Nelson Philippe

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Nelson Philippe
Nelson Philippe 2009 Indy 500 Second Qual Day-1-.JPG
Nelson Philippe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2009.
Nationality France French
Born Valence, Drôme
Related to Richard Philippe (brother)
IRL IndyCar Series
Years active 2009
Teams HVM Racing
Conquest Racing
Starts 2
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 35th in 2009
Nelson Philippe
Champ Car World Series
Years active 2004-2007
Teams Rocketsports Racing
Conquest Racing
CTE-HVM Racing
Starts 41
Wins 1
Poles 0
Best finish 4th in 2006
Previous series
2008
2003
Superleague Formula
Barber Dodge Pro Series
Awards
2005 & 2006 Champ Car Most Improved Driver

Nelson Philippe (born July 23, 1986 in Valence, Drôme) is a French race car driver.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Philippe raced go-karts from 1998-2002. In 2003, he raced in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, finishing the season with one podium, and four top five finishes.

With just one year of experience in cars, Philippe tested with two Champ Car teams, before signing with Paul Gentilozzi's Rocketsports Racing team. At 17, he became the youngest driver to ever race in Champ Car.

Through the first five races of the 2004 season, Philippe generally stayed out of trouble but usually ran at the back of the pack. Philippe was abruptly dropped from the Rocketsports team before the Molson Indy Toronto. After sitting out several races, Philippe rejoined the series later in the year for Mi-Jack Conquest Racing. In 2005, he continued to race for the Conquest team alongside fellow teenager Andrew Ranger. Philippe made a total of 19 starts for Eric Bachelart's Conquest Racing in 2004 and 2005. Although he struggled with consistency, Phillippe often qualified and ran mid-pack, outpacing the more highly regarded Ranger towards the end of the year. While driving for Conquest in 2005, Philippe was voted by his peers as the Bosch Most Improved Driver in the Series, and won the award in 2006 as well.

Success at CTE-HVM[edit]

For the 2006 season, Philippe moved to CTE-HVM Racing and earned his first podium finishes at Milwaukee and Montreal before claiming his first victory at Surfers Paradise. With his victory at Surfers Paradise, Philippe became the youngest winner in Champ Car World Series history, and again being awarded most improved driver in 2006. However, this success was not enough to find Philippe a drive in 2007, whose financial climate stipulated that most drivers had to bring money to the team to race, something Philippe refused to do after his 2006 success.

But on October 3, 2007 it was announced that Nelson Philippe would return to Champ Car and drive for his former team, Conquest Racing. Philippe would race at Surfers Paradise and Mexico City. He said at the time: "I'm thrilled to be back, and no better time than now with Surfers Paradise around the corner [October 21]. It's been a challenge to be sidelined this year, but things happen for a reason and right now it's full steam ahead for Australia and Mexico." Despite having sat out the entire season, Philippe qualified a respectable 13th and then recorded an even more respectable sixth-place finish at Surfers Paradise. "Even though the results may not show it, it was probably one of the best races of my career," said Philippe of the race.

In the season finale at Mexico City, Philippe again qualified 13th, but was one of three cars that stalled at the start. He was able to get the car going and ultimately finished in 12th position, a lap down to the leaders.

After Champ Car[edit]

Nelson Philippe returned to race with Minardi/HVM Racing in the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This was the final Champ Car World Series race after the merger with the Indy Racing League. He gave tribute to the series that made his career wearing a race suit with past and present Champ Car logos and "Thank you Champ Car staff and fans" inscribed on the back. He finished 15th in the race.

In 2008, Nelson Philippe drove in the inaugural Superleague Formula season for the Borussia Dortmund team. He also competed in the opening round of the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season for ART Grand Prix before being replaced by Pastor Maldonado.[1]

Nelson Philippe announced on April 24, 2009 on Fox News that his new "i Drive Green" race team would be fielding the first-ever carbon neutral entry in the Indianapolis 500 in conjunction with HVM Racing.[2] Philippe struggled in practice and qualifying but ultimately made the field. He made light contact with the wall which was enough to end his race on lap 130. He was credited with 25th.

During practice for the 2009 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Nelson Philippe, who was returning to the series for a few late-season road course races with Conquest Racing, spun exiting Turn 3 and stalled on the track. E. J. Viso barely avoided him but Will Power had nowhere to go and crashed into the stationary Frenchman. Power suffered two fractured vertebrae while Philippe suffered a fractured ankle. Both also suffered concussions and were subsequently hospitalized.[3]

Philippe’s younger brother, Richard Philippe, races in the Firestone Indy Lights series.

Motorsports career results[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Barber Dodge Pro Series[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2003 United States
STP
10
Mexico
MTY
5
United States
MIL
15
United States
LAG
18
United States
POR
7
United States
CLE
15
Canada
TOR
16
Canada
VAN
3
United States
MDO
4
Canada
MTL
4
9th 66

Champ Car[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2004 Rocketsports Racing United States
LBH
13
Mexico
MTY
10
United States
MIL
14
United States
POR
15
United States
CLE
10
Canada
TOR
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
            16th 89
Conquest Racing                 United States
DEN
13
Canada
MTL
17
United States
LS
16
United States
LVG
9
Australia
SRF
10
Mexico
MXC
16
2005 Conquest Racing United States
LBH
18
Mexico
MTY
12*
United States
MIL
12
United States
POR
12
United States
CLE
13
Canada
TOR
10
Canada
EDM
9
United States
SJO
15
United States
DEN
9
United States
MTL
15
United States
LVG
16
Australia
SRF
14
Mexico
MXC
7
  13th 117
2006 CTE-HVM Racing United States
LBH
13
United States
HOU
4
Mexico
MTY
17
United States
MIL
3
United States
POR
8
United States
CLE
10
Canada
TOR
13
Canada
EDM
14
United States
SJO
4
United States
DEN
5
Canada
MTL
3
United States
ROA
14
Australia
SRF
1
Mexico
MXC
7
4th 231
2007 Conquest Racing United States
LVG
United States
LBH
United States
HOU
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
MTT
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
SJO
United States
ROA
Belgium
ZOL
Netherlands
ASN
Australia
SRF
6
Mexico
MXC
12
19th 28

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2008 HVM Racing United States
HMS
United States
STP
Japan
MOT1
DNP
United States
LBH1
15
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
RIR
United States
WGL
United States
NSH
Canada
MDO
Canada
EDM
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
DET
United States
CHI
Australia
SRF2
44th 0
2009 HVM Racing United States
STP
United States
LBH
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
25
United States
MIL
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
RIR
United States
WGL
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
KTY
United States
MDO
United States
SNM
DNS
United States
CHI
Japan
MOT
United States
HMS
35th 16
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2009 Dallara Honda 31 25 HVM Racing

Superleague Formula[edit]

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Pts
2008 Borussia Dortmund
Zakspeed
DON
15
DON
4
NÜR
15
NÜR
DNS
ZOL
ZOL
EST
EST
VAL VAL JER JER 14th* 218*
  • * Borussia Dortmund team standing.

Complete GP2 series results[edit]

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008–09 ART Grand Prix CHN
FEA

17
CHN
SPR

13
UAE
FEA

UAE
SPR

BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

QAT
FEA

QAT
SPR

MAL
FEA

MAL
SPR

BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

34th 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Driver changes aplenty in Dubai". crash.net. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  2. ^ Driver Hopes to Shift the Indy 500 Into Neutral, Fox News, April 24, 2009
  3. ^ Power breaks two vertebrae in accident, AP via ESPN, August 23, 2009, Retrieved 2010-01-17