Phil Giebler is to become the third incumbent of the Team USA A1 Grand Prix car when the series reconvenes in Dubai next weekend [10-11 December].

Having already given Scott Speed and Bryan Herta a shot at getting the garishly-liveried Lola into the podium positions, Rick Weidinger's squad has now turned to sometime Infiniti Pro Series race winner Giebler.

The 25-year old has had to revert to his first love, karting, for much of his competition this season, but bringing up-and-coming drivers into the mix is one of Weidinger's aims for A1 Team USA, and he was only too happy to turn to Giebler ahead of round six.

"We feel 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," Weidinger explained, "He 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."

Giebler raced in Europe as he attempted to make his way up the single-seater ladder, most recently in the FIA F3000 championship, before returning to the United States. Despite his varied background, however, he admits that he is excited to be wearing the stars-and-stripes overalls.

"It's a real honour to be able to drive for Team USA, and I am excited to represent my country," he said, "I've been following this series since its inception, and I was ecstatic when I got the call to come drive."

Despite facing a potentially-vertical learning curve compared to the rest of the drivers in the series - which enters the half way point of the season next week - Giebler claims that he doesn't expect to face any problems in Dubai.

"Over the past few years, I've raced against at least 25 per cent of the drivers in the series, and on many of the same tracks that we'll be racing in A1 Grand Prix," he said, "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 the USA, I am confident we can go out there and score points."

Although Herta - who scored a handful of points for the team - will not be at the wheel of its car in Dubai, Weidinger insisted that the veteran still had a role to play.

"Bryan is still an important member of our A1 Team USA family, and he will continue to provide valuable feedback to us," he said, "We also expect him to race again for us in the spring."



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