|eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings - January 18
Only two weeks into the New Year, the new era of the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings has begun with the first event now in the books to start the 2007 season. Last weekend, the Florida Winter Tour presented by Tony Kart Florida held the second leg of their opening back-to-back weekend schedule. The second weekend included the Pro Shifter (ICC) and ICA categories, which are included in the EKN Driver Rankings schedule. The Tour was added to the Driver Rankings schedule at the beginning of the 2006 season, carrying the ranking of eight.
With Tour starting out the year, it will give a few more points to those already on the list but will also give those Junior drivers making earning some beginning points before the summer schedule hits. This past weekend, only four drivers moved up in the ICC rankings while the competitive ICA division stayed static.
Canadian pilot Michael Vincec, the reigning Canadian National Champion and Stars of Karting Rookie of the Year moved up two spots in the EKN Driver Rankings to open up the 2007 season. After taking home two wins in the opening weekend for the Tour’s Group B, one of them was good enough to be included in his best seven that count toward his rankings total. If Vincec can keep his average at fourth throughout the 2007 Stars schedule, there will be no doubt that he will brake into the top ten. Other drivers who moved up in today’s rankings include Florida’s Jonathan Branam (17), Garrett Maxfield (33), and Gianmarco Raimondo breaking into the top 50 at 45th spot.
Though the ICA rankings stayed the same to start out the New Year, nine of the top 25 drivers added two more races to their total, including last year’s Stars of Karting ICA National Champion and #1 EKN Driver Rankings pilot Joel Miller. Other top pilots running in Homestead included Chris Larson, Jake Rosenzweig, Joe Paterson, Anthony Llopiz, James Kennedy, Garrett Napier, Christophe Boisclair, and Mitch Cobb.
| Mike Vincec moves up two spots in ICC, just outside the top ten|
Driver Spotlight: Michael Vincec
ICC Ranking: 12th
|WKA Manufacturer’s Cup ’06 - Lowe’s #2||8||1||921|
|Stars of Karting 2006 Race of the Americas||10||8||1089|
|Stars of Karting ’06 - East #3 - New Castle||9||2||1045|
|Stars of Karting ’06 - East #4 - Lowe’s||9||1||1065|
|Stars of Karting ’06 - East #7 - Shawano||9||4||1036|
|Stars of Karting 2006 National Finals||10||12||1054|
|Florida Winter Tour ’07 - Homestead #1||8||1||918|
Average Finish: 4.14
Average Points: 1018
Total Points: 7128
UPCOMING RANKED EVENTS
Feb. 17-18: Florida Winter Tour - Homestead-Miami Speedway - Homestead, FL
Mar. 9-11: WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series - 103rd Street Sports Complex - Jacksonville, FL
Mar. 17-18: Florida Winter Tour - Ocala Grand Prix - Ocala, FL
EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN 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, the SKUSA SuperNationals, and the KartSport Grand Prix.
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 2007, 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 and Florida Winter Tour 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.
ICC Driver Rankings - as of January 18, 2007
ICA Driver Rankings - as of January 18, 2007
|18.||18||NC||Juan Ignacia Sanso||7||4720|