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American Driver
Prospects Ranking
For Open Wheel Road Racing
July 29, 2009

The July 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 August 26, 2009.

  Driver Last Month
1 J.R. Hildebrand (Indy Lights)
Continues to lead the Indy Lights series thanks to two victories (Watkins Glen, Edmonton) a second (Toronto) and a pole.
2 John Edwards (Atlantic)
One of the hottest drivers in America. Won both races from Autobahn both from the pole and notched a second at Lime Rock, jumping him into second in the points and closing in on first.
3 Josef Newgarden (Europe)
Simply spectacular in the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. In six July races, won three times, took runner up twice, and got a third along with a pole position and four fastest laps.
4 Jonathan Summerton (Atlantic)
Concentrating on just the Atlantic series and changing teams, stumbled a bit in July. Finished fourth, second, and 1th, dropping him one spot in the standings to third.
5 Conor Daly (Star Mazda)
A second, third, and fifth jumps him four spots in the standings to third.
6 Gabby Chaves (FBMW)
A win from pole and a second place at Lime Rock moves the dual citizen into the points lead. He has yet to finish off the podium.
7 Joel Miller (Star Mazda)
Fell a spot to third in the standings with an 18th, seventh, and fourth place finishes.
8 Chris Miller (F2000)
Jumped from eighth to the points lead thanks to a victory at Watkins Glen and two seconds at Summit Point, with all three results coming from pole position. Also got a 12th at The Glen from second starting spot.
9 Connor De Phillippi (Skip Barber National)
A first and a second from Barber Motorsports Park keeps him first in the standings..
10 Robert Podlesni (Pacific F2000)
Two second place finishes, one from the pole, at Sears Point allows him to maintain his points lead.
11 Matthew Inge (F2000)
After crashing out of Watkins Glen, he finished second from the pole in the second race and then got a victory and a fourth at Summit Point. However, he slipped to second in the standings.
12 Max Hyatt (Pacific F2000)
Notched two more wins (both at Sears Point with one from the pole) for a series leading four. Moved up to second in the standings.
13 Alexander Rossi (Europe)
Remained in fifth place in the Formula Master series with a seventh, second, third, and DNF.
14 Court Vernon (Skip Barber National)
Has four podium finishes in the last five races, including the most recent second and first, both from the pole, at Barber Motorsports Park. Currently sits third in the points..
15 Benjamin Searcy (F2000)
Despite a rough time his last two outings, remains in fourth place in points. Missed the first Watkins Glen race with damage from qualifying and came back to take sixth. At Summit Point, was DQ'ed from a fifth due to low weight and came back to take third.
Dropped out: Brett Smrz.

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