Just as the 2014 season has already proven, the competition has been as competitive as ever. With the 2.075 mile long Monaco street circuit virtually impossible to pass on, it's imperative to qualify as close to the front if you want a chance at a podium, let alone winning this marquee event.
28 drivers, from 12 different countries gave it all they had to try and capture the top qualifying position, and in the end, De Phillippi was just 0.172 seconds short of pole position, qualifying his Förch Racing by Lukas Motorsport car in a fantastic P4 position. After the session, the young American commented, "It was a fantastic qualifying and I'm very happy with the session. It was a little crazy with the yellow flags, but the team did a great job and we managed to qualify in P4 our first time to Monaco. Now we'll focus on Sunday and give it our best."
Starting from P4 for Sunday's race, De Phillippi got a clean start and held his ground entering turn 1's very challenging Sainte Devote. As with most races on the streets of Monaco, unless you get caught up in an accident or put a wheel wrong, you're more than likely to finish in the position you start in. With no pit stops in the Supercup series and such a competitive field of drivers, this once again proved to be the case. Much like the other top 8 drivers in the race, De Phillippi could not advance and brought home P4. Although he missed out on the podium, his first time racing at Monaco proved to be a huge success and a dream come true.
"This weekend at Monaco was great and it really hasn't sunk in yet. We managed another clean start, kept pace with the leaders and finished as the top rookie in the race. I think we can be very happy with our finish and it will help motivate us to work hard and look to improve in the upcoming races."
"I have to give a huge thank you to the whole FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsport team, Porsche Motosport and my partners, Jorg Gray, McKenna Porsche, Oakley, Competent Motorsport, David August Inc., Brett King Design, Bell Racing Company and the Porsche Club of America."
Round 3 of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria from June 20th - 22nd.
About Connor De Phillippi:
Following in similar footsteps to American Porsche Works driver Patrick Long, Connor De Phillippi started racing go-karts at the young age of 5 years old. 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.
In 2008, De Phillippi 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 then participated in the Skip Barber National Series Racing Shootout, 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. 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. That same year, after winning the Team USA Scholarship, he became the youngest and only second American to ever win the Walter Hayes Trophy in England. In 2010, he took the next step up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and ended the Star Mazda Series in third place overall, winning Rookie of the Year honors. 2011, he secured runner-up and finished third in the 2012 championship. After securing a position with the Porsche Motorsport Junior Program, Connor took full advantage of the opportunity and took home the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Rookie of the Year in his first season of sportscar racing.
For more information on Connor De Phillippi, including links to his social media platforms, visit his website at http://www.connordephillippi.com.