Connor De Phillippi - Porsche GT3 Cup

Connor De Phillippi highlights from the GT3 Cup. The track is Tor Poznan in Poland.

 

Connor De Phillippi
Connor De Phillippi

 

 

About Connor De Phillipi

Connor De Phillippi (born December 25, 1992) is an American racing driver from San Clemente, California who currently competes in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany as a Porsche Junioren driver.

 

De Phillippi began karting at the age of 5 years old and by the time he was 14 years old, he had won 21 national titles, including the only person to ever win 4 SKUSA SuperNational titles. Additionally, at the age of 14, De Phillippi was selected to participate in the Brazilian Granja Viana 500 endurance kart race for Team USA.

 

Connor De Phillippi
Connor De Phillippi

 

In 2008, he made the move from karting to open wheel racing, winning the Skip Barber West Coast Series championship and Rookie of the Year honors. De Phillippi also participated in the Skip Barber National Series Racing Shoot-out, beating out 50 other competitors and earning him a full ride in the Skip Barber National Championship for 2008 as part of the MAZDASPEED Driver Development Program. Connor finished sixth in his first national open wheel series and was awarded the Rising Star Award by eFormulaCarNews.com and their viewers.

 

Connor De Phillippi
Connor De Phillippi

 

In 2009, he won the Skip Barber National Championship, winning a record 7 of the 14 races. By winning the Skip Barber National Championship, De Phillippi won a full-ride for the 2010 Star Mazda Championship Series as part of the Mazda Road to Indy Program. He also participated in the Formula Ford Festival at Silverstone Circuit after winning the Team USA Scholarship, where he became the youngest and only second American to ever win the Walter Hayes Trophy. De Phillippi also won the 2009 Silver State Championship in the U.S. Legends Series.

 

Connor De Phillippi
Connor De Phillippi

 

In 2010, De Phillippi moved up to the Star Mazda Championship for JDC Motorsports, finishing third in points, capturing his first victory in the final race of the season at Road America and Rookie of the Year honors.

In 2011, Connor returned to the Star Mazda Championship, driving this time for former IndyCar Series owner Dale Pelfrey and his revitalized Team Pelfrey. He started off the 2011 season opener just as he finished the 2010 season, with a win at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and also won the highly coveted Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. De Phillippi also set the track record (19.999 seconds), started from pole and led all 85 laps. De Phillippi went on to win 2 more races at Circuit Trois-Rivières and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He was the runner up in the championship to Tristan Vautier, capturing a season leading 4 wins on the season, while helping Team Pelfrey win the series team championship.

While Connor had plans of moving up to the Indy Lights series, a last second deal fell through. Connor was able to secure a seat for the 2012, this time driving for Ricardo Juncos and Juncos Racing, who won the 2010 Star Mazda Championship with Conor Daly, who is now driving in GP3 for the Lotus GP team. Just as the 2011 season began, Connor started the season off with a bang and took the round 1, race 1 victory during the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. This year's field is very competitive because international drivers are beginning to see the value in the tiered, Mazda Road to Indy Program. During round 5 of the 2012, Connor again dominated the Night Before the 500 taking pole position, leading every lap and recording the fastest lap of the race. De Phillippi finished fourth in points, losing a tie-breaker for third with Sage Karam by winning one fewer race, two compared to Karam's three.

 

Connor De Phillippi and his Porsche GT3
Connor De Phillippi and his Porsche GT3

 

Connor De Phillippi team celebrations!
Connor De Phillippi team celebrations!

 

 

On November 27, 2012 it was announced that De Phillippi had won a spot as a Porsche Junioren factory driver and will compete as a fully funded factory driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany in 2013.

 

Visit Connor's webstite for more information.

 

 

Connor De Phillippi
Connor De Phillippi

 

Connor De Phillippi
Connor De Phillippi

 

 

 

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