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American Driver
Prospects Ranking
For Open Wheel Road Racing
May 26, 2010

The first 2010 ranking features the top 15 American driver prospects for open wheel road racing. Here is the press release for this month's ranking. The next ranking will appear on June 30, 2010.


  Driver Last Year
1 Conor Daly (Star Mazda)
Opened the Star Mazda series in grand style with two victories (St. Pete, Laguna Seca), a third, and two poles in the first three races to take the early points lead.
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2 Josef Newgarden (GP3)
Coming off a runner up finish in the 2009 MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain (9 victories, 4 poles, 16 podium finishes, and 8 fastest laps), stayed in Europe for the new GP3 Series where he got off to a rough start the first weekend.
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3 Alexander Rossi (GP3)
After a fourth place finish and Rookie of the Year honors in the 2009 Formula Master series with 3 wins, Rossi has been very busy. Took 9th (tied for 7th in points) in the GP2 Asia Series and wowed the establishment with a solid victory in the GP3 Series.
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4 Gabby Chaves (Italian F3)
Now officially racing under the American flag, the 2009 FBMW master (on the podium in all 14 races with 5 wins and 3 poles) has moved to Italy for their F3 series. Took 8th and 13th in the first weekend.
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5 Connor De Phillippi (Star Mazda)
The 2009 Skip Barber National Champion (7 wins, 4 poles, 10 podiums in 14 races) and Walter Hayes Trophy winner has moved up to Star Mazda where he has a 7th, 5th, and 4th in the first three races for 4th in the standings.
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6 Charlie Kimball (Indy Lights)
Now with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport after a disappointing 10th place in 2009 Indy Lights, is starting to show the promise he displayed in the 2005 British F3 Series. Currently second in points with two seconds and a 4th in the first three races.
NR
7 Sage Karam (USF2000)
The youngest winner of the Skip Barber Shootout in 2008 and the 2009 Skip Barber Rising Star winner, he opened the new USF2000 Series the best way possible -- winning both races at St. Pete. Then took a 4th and 2nd in the non-points Laguna Seca event.
NR
8 Cole Morgan (F2000)
The 2007 F2000 champion winner is back for another go after a bit of a racing hiatus. Won at VIR along with a 3rd and 4th for second in points.
NR
9 Robert Podlesni (Pacific F2000)
Last year's champion with 2 wins, 7 poles, and 10 podiums in 12 starts, opened his defense with a win and two poles at Fontana. However, has not raced since.
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10 Spencer Pigot (Skip Barber)
Impressive start to the season in the first six races -- two wins, two poles, one second, and two thirds -- gives him the current points lead.
NR
11 Dennis Trebing (Skip Barber)
Also with two victories and two poles, but lesser finishes in other races puts him in a tie for third place.
NR
12 Jonathan Scarallo (F2000)
The 18-year-old sits 4th in the standings after four races thanks to a best finish of second.
NR
13 Matt Lee (Italian F3)
After struggling stateside, moved to Italy and made people take notice with the fastest time in the first Italian F3 practice session. He wound up 7th and 12th in the opening weekend.
NR
14 Benjamin Searcy (USF2000)
After taking 4th in 2009 F2000 with three wins and a pole, took a 5th in the inaugural USF2000 weekend. However, money woes may sideline him for the season.
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15 Brett Smrz (Jim Russell)
Coming off a 4th in the 2009 FF Festival and 9th in the 2009 Walter Hayes Trophy, Smrz was planning to run the Jim Russell series. However, with the series on shaky ground, may find himself without a ride this season.
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Dropped out: J.R. Hildebrand, John Edwards, Jonathan Summerton, Joel Miller, Chris Miller, Matthew Inge, Max Hyatt.

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