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American Driver
Prospects Ranking
For Open Wheel Road Racing
July 26, 2017

The July ranking features the top 15 American driver prospects for open wheel road racing. The next ranking will appear on September 27, 2017.

  Driver Last Rank
1 Oliver Askew (USF2000)
Came back to Earth ... slightly. After a 17th at Road America, he ripped off a third, a win at Iowa leading every lap from pole, and a second before a DNF despite a pole. Askew still has a strong lead in the points.
2 Kyle Kaiser (Indy Lights)
Swept the doubleheader in Toronto along with a pole. This after a third and second at Road America and a fifth at Iowa, allowing him to keep the points lead.
3 Colton Herta (Indy Lights)
Registered a pair of poles, but the best he could do in the races was a third and a pair of fourths. However, it was enough to keep him in third in the championship.
4 Aaron Telitz (Indy Lights)
Also maintained his position in the standings (5th) thanks to a second at Indy and a second at Toronto.
5 Kaylen Frederick (USF2000)
While scoring a fourth at Road America and a third at Toronto in USF2000, Frederick also tried out the F2000 Championship Series. There at Mid-Ohio, he grabbed a third place after nabbing pole.
6 TJ Fischer (Pro Mazda)
Despite bad luck at Road America netting him 15th and a DNF, Fischer still remained in third place in the championship standings.
7 Kyle Kirkwood (US F4)
The 2016 US F4 third place finisher and Team USA Scholarship winner got off to a slow start in 2017. Then, he reeled off six consecutive victories to leapfrog him to the top of the standings.
8 Timo Reger (US F4)
He fell one spot in the standings as his best performance was at Indy with a second place finish after starting on pole.
9 Cameron Das (British F3)
Dropped three places in the standings to fifth despite four top five finishes including a second place.
10 Zach Holden (F1600)
Remained in second place thanks to a win and pole at Mid-Ohio and a runner-up at Indy.
11 Timothy de Silva (Pacific F2000)
Just one event took place in Pacific F2000, and de Silva swept Laguna Seca with two poles and two wins to jump into a tie for first place in the standings.
12 Logan Sargeant (British F4)
Picked up a pair of thirds along with a sixth which dropped him two spots to fifth in the points.
13 Simon Sikes (Skip Barber)
Opened up the Skip Barber campaign with a win and three other podium finishes.
14 Ryan Tveter (GP3)
Strong driving at the Red Bull Ring netted him a fifth and fourth. This helped propel him to 12th in the standings.
15 Bryan Saxe (Skip Barber)
The runner-up in the Winter Series (by just three points) with three wins and a pole, taking Rookie of the Year honors. He opened up the National Series with three out of three victories and a pole.
Dropped out: Neil Verhagen (FR Eurocup), Santino Ferrucci (GP3), Neil Alberico (Indy Lights)

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