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American Driver
Prospects Ranking
For Open Wheel Road Racing
November 4, 2009

The final 2009 ranking features the top 15 American driver prospects for open wheel road racing. The next ranking will appear May 26, 2010.

  Driver Last Month
1 J.R. Hildebrand (Indy Lights)
After clinching the championship, added icing on the cake with a second place finish at Homestead.
2t John Edwards (Atlantic)
Won the championship in the closest finish ever -- tied in points and victories, title decided on runner up spots, 4-3, over Summerton.
2t Jonathan Summerton (Atlantic)
Got the most points and victories, but so did Edwards, and wound up losing the title on second place finishes.
4 Josef Newgarden (Europe)
Continued to wow the Europeans, notching two second place finishes, including the fastest lap, in the last weekend to finish second in the British FF series. Then, finished sixth in the Walter Hayes Trophy.
5 Gabby Chaves (FBMW)
Season ended a month ago, maintaining fifth spot in the rankings after a dominating championship run.
6 Connor De Phillippi (Skip Barber National)
After winning the championship, went to Europe and took home the Walter Hayes Trophy. Also finished 10th in the Formula Ford Festival.
7 Conor Daly (Star Mazda)
Finished fourth in the last race at Laguna Seca, giving him third in the championship.
8 Joel Miller (Star Mazda)
Had a disappointing finale at Laguna Seca after starting fourth, slipping him one spot to fifth in the final standings.
9 Chris Miller (F2000)
His season already came to an end as the F2000 Championship Series winner.
10 Robert Podlesni (Pacific F2000)
Already the champion, he added a pole, a second, and fourth for good measure.
11 Matthew Inge (F2000)
The season was over for Inge as the series runner up.
12 Alexander Rossi (Europe)
His foray to Europe was a successful one, finishing fourth in the Formula Masters series.
13 Brett Smrz (Skip Barber National)
His season interrupted by finances, Smrz showed his stuff in England with a fourth place finish in the FF Festival and ninth in the Walter Hayes Trophy.
14 Max Hyatt (Pacific F2000)
Finished out the season with a fourth and second to wind up second in the championship.
15 Benjamin Searcy (F2000)
Season was complete with a fourth in points.
Dropped out: Court Vernon

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