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American Driver
Prospects Ranking
For Open Wheel Road Racing
September 28, 2011

The August ranking features the top 15 American driver prospects for open wheel road racing. The next ranking will appear on November 9, 2011.

  Driver Last Month
1 Alexander Rossi (F-Renault 3.5)
Grabbed his first win in the second Paul Ricard race after starting on the front row, moving him to fourth in the championship. Then, went off to test a GP2 car for a possible ride next year.
2 Josef Newgarden (Indy Lights)
After miserable qualifying luck in Baltimore, works his way from 14th to second place on the tough to pass street circuit, virtually clinching the title.
3 Connor De Phillippi (Star Mazda)
A front row start at Baltimore did not pan out as he finished ninth, but rebounded with a win at Laguna Seca, ending the season second in the standings.
4 Conor Daly (Indy Lights, GP3)
Topped his best finishing position with a sixth at Monza, then was knocked out of the second race while in the lead pack. Got the pole at Baltimore for Indy Lights, but crashed out while in the lead.
5 Gabby Chaves (GP3)
His struggles continued with a 17th at Monza, but came back strong with a seventh place finish the next day.
6 Nick Andries (Star Mazda)
Finished third in the points with an eighth in Baltimore after starting third, and a second at Laguna Seca.
7 Spencer Pigot (USF2000)
Got caught up in the first lap Baltimore pileup despite a front row spot, but came back the next day to win from pole. He finished second in the championship.
8 Sage Karam (Star Mazda)
Was not able to move up past fifth in the points despite a second place finish at Baltimore because of a DNF in the Laguna Seca season finale.
9 Zach Veach (USF2000)
A poor weekend at Baltimore (12th and a DNF) dropped him one spot in the final standings to fourth.
10 Chris Livengood (F2000)
After a DNF in the first Lime Rock race, came back the second day for a victory from the front row, remaining second in the points.
11 Kyle Connery (F2000)
Luck continues to go south as a bad crash during Lime Rock qualifying forced him to miss the first race. Then, he had to sit out the second race to serve his penalty from Mosport. This all dropped him to fourth in the points.
12 Scott Anderson (Skip Barber)
Took second and third at the Autobahn races, keeping him in the lead for the title.
13 Trent Hindman (Skip Barber)
Continues to climb up the results sheet with a win, second, and a pole at Autobahn moving him into second in the standings. Was also named a Team USA Scholarship winner.
14 Brandon Newey (Skip Barber)
Fell a spot in the points to third with a third and sixth at Autobahn.
15 Connor Ford (Pacific F2000)
Took two wins, both from pole, at Buttonwillow. Did not compete at the Sears Point weekend.
Dropped out: None.

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