French Young Gun impresses Emerson Fittipaldi in Champ Car TEST Wednesday, 15th October 2003 For immediate release The 17-year-old Barber Dodge driver, Nelson PHILIPPE, has earned high praise from former Formula One world champion Emerson ...
French Young Gun impresses Emerson Fittipaldi in Champ Car TEST
Wednesday, 15th October 2003 For immediate release The 17-year-old Barber Dodge driver, Nelson PHILIPPE, has earned high praise from former Formula One world champion Emerson Fittipaldi after the young Frenchman completed his maiden test for the Fittipaldi Dingman Racing Champ Car team in Florida. "I am very proud to invite the youngest driver ever to drive a Champ Car", quoted the Brazilian Champion. The test which was conducted on the short course circuit at the famous Sebring track, was stopped by the track marshals due to heavy showers. Despite this being Philippe's first outing in a Champ Car, he impressed the legendary Brazilian.
Emerson Fittipaldi said : "I have been following Nelson's career in the last few years through karting and more recently the Barber Dodge Pro Series. His talent and the progression I have seen, convinced us to invite him to an official Champ Car testing session in Sebring. It is a great day for Nelson, his performance was impressive and his results surpassed our expectations. Nelson, despite his young age (he turned 17 in July), consistently improved his lap times and his ability to respond to the instructions of his engineers and mechanics provided further proof of his talent, not only as a driver but as a professional. His ability to adapt his driving style to the conditions and get the best from the car despite the small window he had to operate in showed a maturity beyond his years. His overall performance confirmed my initial observations of him. Nelson has earned a place on our short list for next year and we will definitely consider him as a possible driver for the 2004 season".
Nelson, who is a member of the French national team, began his racing career in karting in Argentina at the age of 12. He then, moved to Italy where he raced in karting and was appointed as Tony Kart Racing Junior class official driver in 2001. Today, he lives in the United States where he progressed from the American Go kart series to the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2003.
Nelson Philippe Born on 23.07.1986 in Valence, France Height: 173cm Weight: 72kg Nationality: French Lives in Key Biscayne Florida Speaks fluently French, English, Spanish and Italian Started racing at the age of 12 in Argentina Career 1998 - 6th in Argentina's Championship. Pre Junior 1999 - 10th French champion cadet - Pre-final leader in last French GP 2000 - Best French driver in European Championship Cadet - Leader in 1st GP of season : TROFEO MARGUTTI 2001 - Factory driver for Tony Kart and Dunlop tire developer - One pole position in Italian Championship - Leader in Italian Championship 2002 - Winner in Rock-Island GP King of the Street - Pole position in World Final - Pole position in the King of the Street GP - Winner and new lap record in 1st GP of Winter Tour (Homestead) 2003; Barber Dodge Pro series - 1st Race Car Season Got emancipated to be able to race in the series (youngest driver ever) - One podium - 4 top 5 - 6 top 10 - 10 races competed Champ Car test with Fittipaldi Dingman Racing. Youngest ever to be invited in official Champ Car test.