Giebler Heads To England For Pan Am Shootout LA-London/February 26, 2005: While most of Southern California was either enjoying the first day of sunshine in nearly a month, watching the NASCAR Busch race at Fontana or preparing for Sunday's ...
Giebler Heads To England For Pan Am Shootout
LA-London/February 26, 2005: While most of Southern California was either enjoying the first day of sunshine in nearly a month, watching the NASCAR Busch race at Fontana or preparing for Sunday's Academy Awards...Oxnard's Phil Giebler boarded a plane for London, England. After living and racing in Europe for five seasons that saw him drive in French, German, Spanish & English F3, Intl/FIA F3000 and win the 2001 Formula Palmer/Audi Winter Cup Championship and Jeremy Shaw's Team USA Scholarship, Giebler returned to the US last season where he had a win and two third's in the IRL's Menard's Infinity Pro Series. Phil was also a standout in World Karting prior to cars where he won the Formula A North American Championship and three American Karting Championships.
Giebler's European return will see him compete against twenty top young drivers for one of two fully funded rides in the new Renault Pan Am Championship. The shootout will take place at England's famed Silverstone circuit this Tuesday.
Says Phil: "It was great returning home and having a chance to get reacquainted with my family and friends for most of 2004, but I am really glad to be able to get back to England for a bit. I love Silverstone and I'll be staying with my old roommate, Adam Carol who may very well end up in my old Super Nova seat. I've seen the Renault V6 cars run and look forward to being able to drive one next week. There are some very good drivers lined up for this shootout, many of which I've competed against in the past. I've always done well in these kinds of situations and even though I haven't been on a road course in eighteen months, I feel really good about my chances.
I believe weather is going to be the biggest obstacle, I understand it's snowing and about 20 degrees at the track today. Pan Am, with events in Canada, America, Mexico, Brazil and other South American stops planned, looks like it will turn into the first great Western Hemisphere series and the chance at a fully funded Renault World Series ride in the 2006 Championship should see some great racing this season. I hope to be part of it"