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De Phillippi Sneaks Past Vernon at Road America

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 24, 2009 at 9:55 am hard charger, Skip Barber

Skip Barber National:  Road America

Connor De Phillippi swept both rounds of the Skip Barber National championship over the weekend at Road America.  The 16-year-old phenom now has 7 SBN wins— which is a new series’ record.  Grant Maiman held the previous record, having recorded 6 wins during the 2002 Formula Dodge National Championship.

Connor’s victory on Sunday didn’t come easily.  The race was ended prematurely due to several large incidents on track.  The decision led to a drag race finish between Court Vernon and Connor De Phillippi.   Connor came away with the win by a mere .004 seconds at the stripe (see photo above).

Series rookie Cameron Dodson of Greenfield, Indiana put in the drive of the day.  Dodson improved 10 positions in 8-laps, coming from 13th on the grid to finish an impressive 3rd.  Dodson improved the most positions earning him the hard charger title.

Honorable mention should go to Nazareth, Pennsylvania’s Sage Karam who led 2 out of the final 3 laps after starting fourth.  Ultimately, Karam finished the race where he started (4th), but that didn’t stop him from setting the fast lap of the day with a 2:33.956.  Ashley Freiberg, who earned the hard charger title in Rd. 9, rounded out the top-five.  Freiberg managed to improve 4 positions in Sunday’s race after starting back in 9th.

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(photo:  Jim Altemus/ www.skipbarber.com)

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2 Comments

  1. Forrest on August 24, 2009 11:59 am

    Nice photo.

  2. harakimi on August 25, 2009 1:22 pm

    OMG that has to be the ugliest open wheel ride I’ve ever seen. :D

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