WKA: IRL SoK: G-Phactory National Final summary

G-Phactory has speed but not Lady Luck in Vegas October 17, 2008 (Huntington Beach, Calif.) -- It would ultimately prove to be a rough end to the Stars season for the Sodi Racing USA team at the National Finals, held in a temporary course inside...

G-Phactory has speed but not Lady Luck in Vegas

October 17, 2008 (Huntington Beach, Calif.) -- It would ultimately prove to be a rough end to the Stars season for the Sodi Racing USA team at the National Finals, held in a temporary course inside of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Team owner Phil Giebler was a guest star for the team on this weekend, and would run in ICC. Giebler spent the early portion of the weekend reacquainting himself with the ICC machine, qualifying in 8th. However, he was docked five starting positions as this was his first Stars event of the year. Giebler made steady progress through the heats, and despite a DNF in the third heat, raced his way to seventh in the first final of the weekend.

The run to seventh, however, took a toll on Giebler's rubber, as he finished the second final in 10th.

Qualifying in Stars TaG began very promisingly for Andrick Zeen, as he wheeled his Sodi Kart to third on the grid. However, as would become the case for several drivers in the class, the rest of the team struggled with engine problems and were mired down in the pack.

With a variety of engine and carburetion failures plaguing the team in the heat races, Andrick again came through with the best finish in the first final with a sixth. Adam Zeen and Pat Iannucci came home twelfth and thirteenth, while Michael Self's kart called it a day halfway through the heat.The second heat would provide no improvement for Andrick despite showing serious speed, as his motor expired past the halfway point of the race -- by which point, his other teammates were already out with engine problems of their own.

"The situation with our TaG motors is a surprise to us," said Giebler afterwards. "We had the same kinds of problems on different engines, and with different engine builders. For whatever reason, the high-speed, high-load corners on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track is causing us to lose main bearings.

"It's a shame, really, because all the boys were very fast before we started having all these mechanical problems. They certainly would have figured into the battle at the front, but we just didn't have luck on our side this time around. We'll look ahead to the SKUSA Supernats next month."

-credit: G-Phactory

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Series Kart
Drivers Phil Giebler , Pat Iannucci , Michael Self , Andrick Zeen