|June 15, 2012 News
|EFCN Driver Rankings - June 15
| The prestigious Freedom 100 win helped Esteban Guerrieri retain the top spot in the driver rankings for a third consecutive month|
(Photo: INDYCAR-LAT USA)
With the many Memorial Day weekend races now in the books and the busy summer session of racing in full swing, it is time to look at the latest edition of the 2012 EFCN Driver Rankings. While there is no move at the very top of the leaderboard, the June rankings does feature several racers beginning to make their mark.
Esteban Guerrieri's run of form continues this month, as for a third consecutive edition of the EFCN Driver Rankings the Argentinean is the racer at of the table, with renewed points tally of 10,295. The Sam Schmidt Motorsports star scored what is likely his biggest win in North America this past month, taking the Freedom 100 victory (1045 pts) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Guerrieri followed that up one week later with a seventh place finish (960 pts) in the return to racing on Belle Isle in Detroit. When combined a win (1037 pts) on the streets of Long Beach, Calif., and two more podiums this year, the second-year driver is poised to not only to hold his position at the top of the EFCN Driver Rankings, but also challenge for the Indy Lights title at season's end.
Esteban Guerrieri – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Indy Lights – Sam Schmidt Motorsports
EFCN Driver Rankings Points Breakdown
|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|
|Indy Lights - Indy||1st||1045|
While it remains an Indy Lights on-two at the top of the standings, it is Gustavo Yacaman who now holds the P2 position with a revised points total of 10,205. The Team Moore Racing veteran has been a driver worth watching in 2012, and that continued this past month with two impressive runs behind the wheel The Colombian was on the pole at Indy before ultimately coming home fourth (1014 pts). One week later, however, on the streets of Belle Isle was he really made his mark, capturing his second career Indy Lights win (1022 pts). They key now is for Yacaman to maintain his run of form throughout the summer months.
Spencer Pigot is latest driver to crack the top-three of the EFCN Driver Rankings, thanks to a new points total of 10,163. The Floridian has been the driver to beat thus far in the USF2000 Championship, and that continued this past month. In his lone outing behind the wheel, the Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing star added an oval win to his resume, scoring an impressive victory (1042 pts) at Lucas Oil Raceway during the Night Before the 500 event. Add in a win at Sebring (1032 pts) and two wins (1034 pts) on the streets of St. Petersburg, Pigot is not only on a potential championship-winning run, but positioned to continue climbing the driver rankings leaderboard.
Completing the top-five in the June edition of the 2012 EFCN Driver Rankings is Indy Lights rookie leader Tristan Vautier and Star Mazda Championship standout Connor De Phillippi. Despite dropping two places, Vautier still enjoyed a strong month of action in his Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry, finishing third (1025 pts) at Indy and fifth (981 pts) in Detroit. De Phillippi had an even better month, dominating the Star Mazda race at Lucas Oil Raceway to win (1017 pts) back-to-back Night Before the 500 races on the short oval.
Other drivers of note in the latest edition of the 2012 EFCN Driver Rankings are Robert La Rocca (HP-Tech Motorsports), the top F2000 Championship Series racer (up one place to eighth – 10,020 pts); Brandon Newey (Bryan Herta Autosport), the top F1600 Formula F Championship Series racer (up seven positions to 23rd - 9,651 pts); Conner Ford (PR1 Motorsports), the leading Pacific F1600 Championship driver (down seven places to 29th – 9,543 pts); Les Phillips (Phillips Racing), the highest ranked Pacific F2000 Championship racer (up six places to 34th – 9,454 pts); Charles Finelli (Fat Boy Racing/John Walko Racing), the leading Atlantic Championship Series driver (up three places to 57th - 8806 pts) ; and Brandon Dixon (Citation Engineering), the inaugural F1000 Championship Series leader (153 place - 3,664).
The "Hard Charger" among the top 50 in the June edition of the 2012 eFormulaCarNews.com Driver Rankings is three-way tie, with Matthew Brabham, Matthew Di Leo, and Brandon Newey all improving seven positions. Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing rookie Brabham is now sixth (10,062 pts), having finished second (1031 pts) in the USF2000 race in Indy. MDL Racing's Di Leo sits 19th (9,697 pts), having taken the checkered flag in eighth (969 pts) in the USF2000 race at Lucas Oil Raceway. Bryan Herta Autosport rookie Newey had a great run in the F1600 Formula F Championship doubleheader at Lime Rock Park, finishing second (962 pts) in race one, and winning (972 pts) race two to end the month in eighth (10,020 pts).
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EFCN Driver Rankings Top-50
June 15, 2012
|1||0||Esteban Guerrieri||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||15||10295|
|2||1||Gustavo Yacaman||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||15||10205|
|3||1||Spencer Pigot||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||18||10163|
|4||-2||Tristan Vautier||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||13||10153|
|5||0||Connor De Phillippi||Star Mazda||Juncos Racing||13||10082|
|6||7||Matthew Brabham||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||11||10062|
|7||0||Victor Carbone||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||15||10026|
|8||1||Robert La Rocca||F2000 Championship||HP-Tech Motorsports||13||10020|
|9||-3||Stefan Wilson||Not Active||N/A||10||9981|
|10||0||Sage Karam||Star Mazda||Andretti Autosport||13||9944|
|11||0||Jorge Goncalvez||Indy Lights||Belardi Auto Racing||14||9918|
|12||0||JV Horto||Indy Lights||Juncos Racing||11||9908|
|13||2||Trent Hindman||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||21||9903|
|14||0||Petri Suvanto||Star Mazda||Team Pelfrey||12||9899|
|15||4||Roman Lagudi||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||17||9844|
|16||1||Tim Minor||F2000 Championship||Ski Motorsports||14||9810|
|17||3||Scott Anderson||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||21||9775|
|18||0||Chris Livengood||F2000 Championship||Work Racing||13||9718|
|19||7||Matthew Di Leo||USF2000||MDL Racing||18||9697|
|20||1||Gustavo Menezes||Star Mazda||Team Pelfrey||13||9690|
|21||2||Duarte Ferreira||Not Active||N/A||10||9679|
|22||2||Shelby Blackstock||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||21||9670|
|23||7||Brandon Newey||F1600 Championship||Bryan Herta Autosport||14||9651|
|24||3||Anders Krohn||Indy Lights||Bryan Herta Autosport||11||9625|
|25||6||Thomas McGregor||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||15||9597|
|26||6||Zach Veach||Star Mazda||Andretti Autosport||14||9587|
|27||8||Timmy Megenbier||USF2000||Afterburner Autosport||12||9576|
|28||5||Tim Paul||F2000 Championship||SMR/GTP Motorsports||14||9551|
|29||-7||Conner Ford||Pacific F1600||PR1 Motorsports||12||9543|
|30||-1||David Ostella||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||14||9540|
|31||3||Juan Piedrahita||Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||12||9530|
|32||5||Luigi Biangardi||USF2000||ArmsUp Motorsports||14||9484|
|33||10||Joe Colasacco||F1600 Championship/USF2000||Auriana Racing||12||9465|
|34||6||Les Phillips||Pacific F2000||Phillips Racing||14||9454|
|35||-10||Kyle Connery||F2000 Championship||CC Motorsport||11||9447|
|36||44||Wyatt Gooden||F2000 Championship||Quantum Racing Services||10||9414|
|37||2||Sebastian Ordonez||Not Active||N/A||10||9393|
|38||0||Colin Thompson||USF2000/F1600 Championship||Belardi Auto Racing/TTO Motorsports||15||9375|
|39||2||Carlos Linares||Star Mazda||Linares Racing||13||9341|
|40||2||Peter West||Pacific F2000||Dave Freitas Racing||14||9326|
|41||3||Danilo Estrela||Skip Barber||N/A||10||9301|
|42||4||Luca Forgeois||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||16||9291|
|43||69||Bobby Kelley||Pacific F2000||Dave Freitas Racing||10||9241|
|44||8||Neil Alberico||USF2000||JDC MotorSports||11||9233|
|45||5||Jason Wolfe||USF2000||JAY Motorsports||17||9126|
|46||1||Art Foster||F1600 Championship||Art Foster Racing||10||9122|
|47||38||Steve Oseth||F1600 Championship||DBM Racing||10||9103|
|48||-3||Jerimy Daniel||Star Mazda||The Racing Company||10||9094|
|49||1||Craig Clawson||F2000 Championship||Clawson Motorsports||11||9077|
|50||4||Zac Silver||USF2000||JDC MotorSports||11||8976|
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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, F2000 Championship Series, Pacific F2000 Championship, USF2000 Championship, F1000 Championship Series, 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.