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American Driver
Prospects Ranking
For Open Wheel Road Racing
May 24, 2017

The May ranking features the top 15 American driver prospects for open wheel road racing. The next ranking will appear on July 26, 2017.

  Driver Last Rank
1 Oliver Askew (USF2000)
The definition of phenom. With barely any car racing experience, Askew was selected for the 2016 USA Scholarship program straight out of karts. He then finished second in the Walter Hayes Trophy while earlier was running fourth in the Formula Ford Festival before a tire puncture put him out. Following that, he won the Team USA Mazda Road To Indy Scholarship. He parlayed that into a USF2000 ride. After debuting in second place, he won the next five races while racking up four poles and four fastest laps for a commanding series lead.
2t Kyle Kaiser (Indy Lights)
After finishing third in Indy Lights in 2016 with two wins and three poles, Kaiser got the jump in 2017. In six races, he has one win, two seconds, a third, and a fourth along with two poles to lead the championship.
2t Colton Herta (Indy Lights)
Spent 2016 in Europe finishing third in the EuroFormula 3 Open with four wins and five poles. This year, Herta is third in Indy Lights with two wins, a second, and two poles.
4 Aaron Telitz (Indy Lights)
Won last year's Pro Mazda championship with six wins, 13 podiums, 10 poles, and four fastest laps. In Indy Lights, Telitz has a win and is fifth in the standings.
5 TJ Fischer (Pro Mazda)
Currently third in points with a second and three thirds in four races. In 2016, Fischer split his time between USF2000 and Pro Mazda.
6 Kaylen Frederick (USF2000)
In 2016, got a win in F1600 Championship Series in half a season and a pole in F2000 Championship Series in one weekend. This year, sits third in USF2000 points with two seconds, a third, a fourth, and a fifth.
7 Cameron Das (British F3)
The 2016 US F4 champion with nine wins and six poles. This year, mainly competing in British F3 and so far has a win, two seconds, a third, and three poles which places him second in the standings.
8 Timo Reger (US F4)
The 2016 Skip Barber champion, Reger leads the US F4 Championship with two wins and a second in three races.
9 Zach Holden (F1600)
Leads the F1600 Championship Series with two wins, three seconds, and a fourth in six races along with three poles.
10 Logan Sargeant (British F4)
The first American World karting Champion in nearly 40 years, Sargeant runs in the British F4 Championship. He's third in the standings thanks to seven top five finishes and one pole.
11 Neil Verhagen (FR Eurocup)
After winning the 2016 F1600 Championship Series with nine wins, he became the youngest ever SCCA Runoffs winner, doing it in Formula F. This year, he moved to Europe and competes in the Formula Renault Eurocup where he's struggling with a fourth as his top finish.
12 Timothy de Silva (Pacific F2000)
The 2016 Pacific F2000 champion with eight wins and 10 poles and Team USA Scholarship finalist has seen a rocky 2017 season. He's either won (three times) or did not see the checkered flag (three times). He also has three poles.
13 Simon Sikes (Skip Barber)
The 2017 Skip Barber Winter Series champion with five wins.
14 Santino Ferrucci (GP3)
He's still looking for his first breakout season, but so far he's been good enough to move into GP3 where he's shown excellent controlled aggression and get hired by Haas F1 as their development driver.
15 Neil Alberico (Indy Lights)
He's slowly and steadily moved up the racing ladder. Currently in his second Indy Lights season, Alberico is fourth in the championship with two thirds and two fourths.
Dropped out: NA

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