|Super Kart Illustrated Driver Rankings - June
With the busy 2006 schedule, the EKN and SKI staff have fallen behind on updating the eKartingNews.com viewers with the monthly Super Kart Illustrated Driver Rankings. With the June issue of SKI now in the hands of the readers across North America, most everyone has seen the driver rankings. For those who haven’t, EKN will set you up with who’s where as we get into the thick of the national schedule.
Since the last rankings were published on EKN back in March, the top spot has changed for both the ICC and ICA divisions. Race of the Americas winner Wesley Boswell and current ICA Eastern Division points leader Jake Rosenzweig have replaced Alex Speed and Phil Giebler as the top drivers in North America by the SKI Driver Rankings.
With his big win in Norman in March, Boswell jumped up to the top spot for the May issue (the issue featuring the Race of the Americas event). Unfortunately, he has not added to his score since except for a fourth place at New Castle on Sunday in May. Boswell is still holds on to a good lead as none of the top five have been able to make up any points on him. Kyle Wiegand continues to work with his new TopKart, scoring just one podium finish thus far in 2006. Jan Velez looked strong in the Winter months during the Florida Winter Tour with PSL Karting but has not cracked into the top five in three events. David Jurca is also on a learning curve with Tony Kart USA while Tad Funakoshi scored a big third place in Norman in his debut with Italian Motors as his best finish of the year.
The ICA division is still in transition with many of the top ten from the end of 2005 not competing in ’06. Rosenzweig's strong run at the end of ’05 and podium finishes at Norman and New Castle have him atop the standings. Giebler will soon begin to fall as the season winds down, leaving the second spot open for either Joel Miller or Johnny Johnson to take. Miller got off his bad streak at New Castle with a victory on Saturday and driving through the field to finish fifth on Sunday. Johnson has figured out his new TopKart but is still working on the engine package for consistent finishes. Chris Larson will also be in the fight for the top spots as well. With many of the rookies getting their fifth event in during the month of June and July, the next driver rankings should show them slowly working up the standings as well.
With the July issue set to be in mailbox of all the SKI subscribers within the next week or so, EKN will bring you the updated rankings from the 807 issue within the time as well.
ICC Driver Rankings - as of May 26, 2006
ICA Driver Rankings - as of May 26, 2006
SKI Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The SKI Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the last 12 months, we use a driver’s top seven finishes in ICC to determine their overall current point total. The top five as used for ICA due to the lower number of available events. With each new month, results from the previous year are discarded. To deliver this current ranking list, we tabulated the results of all the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup (East and West) and the Snap-on Stars of Karting national events run over the last 12 months. We have also included the results for the major one-off events such as the Rock Island Grand Prix, SKUSA King of the Streets, Black Rock Summer Shootout and the SKUSA SuperNationals.
Each race was initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of 10 being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2005, the Stars of Karting Race of the Americas and the SKUSA SuperNationals are the only events to receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting. The Stars of Karting national series events draw a base ranking of 9 while the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup races were given a base ranking of 8.
Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field while the number of existing top 50 drivers entered offers another fraction of a point. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race.
Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driver’s final point total from each event. Using a driver’s best seven races for ICC and the best five for ICA, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.