A1 Team USA Announces a New Driver For A1 Grand Prix Dubai Up-and-comer Phil Giebler Honored to Wear the Stars and Stripes and Join A1 Team USA as a Team Driver WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A1 Team USA announced today that Phil Giebler will be the...
A1 Team USA Announces a New Driver For A1 Grand Prix Dubai
Up-and-comer Phil Giebler Honored to Wear the Stars and Stripes and Join A1 Team USA as a Team Driver
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A1 Team USA announced today that Phil Giebler will be the team driver for the A1 Grand Prix Race of Nations in Dubai. Giebler, 25, who has already been successful in open-wheel racing abroad, will get his first experience in the "We the People" car on December 11, 2005.
Being able to bring a young and up-and-coming driver into the mix for A1 Team USA is one of the things that team owner Rick Weidinger enjoys the most in his role leading the American team.
"A1 Team USA feels a real responsibility to bring on young, talented drivers like Phil who are looking for a chance to break out on to the bigger stage," said Weidinger. "Phil has already had some success racing in Europe, and we are quite confident that he will be able to score important points for us in Dubai. I think that Phil is a true discovery for A1 Team USA and feel he's going to deliver in Dubai."
As for Bryan Herta's continued involvement with A1 Team USA, Weidinger made the following comment. "Bryan is still an important member of our A1 Team USA family and he will continue to provide valuable feedback to us, and will race again for the team in the spring."
Gambler, who previously has had success racing in F3, F-3000 and the prestigious ELF/La Filiere Campus Championships in Europe, where he was the only American champion in its history, is excited to wear the stars and stripes and drive the distinctive "We The People" car for A1 Team USA.
"It's a real honor and privilege to be able to drive for A1 Team USA, and I am excited to represent my country in this exciting new racing series," said Giebler. "I've been following this series since its inception, and I was ecstatic when I got the call to come drive for A1 Team USA."
In terms of having a potential learning curve, compared to the rest of the teams in the series which enters the half way point of the season next week, Giebler dismissed this immediately.
"Over the past few years, I've raced against at least 25 percent of the drivers in the series and on many of the same tracks that we'll be racing in the A1 Grand Prix," said Giebler. "This is still a new series, so no one team should have a leg up on us due to experience. With the team that is already in place for A1 Team USA, I am confident we can go out there and score points in Dubai."
The A1 Grand Prix is a unique racing series that awards points to country teams, versus drivers, in a World Cup or Olympic style format. This means that it is common for teams to utilize different drivers throughout the series, with 17 of 25 teams doing that already this season. A1 Team USA is currently tied for 14th place of the 25 teams competing.
A1 Grand Prix provides national teams and their drivers the opportunity to compete globally on a level playing field with open wheeled race cars that have identical specifications and engines. For the first time in racing history, A1 Grand Prix puts driver against driver and nation against nation. A1 Grand Prix brings together up to 25 nations representing 80 per cent of the world's population. It is the skill of the drivers and their crews that will determine who wins the race.
The global series takes place across six continents--North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia--and is televised around the world so fans in both established and emerging markets can experience the thrill of this historic international race series.
The next race on schedule for A1 Team USA is at the Dubai Autodrome in Dubai, UAE. For more information on A1 Grand Prix, including a schedule of the 2005-2006 racing season, visit www.a1gp.com.
For more information on A1 Team USA, please visit the team's website at www.A1TeamUSA.com. Photos from all races can be viewed at www.a1gp-photo.com. A1 Team USA can be watched on TV through DirectTV on the Setanta Sports channel and on the Internet at www.A1GP.com.