Junior Open Wheel Talent

News and Views on Drivers Chasing Open-Wheel Stardom


by Ryan Stringfield
Posted May 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm linkage

A linkage post is long overdue and there has been a fair amount of news out there lately…

The GP3 Series made its debut this past weekend in Barcelona.  Canadian Robert Wickens leads the drivers’ championship after the first two rounds, he finished 2nd and 4th .  Fellow North American, Alexander Rossi won Race 2 by a huge margin and sits fourth in the current rankings – just three points shy of the lead.  Pal Varhaug won the first race and is currently second in the standings with Mexican Esteban Gutierrez in third.  Looking at the current points, there are three North American drivers in the top-five, not a bad start to the season.  LJ Hutchins over at BritsonPole.com put together a solid GP3 race report – you can read it here.

Originally, I wasn’t planning to cover GP3, due to time constraints, but given the quality of the field, the current entry numbers and the number of North American drivers competing in the series… you will likely see quite a bit more GP3 coverage on JOWT in the coming months.

In an effort to better understand the European feeder series, Tomaso over at NoFenders.net put together a brief summary of several junior formula series.  Plus, he was kind enough to link to me – so the least I can do is return the favor.

Doug Patterson of OpenPaddock.net has expanded his coverage to include the ‘Road to Indy’.  You can read his USF2000 Early Season Report- here and his Star Mazda Championship Early Season Report – here.

Spencer Pigot, who currently leads the 2010 Skip Barber National Championship, made his Ontario Formula Ford Challenge debut last weekend at Mosport.  Despite horrendous weather, Pigot won his first-ever race in the Series and managed to finish second in Race-2 – while driving without third gear.  He is actively pursuing the necessary funding to continue in the series.


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