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Driver Rankings

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted April 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm open wheel racing news

The first edition of the 2011 EFCN driver rankings were released Friday, ranking North America’s top junior formula pilots.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, Conor Daly retains the top spot after holding the No. 1 position since June ’10.

Canadian Mikael Grenier is the biggest mover inside the top-five, jumping from 13th to 5th after making the move to Indy Lights this season – following a successful 2010 season in the Star Mazda Championship.

Another Canadian, David Ostella, made the largest leap inside the top-20, moving up 13 spots to 18th overall. Similar to Grenier, both Stefan Wilson- (No. 12-Indy Lights) and Spencer Pigot (No. 20-USF2000) moved up eight spots.

New Jersey’s Trent Hindman, a Skip Barber National and USF2000 National Championship driver, earned an astounding 71-spot jump to open the 2011 season. Last season Hindman was classified 117th but has since been moved into the top-50, landing at the No. 46 spot.

Matthew Di Leo, competing in the USF2000 National Championship, advanced 181 spots to crack the top-100 at No. 61. His jump was precipitated with two third-place finishes in the USF2000 WinterFest and a fourth-place result at St. Petersburg in the USF2000 National Championship.

As the results begin to roll in, watch for even more movement among the new crop of drivers kicking off the 2011 season.

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