DeFrancesco started karting in 2006 at the age of 6 where he competed in the Florida Winter Tour and the SKUSA Pro Tour. In 2009, he placed third in the drivers standings at the Rotax Grand Nationals USA – Micro Max and first in the Canadian National Karting Championships – Rotax Micro Max. Later on in 2011 and 2012, DeFrancesco placed second in the Canadian National Karting Championships – Rotax Mini MAX followed by another second place in the Italian KF3 Championship in 2014. Devlin started spending a few seasons at a time in Italy, racing in their karting championships. In his debut year of Italy, 2011, he finished the final cup race in 7th. Following on, he finished 2011 by making the podium in 12 straigh national-level North American races.
In 2013, Devlin won the Canadian National Junior Kating Championship before competing in Europe in 2014 where he placed 2nd overall in the Italian Championship and 3rd overall in the CIK FIA European Championship. That year, he sustained a wrist injury that required two surgeries that stopped him from racing for a year. DeFrancesco attended the Carlin Academy to prepare for the FIA Formula 4 with simulators and on-track testing.
Devlin became a part of the Generation Ganassi Driver Identification Program in 2015 that was set up to assist up to 10 13 to 18 year old North American drivers. Later that year, he graduated from karts to compete in the 2015 Ginette Junior Championship with HHC Motosports. DeFrancesco made the move to single-seater racing in 2016 for the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series as apart of the Giles Motorsport team where he finished 10th overall. He competed in the Italian F4 Championship with Mücke Motorsport and the F4 British Championship with Carlin in that same year, managing to claim 3 wins and 10 podiums in the latter.
To round off his 2018 after GP3 and FIA Formula 3 European, DeFrancesco also competed in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with JDC-Miller Motorsports for 2 races. He completed another race with the team in 2019.
FIA Formula 3
DeFrancesco made his debut to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and the Spanish Formula 3 Championship in 2017 where he raced with Carlin. Alongside both Formula 3 series, Devlin also competed with Carlin for the Euroformula Open Championship where he placed 3rd in the standings. His highest championship position was in the Spanish Formula 3 where he took first in the standings with 119 points, three podiums and one win out of six races. Devlin competed in the Macau Grand Prix for the first time that year but didn’t manage to finish the race.
He stuck with Carlin for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2018 where he placed 25th in the standings. Alongside the European Championship, Devlin had his first taste of the GP3 Series where he competed with MP Motorsport and finished 21st in the standings. Devlin made the move to Trident for the FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2019, competing in 16 races and finishing 25th in the standings.
2020 FIA Formula 3 Season
For his 2020 FIA Formula 3 season, Devlin Defrancesco is sticking with Trident where he’ll race alongside rookie Olli Caldwell and German driver Lirim Zendeli.
Not only is Devlin racing in the FIA Formula 3 2020 season, he has spent the last portion of 2019 and early 2020 competing in the F3 Asian Championship with Absolute Racing. He completed 3 out of the 5 rounds with 101 points after having to pull out. Devlin was born 15 weeks premature and weighed only a pound with Doctors not expecting him to survive. With his immune system becoming incredibly poor, it wasn’t safe for DeFrancesco to continue competing in the Asian F3 after the outbreak of the coronavirus.