Phil Giebler Racing Wins at SKUSA California ProKart Challenge

Phil Giebler passed three karts on the final lap to win the feature in X30 Senior in the Superkarts! USA California ProKart Challenge on Saturday on the 1-mile Streets of Willow course.

Giebler, one of America’s top karters in the United States and Europe as a teenager who also had a fine career racing cars, owns Anaheim, Calif.-based Phil Giebler Racing and had prepared a Daniel Ricciardo Kart for a driver to race in the event.

“I decided to race at the last minute because an arrive-and-drive customer could not make the event,” Giebler said. “I started the first heat 27th after a 10-position penalty for changing engines after qualifying. I finished 11th in the first heat, fourth in the second and started there in the final.”

The 38-year-old Giebler was fourth going into the 16th and final lap.

“I passed Nicky Hays in the middle of the banked ‘Bowl Turn’ and bump drafted (David) Ilavia to pass (Christian) Brooks,” Giebler said. “When I saw Brooks trying to crowd in behind Ilavia, I made my move to the other side of him and made it a three-way drag race into the flat-out chicane, where I took the lead and then controlled the last couple of corners where nobody could make a move on me.

“It was a great victory and a solid team effort from the whole team.”

PGR’s Jess Peterson of Sparks, Nev., won in X30 Master, which ran in conjunction with X30 Senior. Peterson was the fastest qualifier, won his first heat, but fell out of the second heat and started the feature 14th in class.

“Great job by Jess coming up from the back,” Giebler said.

Andrick Zeen of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Jake Drew of Fullerton, Calif., had good performanes in X30 Senior. Zeen was seventh in the feature after qualifying in 10th position and finishing seventh and sixth in the two heats. The 16-year-old Drew was the fastest qualifier and was leading on the 10th and final lap of the first heat when a broken chain knocked him out. He finished 18th and started in the rear of the X30 field. He finished ninth in the second heat and was 11th in the feature.

“He had an issue with a clutch bearing that was going bad in the final,” Giebler said. “Otherwise, he would have been fighting for the win.”

Vatche Tatikian of Altadena, Calif., finished seventh in the X30 Master feature. He qualified in ninth position, was a DNF 14th in the first heat and fifth in the second.

“Vatche had a rough race,” Giebler said. “He was involved in some incidents that put him way down the order.”

Antonio de Lis of Huntington Beach, Calif., finished eighth in S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto. He was 15th in qualifying and 14th in the two heats. Rod Streed of Carlsbad, Calif., was eighth in S4 Super Master Stock Moto. He qualified in eighth position and was 13th and seventh in the two heats.

“Rod and Antonio had good results and learned a lot in the process,” Giebler said.

Phil Giebler Racing feature results, Superkarts! USA California ProKart Challenge, April 1, 2017, Streets of Willow, Rosamond, Calif.

X30 Senior—1. Phil Giebler, Huntington Beach, Calif., 7. Andrick Zeen, Huntington Beach, Calif., 11. Jake Drew, Fullerton, Calif.; X30 Master—1. Jess Peterson, Sparks, Nev., 7. Vatche Tatikian, Altadena, Calif.; S2 Semi-Pro Stock Moto—8. Antonio de Lis; S4 Super Master Stock Moto—8. Rod Streed, Carlsbad, Calif.

Phil Giebler Racing is based in Anaheim, Calif., and competes nationally at the highest level of karting in the United States. Giebler is a resident of Huntington Beach, Calif. The team is the Western distributor of the Daniel Ricciardo Kart, BirelART chassis and Freeline Kart Parts.

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