team USA race report

Determined wet-weather drive lands USA in 6th Place TEAM USA secures five Championship Points SEPANG, Malaysia--In Sunday's A1GP Feature Race at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, A1 TEAM USA driver Phil Giebler started from 9th position...

Determined wet-weather drive lands USA in 6th Place
TEAM USA secures five Championship Points

SEPANG, Malaysia--In Sunday's A1GP Feature Race at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, A1 TEAM USA driver Phil Giebler started from 9th position but took advantage of the circuit's wide racing surface and wet conditions, moving up the field to finish 6th and earn 5 championship points.

After torrential rains delayed the start of the race by 15 minutes, A1GP drivers took to the wet track, remaining in sequence for several laps behind a safety car. Once free, Giebler was able to overtake the New Zealand car on the 11th lap of the competition and the Malaysia car on lap 14. He was never passed by an opponent during the race, and set the fastest lap of any car on wet tires with a 2:16:748.

"Overall, it was a good result for TEAM USA." said Giebler. "It was more than a handful in the first couple of laps: impossible to see anything. Once I started to get some clear running, and some vision, I put in some really good laps. It was a race that could easily have ended in tears, but we took home some valuable points. It's good to have a clean finish, and no mechanical glitches."

Earlier this year, TEAM USA capitalized on less-than-stellar track conditions to earn second place in the season-opening Feature Race in Zandvoort.

A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger said, "Any time you move up the grid in this highly competitive series you have done a good job. We moved up 3 positions, as the TEAM USA car seems to do well in the rain. Although we had a poor pit stop, Phil showed true grit, pushing the car the whole race. He would have moved up a few more positions had there been more laps to the race--he was rocking towards the end as we gained 7 seconds on Canada in the last three laps." A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger continued, "The "We The People" car will now go on to Indonesia where Phil finished in the top ten last year. We expect to do even better this year, as we move to a racing circuit that our driver knows."

A1 Team USA placed 9th in the A1GP Sprint Race in Sepang on Sunday, and currently holds the 12th place in A1GP standings with 15 points. Next up, A1 TEAM USA heads to Indonesia for the fifth race of the season at Sentul Circuit on December 10th.

-credit: team usa

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Series A1GP
Drivers Phil Giebler , Rick Weidinger