A1 TEAM USA looking forward to tackling challenges of Sepang Circuit Team is Ready and Optimistic SEPANG, Malaysia--This week, A1 TEAM USA heads to the far east from Beijing, China to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, 37 miles south...
A1 TEAM USA looking forward to tackling challenges of Sepang Circuit
Team is Ready and Optimistic
SEPANG, Malaysia--This week, A1 TEAM USA heads to the far east from Beijing, China to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, 37 miles south of Kuala Lumpur. The track is reputed to be one of the most challenging driving circuits in the world with a difficult and abrasive surface. It will demand the most from the A1 drivers, and with this in mind, A1 TEAM USA's Phil Giebler took the week to carefully study Sepang's 3.44-mile circuit.
"It's a really fast and flowing track--and really demanding physically, as well, with the heat and humidity," noted Giebler.
TEAM USA opened the season with a second place feature podium in Zandvoort which was achieved through driving on dry-weather tires through a track-drenching thunderstorm that allowed TEAM USA to save a pit stop. Weather is, again, likely to play a crucial role in this week's A1GP competition. Sudden torrential downpours are commonplace in Malaysia.
"The name of the game is to keep ahead of the weather anticipated and make strategic calls accordingly," team engineer Greg Wheeler said. "I think it's going to be a very nerve-wracking weekend."
After observing his team's proficiency in triumphing through adverse weather conditions in Holland, A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger knows his team has what it takes to secure a win in Malaysia.
"Sepang is challenging no doubt", said TEAM Owner Rick Weidinger, "Phil has not raced in Malaysia before but has put his study hat on and focused on the logistics and technique of the track as best he could." Weidinger continued, "We are not nervous about the weather as we could only hope for another Zandvoort." TEAM Boss Rick Weidinger noticed, "We are only 14 points from first place in the championship run--a Sprint and Feature race win could change all that."
The A1GP of Sepang begins Friday with a rookie practice, followed by a one-hour practice for the veterans and another one-hour practice on Saturday prior to qualifying. Qualifying for the Sprint race takes place on Saturday afternoon across four 15-minute sessions, with the team's two fastest lap times added together to set an aggregate qualifying time. Sunday's races are the 20-minute Sprint in the morning and the 70-minute Feature in the afternoon.
-credit: team usa