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American Driver
Prospects Ranking
For Open Wheel Road Racing
June 30, 2010

The June 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 July 28, 2010.

  Driver Last Month
1 Conor Daly (Star Mazda)
Stretched his winning streak to four with two oval victories (IRP and Iowa), and would have had five in a row if not for an admitted officials' error. Instead took third and fourth at NJMP after starting on pole both races.
2 Alexander Rossi (GP3)
Started the month out great with a fourth and third at Istanbul, but ended it with two DNFs at Valencia. However, he moved up to third in the point standings.
3 Josef Newgarden (GP3)
Had a miserable month with his best finish a 10th at Istanbul.
4 Gabby Chaves (Italian F3)
Grabbed pole at Hockenheim, but could only parlay that into a sixth place finish. Then ran into trouble the second race when contact on the first lap ended his day.
5 Charlie Kimball (Indy Lights)
Took third at IMS after starting on the front row, but failed to finish a lap at Iowa after contact. Remains second in the championship.
6 Connor De Phillippi (Star Mazda)
Slipped two spots in the standings with two fourths (Iowa and NJMP), a seventh (IRP), and eighth (NJMP).
7 Sage Karam (USF2000)
Continues to tear up the new series with two wins from the pole (Iowa and NJMP), a second at Iowa, but finished the month with a DNF at NJMP. Still holds a commanding lead in the points.
8 Cole Morgan (F2000)
Took two podiums (third and second) at Mosport to remain in the second spot in the championship against huge fields.
9 Spencer Pigot (Skip Barber)
Two is the magic number for Pigot -- two second place finishes at Lime Rock keeps him in the top spot in the standings.
10 Dennis Trebing (Skip Barber)
A fifth and a third after starting third in each race at Lime Rock keeps him in third for the points title.
11 Matt Lee (Italian F3)
Continues to put his troubles from the States behind him, as he started fourth at Hockenheim, but finished 14th. Then turned around and came in fourth in the second race.
12 Miles Maroney (Pacific F2000)
Enters the ranking thanks to two second place finishes at Sears Point to move up to second in the championship.
13 Jonathan Scarallo (F2000)
Had a weekend to forget at Mosport, crashing heavily in the first qualifying session and unable to get his car repaired. The zero points in Canada dropped him four positions in the standings.
14 Nick Andries (Skip Barber)
A third and a sixth at Lime Rock for fourth place in the point standings is enough to move into the ranking.
15 Brett Smrz (Jim Russell)
The Jim Russell Series remade itself, allowing Smrz to compete this year. He took a second and third at the opening races at Sears Point.
Dropped out: Robert Podlesni, Benjamin Searcy.

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