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Giebler wins Menards Infiniti Pro oval-track debut at Homestead-Maimi Speedway HOMESTEAD, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004 - In the Menards Infiniti Pro Series event held before the IndyCar Series event, Phil Giebler ran down Thiago Medeiros to...

Giebler wins Menards Infiniti Pro oval-track debut at Homestead-Maimi Speedway

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004 - In the Menards Infiniti Pro Series event held before the IndyCar Series event, Phil Giebler ran down Thiago Medeiros to claim victory in his first career Menards Infiniti Pro Series start.

Giebler, making his oval-track debut, became the third driver to win in his first start, joining Mark Taylor and A.J. Foyt IV. Taylor won this event last year, and Foyt won the series debut in July 2002 at Kansas. Taylor and Foyt went on the win the series championship.

Homestead-Miami 100 Post-Race Quotes:

PHIL GIEBLER (No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): (Did you think you would make it to Victory Lane in your first Menards Infiniti Pro Series start?): "I was hoping that I would. I was just trying to run a good race and learn a lot, and hopefully make a run for a good championship. I'm very happy. We had a good car today. We had to change the engine last night. In qualifying, it wasn't running as good as we had hoped. It all came together, and everyone worked really hard in the night. I'm just very glad to get this under my belt and make a run for the title. This is my very first oval race, and I'm starting to like it already."

JESSE MASON (No. 3 Segway Human Transportation Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "It was good, really interesting. I learned a ton. I learned a lot from the other guys and the whole situation in general. Restarts are critical. I know that now. I did good on the second restart. I thought maybe I could push Thiago (Medeiros) away. I was fighting a push in the draft."

TONY TURCO (No. 33 BSR Cars Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I have to give it to Brian Stewart Racing. They really put a good car under me. I had all the faith in the world to turn in, so I kept the throttle down and just kept going with it."

MATT BEARDSLEY (No. 12 Jugular Energy Drink/Landtitle Dallara/Infiniti/ Firestone): "We lost the gearbox in Turn 1, and that was it. We had fuel-pump problems during qualifications, and we were turning laps 5 mph less than what we should have been."

PAUL DANA (No. 91 Ethanol/Hemelgarn Johnson Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "I ran over some debris on the track that shredded my front wing. Thiago was able to move around it, but I wasn't. My car started getting very loose before that, and that caused me to drop about a tenth of a second, I wouldn't have been able to stay in front."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mark Taylor , A.J. Foyt IV , Phil Giebler , Thiago Medeiros