Sepang: Team USA Saturday report

USA to start tenth in Malaysia Time to move up for TEAM USA SEPANG, Malaysia--A1 TEAM USA will start from tenth position Sunday in the A1GP -- World Cup of Motorsport Sprint Race at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The outcome of...

USA to start tenth in Malaysia
Time to move up for TEAM USA

SEPANG, Malaysia--A1 TEAM USA will start from tenth position Sunday in the A1GP -- World Cup of Motorsport Sprint Race at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The outcome of the Sprint Race at 11 AM local time (10PM EST Saturday) will determine the grid for the Feature Race at 3 PM local time (2AM EST Sunday).

Although A1 TEAM USA driver Phil Giebler had trouble in the first two qualifying segments he posted the fastest time in the fourth and final qualifying segment with a 1:52.521. Team USA was later promoted to tenth place after stewards judged that the "We the People" car had been blocked by a slower car during the crucial second qualifying segment. 14 of 22 cars set their fastest time of the day in this second qualifying segment.

"I only had two shots with new tires, so the second segment of qualifying was critical," said Giebler. "But I was held up for 5 or 6 corners by another car who also turned into me on its cool-down lap. We were lucky the TEAM USA car was not damaged seriously."

The Sepang racing circuit offers a wide racing surface which will yield a number of passing opportunities during Sunday's Sprint and Feature Races. A1 TEAM USA is confident it can improve its finishing position by taking advantage of this.

A1 TEAM USA Owner Rick Weidinger said "We are disappointed by the results of the first two qualifying segments -- one error and one block -- but are cautiously optimistic about our chances of moving up the grid from the tenth spot in the Sprint Race to another podium finish in the Feature Race". Weidinger continued, "After two poor segments, Phil showed his mettle by posting the fastest time of all drivers in the fourth qualifying segment which speed and precision, I hope, carries into the Sprint and Feature Races where TEAM USA can secure Championship points."

-credit: team usa

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Series A1GP
Drivers Phil Giebler , Rick Weidinger