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American Driver
Prospects Ranking
For Open Wheel Road Racing
May 25, 2011

The May ranking features the top 15 American driver prospects for open wheel road racing. The next ranking will appear on June 29, 2011.

  Driver Last Year
1 Alexander Rossi (F-Renault 3.5)
After a fourth place in GP3 with two wins and six podiums, is now running in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series where he won in his debut race, finished second twice, and sits second in the standings.
2 Gabby Chaves (GP3)
After a mixed year in Italian F3 where he grabbed one pole and two top fives, he is now in GP3 where he has two top tens in four races.
3 Conor Daly (Indy Lights, GP3)
The Star Mazda champion won the Long Beach Indy Lights race and finished second at St. Petersburg leading the standings. However, he received a rude awakening in the GP3 Series with four finishes outside the top 20.
4 Josef Newgarden (Indy Lights)
Came back to the States after a year in GP3 and promptly won the Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg and then threw away a sure win at Long Beach, but is second in points.
5 Connor De Phillippi (Star Mazda)
After finishing third in Star Mazda with a win, a pole, and three podiums, he came back for another year to try and claim the title. He started out winning at St. Petersburg and sits second in points.
6 Spencer Pigot (USF2000)
Won the Skip Barber championship with three wins, five poles, and 12 out of 14 podiums. He moved into the USF2000 National Championship and already has a win, a pole, two seconds, and a third for second in points.
7 Kyle Connery (F2000)
Right out of karting, he already has two wins (at Road Atlanta), two poles, and a second in the F2000 Championship Series.
8 Zach Veach (USF2000)
Back for his second year in USF2000 after finishing fifth in points with four podiums, he already has a win (at Sebring), a third, a fourth, and two poles in four races.
9 Connor Ford (Pacific F2000)
Did a partial season in Pacific F2000 (a win and two thirds in just four races), he has made a big impact this year with three victories, three poles, and a fifth, placing him first in the standings.
10 Chris Livengood (F2000)
Returning to F2000 after a win last year, he has two thirds in four races for sixth in points.
11 Brandon Newey (Skip Barber)
In his second year in the Skip Barber National, has a win, a second, and a third for second in points.
12 Scott Anderson (Skip Barber)
Also in his second year in Skip Barber National, has a win, a second, and a fourth for third in points.
13 Cole Morgan (USF2000)
After competing in the F2000 Championship for a few years where he finished second last year with two wins and eight podiums, he has joined the USF2000 National Championship. So far he has three top fives for seventh in points.
14 Nick Andries (Star Mazda)
Did Skip Barber and Star Mazda last year and returns to Star Mazda this year where he got a second in his second race.
15 Felix Serralles (F-Renault 2.0)
After placing third in Skip Barber National with two wins and eight out of 14 podiums and then winning the Team USA Scholarship, he has moved to Europe for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. He has three top tens for seventh in points.
Dropped out: Charlie Kimball, Matt Lee, Sage Karam, Dennis Trebing, Jonathan Scarallo, Miles Maroney.

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