DE PHILLIPPI JOINS JDC MOTORSPORTS FOR 2010 STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP Skip Barber National champion will drive for the defending series champions as part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder program MINNEAPOLIS, MN (January...
DE PHILLIPPI JOINS JDC MOTORSPORTS FOR 2010 STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP
Skip Barber National champion will drive for the defending series champions as part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder program
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (January 19, 2009) -- JDC MotorSports has added another key ingredient to its pursuit of back-to-back Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear titles with the signing of Connor De Phillippi. The reigning Skip Barber National champion becomes the second talented young American to sign for the two-time series champions for the upcoming 2010 season.
De Phillippi, having captured the Skip Barber National title last year with record setting performance, will join JDC MotorSports multi-car Star Mazda Championship effort in 2010. As part of the prestigious MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder program -- earning a fully funded ride as a result of winning the Skip Barber National crown - De Phillippi will contest all 13 rounds of the Star Mazda Championship behind the wheel of the No.11 MAZDASPEED Motorsports/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports entry. It marks the second time a MAZDASPEED-backed driver will be part of JDC's Star Mazda program, having finished second in the 2008 title fight with American Joel Miller. De Phillippi will partner fellow series rookie Chris Miller, along with additional driver to be announce shortly, at JDC MotorSports throughout the 2010 season.
"I'm very pleased to be adding Connor De Phillippi to our 2010 driver line-up," stated Team Co-Owner John Church. "Not only do his previous results show he has the speed and skill to win championships, but we were very impressed with his feedback and attitude in testing. I fully expect Connor to not only be challenging for wins this season, but also the Rookie of the Year and overall championship titles."
"I'm so happy to be a part of JDC MotorSports!" stated De Phillippi. "After our initial test at Infineon, I was amazed with what I saw. The way everyone worked together on and off the car, including the team owner, showed me right away the reason for their results. I know we can produce results this upcoming season, and I am really looking forward to the first event at the 12 hours of Sebring. A big thank you goes to John Church and everyone else at JDC MotorSports for this great opportunity!"
A native of San Clemente, Calif., De Phillippi has achieved success every step of the way thus far in his young racing career. From 2001, when he first began karting competitively as a nine year-old, until 2007, he has amassed an impressive 15 championship titles, including a record four SKUSA SuperNationals wins. De Phillippi promptly continued his winning ways, when he made the move to cars commencing 2008. After winning both the Skip Barber Karting Shootout and the Skip Barber Western Regional Series as a rookie, the 16 year-old Californian secured the Skip Barber National title this past season with a series record seven wins. De Phillippi added international honors to his resume at the end of the year, winning the renowned Walter Hayes Trophy in England, becoming the second consecutive Team USA Scholarship driver to win Formula Ford event.
Over the past several years, JDC MotorSports has established itself as one of the top junior open-wheel teams in North America. Under the guidance of Church, the Minnesota-based team has a built a reputation as not only a race-winning and championship-winning outfit, but become known for developing talented young drivers. JDC MotorSports currently fields multi-car squads in both the Star Mazda Championship and the F2000 Championship Series. In 2009, JDC MotorSports captured five championship titles. In the Star Mazda Championship, the team captured it's second-ever Driver, Team and Rookie of the Year titles, as well as the Masters crown. In only its second season of F2000 Championship Series competition, JDC also won its inaugural Drivers title.
De Phillippi and JDC MotorSports will next take to the track on January 23-24, as part of the official Star Mazda Championship pre-season test at Sebring International Raceway in central Florida.
-source: jdc motorsports