|May 17, 2012 News
|EFCN Driver Rankings - May 15
| The Long Beach Indy Lights win helped Esteban Guerrieri stay at the top of the EFCN Driver Rankings|
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Ahead of the annual bonanza of junior formula car racing in North America during Memorial Day weekend, it is time to look at the second edition of the 2012 EFCN Driver Rankings. As expected, the early season races are starting to have effect on the totals, but the order has yet to significantly shuffle.
Esteban Guerrieri, for a second consecutive month, remains the racer at the top of the points standings, thanks to a revised total of 10,284. The Sam Schmidt Motorsports title contender is off to a strong second season in Indy Lights, adding another win (1037 pts) to his resume with the victory on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. When combined with a second (1021 pts) in the season-opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, and a third place result (1009 pts) at Barber Motorsports Park, the Argentinean is poised to not only be a championship contender, but also hold the lead in the EFCN Driver Rankings for a while.
Esteban Guerrieri – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Indy Lights – Sam Schmidt Motorsports
EFCN Driver Rankings Points Breakdown
|Indy Lights - Indy '11||2nd||1034|
|Indy Lights - Milwaukee '11||1st||1038|
|Indy Lights - Toronto '11||4th||999|
|Indy Lights - Edmonton '11||1st||1031|
|Indy Lights - Trois-Rivieres '11||1st||1060|
|Indy Lights - New Hampshire '11||5th||1013|
|Indy Lights - Las Vegas '11||2nd||1042|
|Indy Lights - St. Petersburg||2nd||1021|
|Indy Lights - Barber||3rd||1009|
|Indy Lights - Long Beach||1st||1037|
Another driver enjoying a strong start to the new campaign is Tristan Vautier, advancing two places to second with a tally of 10,128 pts. The Sam Schmidt Motorsports rookie, racing in Indy Lights via the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship as the reigning Star Mazda Championship champion, scored a third consecutive podium finish this past month with a third place finish (1016 pts) in Long Beach. Add in a win (1031 pts) in his first series race in St. Petersburg, and a runner-up finish (1020 pts) at Barber, and Vautier looks ready to challenge for both top honors in the rankings and back-to-back junior formula car titles.
Indy Lights veteran Gustavo Yacaman completes the top-three in the rankings midway through May, pocketing 10,127 pints. While the Team Moore Racing driver did not quite match his two series counterparts ahead of him in the standings, the 10th place result (943 pts) on the often treacherous streets of Long Beach may come in handy when the final points are calculated in the late fall. With another top-10 (sixth - 979 pts) in St. Petersburg, and a fourth (999 pts) in Alabama, Yacaman is enjoying a solid start to 2012.
Completing the top-five in the second edition of the 2012 EFCN Driver Rankings is USF2000 Championship star Spencer Pigot and Star Mazda Championship standout Connor De Phillippi. While Pigot has not raced since March, his three wins (Sebring - 1032 pts and St. Petersburg - 1034 pts twice) have certainly secured the Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver's place near the top of the standings. De Phillippi, likewise, has not been in the cockpit of his Juncos Racing entry since the last driver rankings, but has also visited victory lane in 2012, winning (1023 pts) the season-opener in St. Petersburg.
Other drivers of note in the mid-May edition of the 2012 EFCN Driver Rankings are Robert La Rocca (HP-Tech Motorsports), the top F2000 Championship Series racer (up nine places to ninth – 9,963 pts); Conner Ford (PR1 Motorsports), the leading Pacific F1600 Championship driver (up three places to 22nd – 9,684 pts); Brandon Newey (Bryan Herta Autosport), the top F1600 Formula F Championship Series racer (up four positions to 30th - 9,606 pts); Bob Negron (Negron Racing), the highest ranked Pacific F2000 Championship racer (down four places to 36th – 9,482 pts); and Charles Finelli (Fat Boy Racing/John Walko Racing), the leading Atlantic Championship Series driver (up 41 places to 60th - 8786 pts).
The "Hard Charger" among the top 50 in the mid-May edition of the 2012 eFormulaCarNews.com Driver Rankings is Dave Weitzenhof, who advanced 27 positions to 49th in the rankings with 9,097 pts. The junior formula car veteran scored one-top five (fifth at VIR - 984 pts), and three top-10s (seventh at VIR - 964 pts, eighth at Road Atlanta - 928 pts, and ninth at Road Atlanta - 918 pts) as one of the top masters racers in the competitive F2000 Championship Series.
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EFCN Driver Rankings Top-50
May 15, 2012
|1||0||Esteban Guerrieri||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||14||10284|
|2||2||Tristan Vautier||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||12||10128|
|3||0||Gustavo Yacaman||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||15||10127|
|4||2||Spencer Pigot||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||18||10118|
|5||0||Connor De Phillippi||Star Mazda||Juncos Racing||13||10096|
|6||-4||Stefan Wilson||Not Active||N/A||11||10055|
|7||3||Victor Carbone||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||14||9975|
|8||-1||Remy Audette||Not Active||Audette Racing||10||9974|
|9||9||Robert La Rocca||F2000 Championship||HP-Tech Motorsports||13||9963|
|10||2||Sage Karam||Star Mazda||Andretti Autosport||13||9947|
|11||-3||Jorge Goncalvez||Indy Lights||Belardi Auto Racing||14||9921|
|12||-1||JV Horto||Indy Lights||Juncos Racing||11||9915|
|13||3||Matthew Brabham||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||10||9898|
|14||0||Petri Suvanto||Star Mazda||Team Pelfrey||12||9891|
|15||0||Trent Hindman||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||22||9881|
|16||-7||Nick Andries||Indy Lights||Bryan Herta Autosport||10||9879|
|17||0||Tim Minor||F2000 Championship||Ski Motorsports||14||9796|
|18||-5||Chris Livengood||F2000 Championship||Work Racing||13||9751|
|19||2||Roman Lagudi||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||17||9750|
|20||3||Scott Anderson||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||22||9718|
|21||5||Gustavo Menezes||Star Mazda||Team Pelfrey||12||9693|
|22||3||Conner Ford||Pacific F1600||PR1 Motorsports||12||9684|
|23||-4||Duarte Ferreira||Not Active||N/A||11||9679|
|24||3||Shelby Blackstock||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||22||9670|
|25||-4||Kyle Connery||F2000 Championship||CC Motorsport||12||9669|
|26||3||Matthew Di Leo||USF2000||MDL Racing||18||9655|
|27||-7||Anders Krohn||Not Active||N/A||11||9648|
|28||-4||David Cheng||Not Active||N/a||10||9629|
|29||1||David Ostella||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||13||9608|
|30||4||Brandon Newey||F1600 Championship||Bryan Herta Autosport||14||9606|
|31||0||Thomas McGregor||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||16||9597|
|32||1||Zach Veach||Star Mazda||Andretti Autosport||14||9548|
|33||16||Tim Paul||F2000 Championship||SMR/GTP Motorsports||14||9535|
|34||1||Juan Piedrahita||Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||12||9533|
|35||2||Timmy Megenbier||USF2000||Afterburner Autosport||12||9527|
|36||-4||Bob Negron||Pacific F2000||Negron Racing||10||9482|
|37||1||Luigi Biangardi||USF2000||ArmsUp Motorsports||13||9450|
|38||6||Colin Thompson||USF2000/F1600 Championship||Belardi Auto Racing/TTO Motorsports||16||9441|
|39||-3||Sebastian Ordonez||Not Active||N/A||12||9431|
|40||1||Les Phillips||Pacific F2000||Phillips Racing||13||9404|
|41||1||Carlos Linares||Star Mazda||Linares Racing||13||9333|
|42||4||Peter West||Pacific F2000||Dave Freitas Racing||14||9332|
|43||-3||Joe Colasacco||F1600 Championship/USF2000||Auriana Racing||10||9327|
|44||-1||Danilo Estrela||Skip Barber||N/A||12||9301|
|45||6||Jerimy Daniel||Star Mazda||The Racing Company||11||9204|
|46||7||Luca Forgeois||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||16||9182|
|47||12||Art Foster||F1600 Championship||Art Foster Racing||10||9156|
|48||2||Scott Rettich||USF2000||Alliance Autosport||12||9124|
|49||27||Dave Weitzenhof||F2000 Championship||Weitzenhof Racing||10||9097|
|50||4||Craig Clawson||F2000 Championship||Clawson Motorsports||11||9077|
|50||5||Jason Wolfe||USF2000||JAY Motorsports||18||9077|
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EFCN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EFCN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in the pro junior formula car series raced in North America (Indy Lights, Atlantic Championship Series, Star Mazda Championship, Formula 1000 Championship Series, F2000 Championship Series, Pacific F2000 Championship, USF2000 Championship, F1600 Formula F Championship Series, and Pacific F1600 Championship). Assembled using events from the last 12 months, we use a driver’s best 10 finishes in order to determine their overall current point total. With each new month, results from the previous year are discarded to deliver the current ranking list.
Each series was initially weighted based on its prestige and history, the events and tracks at which it races, and of course the depth of talent, with a score of 10 being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2012, Indy Lights were given a base ranking of 9.4, Star Mazda was placed with a 9.2 score, F2000 Championship and USF2000 Championship have a base ranking of 9.1, Pacific F2000, and F1600 Championship have a base ranking of 9, while the Atlantic Championship, F1000 Championship, and Pacific F1600 Championship have a ranking of 8.9.
Added to the initial base ranking is the variable of field size, which helps confirm the importance, strength and competitiveness of the series. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, with a full field of 30 cars or more providing one full point. Another full point or fraction of a point will be added based on the field strength of each event. The percentage of the top-50 ranked drivers in the race will also be factored into the final event ranking. 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 10 races, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.