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Giebler takes two victories in SKUSA North American Pro Tour opening weekend at Infineon Raceway Phil Giebler took back-to-back main event victories in the opening two rounds of the SKUSA North American Pro Tour on the Jim Russell ...

Giebler takes two victories in SKUSA North American Pro Tour opening weekend at Infineon Raceway

Phil Giebler took back-to-back main event victories in the opening two rounds of the SKUSA North American Pro Tour on the Jim Russell International Karting Center's .75-mile circuit last weekend (April 17-18) at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

"It's definitely one of the top races to win this year," Giebler said.

Giebler, of Huntington Beach, Calif., drove from last to first in Saturday's 18-kart, 20-lap main. He'd finished second in the opening heat, but didn't start the second heat because of a mechanical problem and was forced to the back to the grid for the main.

"I had an average start, but got up to fifth by lap five and was second with eight laps to go," Giebler said. I was four seconds behind the leader and passed him with two laps to go."

The 2007 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year finished third in the first heat and won the second heat to line up on the pole for Sunday's main. He led the 20-kart field for the entire 20-lap distance.

"I opened up a two and a half second gap and just stayed consistent," Giebler said.

Giebler earned $1,000 as SKUSA SpringNationals overall winner.

Giebler and Phil Giebler Racing teammates Travis Lowe, Lloyd Mack and Shawn Cricca were driving the only FA Karts in TaG Senior, the top class in the series. They were powered by 125cc water-cooled Vortex Racing engines built by Daniel Patino's D Power Engines of Huntington Beach, Calif.

"The FA kart with MG Tires was the combination to beat," Giebler said.

Phil Giebler Racing's Noah Grey won overall honors in the TaG Cadet division, for 8-to-12 year olds, in the SpringNationals.

Grey, of Dana Point, Calif., won both heats and the 15-lap main in a field of 11 on Saturday. He was second in the main on Sunday. Grey earned a Vortex MiniRok engine, valued at $2,500, for his overall victory.

"It's a new class and I think the junior class of the future," Giebler said. "It was the first race for the FA chassis and MiniRok (60cc) engine and everything worked perfectly. Noah is a quick learner and he has a great attitude."

Lowe, of Pasadena, Calif., was fifth on Saturday and ninth on Sunday in the main events. Mack, of Los Angeles, was sixth on Saturday and had a DNF on Sunday in the main.. Cricca, of Simi Valley, Calif., was ninth on Saturday and had a DNF on Sunday in the main.

Phil Giebler Racing, based in Orange, Calif., will compete in the SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge on May 14-15 on the Streets of Willow at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif.

-source: Phil Giebler Racing

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