Phillippi has been selected as one of two new Porsche Juniors for the 2013 racing season. The former Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear race winner, title contender, and Rookie of the Year will contest the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2013.
After an extensive selection process, De Phillippi and Spaniard Alex Riberas Bou came out on top against young racers from all over the world to be chosen as the newest Porsche Juniors. The duo in addition to returning racers Austrian Klaus Bachler and Dane Michael Christensen will receive support from Porsche, getting the bulk of their budget and providing coaching on and off the track.
Factors taken into account during the selection process were fitness, mental strength, and technical understanding. At the finale at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy, the best six candidates had to prove they could work alongside engineers, drive consistent times over a race distance, as well as underline their speed in qualifying laps on fresh tires.
"The decision was a very exciting one," said Porsche's head of racing, Hartmut Kristen. "The finalists were all on an impressive level. In order to select the two candidates with the greatest potential, our engineers carefully examined every single lap.
"Both Alex and Connor have the talent necessary to be successful in the sports car scene, and to follow in the footsteps of Klaus Bachler and Michael Christensen. Our current Porsche works drivers have shown that the Carrera Cup is an excellent platform for a professional international career."
The Porsche Juniors themselves will choose the teams with whom they want to contest the Carrera Cup Deutschland. On and off the track, the pilots receive assistance similar to the internationally successful Porsche factory drivers. Fitness tests with constantly adapted training plans, as well as media coaching, and sponsor obligations are also part of the program.
"It's unbelievable to now be a part of this program," said Californian De Phillippi, who won the Skip Barber National crown in 2009 and went on to success in Star Mazda, finishing second in points this past season. "It's a huge step for me to now race in Europe. But as everyone knows, there is no better school in GT racing than to pit yourself against the top specialists in the Carrera Cup Deutschland. Porsche works driver Patrick Long also took this route. He is one of my biggest role model. I hope to be his teammate one day."