How Rad Are You: Connor DePhillippi

Connor, 27, is an American BMW Motorsport works driver competing in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship as well as other major GT endurance races around the world. 

 

Discover more below:  

IN ALL SERIOUSNESS

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Where are you from?

San Clemente, California will always be my hometown. Currently enjoying life in Cornelius, North Carolina!

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Passionate - Ambitious - Humble   

How did you start racing?

Some neighborhood kids were driving their karts at the bottom of the hill where I grew up. And from that point forward I would wait in the driveway for my dad to return from work to ask him if he’d made enough money yet for a kart. 

Favourite track(s)?

Nordschelife, Zandvoort, Road Atlanta, Mosport

Greatest accomplishment yet as an Athlete? 

It's really difficult to choose only one. Winning the Nurburgring 24H I’d have to say was the biggest accomplishment due to the way we won and it being my first big endurance win. A day I can replay in my head and remember every detail.

If you were not racing, what would you do as a career?

I’ve always been a numbers guy so I guess engineering in some form or another.

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SIM RACING

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How often are you sim racing?

The sim racing world is quite new to me but I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m on it for a few hours each day during the week and try to take time off on the weekend. Still have plenty to learn from these guys who have been at it for years!

Who would you say your biggest sim racing competitor is?

Biggest competitor at the moment is myself to be honest. I’m such a competitive person and sometimes have unrealistic expectations because this sim stuff is so different to what I’m used to. It has been a great experiment for me personally though and it has taught me a lot about patience.

Which series and/or specific events can we see you race in online?

I’ve been joining the events that Antonio Felix Da Costa has been hosting. Whenever I have time and if there is a group of drivers hosting a session, I always try to get my hand in the action!

What should your sim racing warrior name be? 

Cold Tires Connor - I tend to be exceptionally talented at spinning on cold tires in iRacing.

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OUTSIDE TRACK LIMITS

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What does the word "Rad" mean to you?

Something that is wicked awesome and in a category of its own.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

100% Ice Cream 

What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on?

I’m a rather frugal person so I can’t point out something in specific. When I was younger I bought a gas powered r/c car that probably wasn’t the most brilliant way to spend my birthday money.

During this quarantine, what have you been eating the most?

So far I’ve been using this as an opportunity to get back to my healthy eating habits. Cauliflower rice and huge salads have been a big stable lately. I still find time to make homemade pizza’s though if I deserved it! When you travel a lot it's difficult to stay in a consistent food routine so it has been refreshing to reset the body.

One thing you can't live without?

Family is everything to me. COVID-19 has made that difficult but technology has helped make it possible to still see them.

If you could switch lives with someone for a day who would it be?

Switching with my grandpa for a day would be incredible. To see the world through his eyes would give me a whole new perspective and level of wisdom.

 If your life during COVID-19 quarantine was a song, what would the title be?

Beautiful Day, U2 - Need to find ways to enjoy this beautiful world even in times of darkness!

Best advice ever?

Two pieces that I took to heart and always live by: You are who you surround yourself with. And the squeaky wheel gets the grease!!!

Who’s one person or company (besides yourself), you think everyone should follow on social media?

Conor Daly. He’s just a goof and always posting hilarious stuff. A great friend as well.

Which Moradness hat is your favourite? 

The SVDL and Montaplast collabs are two of my favorites!

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*You can follow Connor on Instagram @cdephillippi


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