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Fantastic Start To The 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Championship For Connor De Phillippi
The 2014 race season got off to a great start for the young Porsche Junior driver. With a solid P5 finish in race 1 at Hockenheim, De Phillippi will start from pole position in race 2 thanks to a new qualifying lap record!
During the first qualifying session, De Phillippi was hindered by traffic and could not string together a lap he knew the car was capable of, but still managed to put the car up the grid in a respectable P7. "Q1 was definitely a bit tricky with all of the cars on track and I unfortunately got caught up with a couple yellow flags that definitely cost us at a few tenths. However, Q2 was much better and we were able to put together a lap that put us on pole position for race 2."
With a P7 starting position for race 1, De Phillippi was engaged in a tight battle during the opening laps, but was able to quickly gain a couple positions, maintain that gap and bring home a top 5 finish. After the race, De Phillippi commented, "Race 1 worked out about as well as it could for us with our starting position and bringing home a top 5 is a great way to kick off the season. Now we need to focus on tomorrow. With the car the FÖRCH Racing by Lukas Motorsports guys gave me today, we are in the prime spot to challenge for the win tomorrow. A huge thanks goes out to my team and all of my supporters."
Race 2 goes green at 1:00am Pacific Time on Sunday and can be followed live via Porsche Motorsports live streaming at http://www.porsche.com/
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 “Follow” Connor on Twitter or “Like” his Facebook page, visit his personal website at http://www.connordephillippi.com.