|August 10, 2012 News
|EFCN Driver Rankings - August 5
| Esteban Guerrieri continued his fine run of form in the EFCN Driver Rankings by adding another podium finish to his tally|
As drivers across North America begin their pushes for championship title, the chase for the year-end top honors in the 2012 EFCN Driver Rankings is also in full swing. So now is the ideal time to reveal who is where in the August edition of the standings.
Esteban Guerrieri continues his place at the top of the point charts, thanks to a revised total of 10,241 points. The Argentinean, who has held the P1 position since the start of the 2012 rankings, once again enjoyed good runs behind the wheel in his two Indy Lights outings over the past month. Piloting his Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry, Guerrieri first added another podium finish to his growing resume with a third place (1019 pts) in Edmonton, before finishing a strong fourth (1009 pts) on the prestigious street circuit in Trois-Rivieres, Que. It is, however, his wins at the Iowa Speedway (1037 pts), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1045 pts), and on the streets of Long Beach (1037 pts) that continuing to propel the Indy Lights title contender to the top of the EFCN Driver rankings.
Esteban Guerrieri – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Indy Lights – Sam Schmidt Motorsports
EFCN Driver Rankings Points Breakdown
|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|
|Indy Lights - Milwaukee||3rd||1009|
|Indy Lights - Iowa||1st||1037|
|Indy Lights - Edmonton||3rd||1019|
|Indy Lights - Trois-Rivieres||4th||1009|
There is new No. 2 man in the rankings, as thanks to a superb 2012 season thus far, Spencer Pigot now has a points tally of 10,226. The Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing star has been the driver to watch and beat in the USF2000 Championship, with victories at Sebring (1032 pts), St. Petersburg (1034 pts twice), and Indianapolis (1042 pts) before this month began. Pigot recently kept up his winning ways following the summer break, with yet another win (1060 pts) in race one of the Mid-Ohio doubleheader. If the American continues to stand on the top-step of the podium, ending the year as the top racer in the rankings is definitely not out of the question.
Holding station in third in the latest edition of EFCN Driver rankings is Tristan Vautier, with a new points total of 10,204. The French Indy Lights rookie likewise showcased his skills this past month. After what was for the Sam Schmidt Motorsports racer an 'off'' weekend in Edmonton - where he finished sixth (988 pts) - Vautier dominated the recent Trois-Rivieres event, scoring his third win (1040 pts) of the year, joining his previous successes in St. Petersburg (1031 pts) and the Milwaukke Mile (1029 pts). Vautier is more than likely going to be part of the mix for top honors when the final rankings are calculated.
Completing the top-five in the August edition of the 2012 EFCN Driver Rankings is Indy Lights multiple race winner Gustavo Yacaman and USF2000 Championship rookie standout Matthew Brabham. Team Moore Racing's Yacaman, who dropped two position in the standings, had mixed results in his two outings over the past month, highlighted by a runner-up finish (1030 pts) in Trois-Rivieres. Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing's Brabham, who gained two places, impressed in race one of the Mid-Ohio doubleheader, storming back from a pre-race penalty to finish third (1039 pts) prior to an incident in race two.
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 and series leader (down one place in ninth – 10,0034 pts); Brandon Newey (Bryan Herta Autosport), the top F1600 Formula F Championship Series racer and championship leader (down three positions to 25th - 9,701 pts); Conner Ford (PR1 Motorsports), the leading Pacific F1600 Championship driver and series leader (down five places to 33rd – 9,543 pts); Les Phillips (Phillips Racing), the highest ranked Pacific F2000 Championship racer (down six places to 37th – 9,454 pts); Charles Finelli (Fat Boy Racing/John Walko Racing), the leading Atlantic Championship Series driver (down 11 places to 57th - 8,950 pts); and RC Enerson (ZSports/Team E Racing), the top F1000 Championship Series driver (up 24 positions to 79th - 8,053 pts).
The "Hard Charger" among the top 50 in the August edition of the 2012 eFormulaCarNews.com Driver Rankings is Jack Hawksworth, who improved 58 places. The Team Pelfrey rookie is now seventh (10,074 pts), thanks an impressive debut campaign in the Star Mazda Championship. This past month, Hawksworth further added to his series lead with a win (1024 pts) in race one of the Trois-Rivieres doubleheader.
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EFCN Driver Rankings Top-50
August 5, 2012
|1||0||Esteban Guerrieri||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||14||10241|
|2||2||Spencer Pigot||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||17||10226|
|3||0||Tristan Vautier||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||13||10204|
|4||-2||Gustavo Yacaman||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||14||10195|
|5||2||Matthew Brabham||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||13||10134|
|6||3||Sage Karam||Star Mazda||Andretti Autosport||15||10096|
|7||58||Jack Hawksworth||Star Mazda||Team Pelfrey||12||10074|
|8||-2||Victor Carbone||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||14||10067|
|9||-1||Robert La Rocca||F2000 Championship||HP-Tech Motorsports||13||10034|
|10||-5||Connor De Phillippi||Star Mazda||Juncos Racing||15||10009|
|10||1||Trent Hindman||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||19||10009|
|12||52||Sebastian Saavedra||Indy Lights||AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport||10||9980|
|13||1||Scott Anderson||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||19||9971|
|14||53||Gabby Chaves||Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||12||9961|
|15||-2||Roman Lagudi||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||17||9933|
|16||-6||Petri Suvanto||Star Mazda||Team Pelfrey||16||9898|
|17||16||Wyatt Gooden||F2000 Championship||Quantum Racing Services||12||9874|
|18||36||Martin Scuncio||Star Mazda||Juncos Racing||12||9852|
|19||-2||Matthew Di Leo||USF2000||MDL Racing||17||9837|
|20||-8||Jorge Goncalvez||Indy Lights||Belardi Auto Racing||13||9794|
|21||-1||Shelby Blackstock||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||19||9778|
|22||-7||Tim Minor||F2000 Championship||Ski Motorsports||14||9757|
|23||-7||Oliver Webb||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||12||9726|
|24||-6||Juan Piedrahita||Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||16||9717|
|25||-3||Brandon Newey||F1600 Championship||Bryan Herta Autosport||14||9701|
|26||-5||Zach Veach||Star Mazda||Andretti Autosport||18||9698|
|27||-8||David Ostella||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||13||9652|
|28||4||Colin Thompson||USF2000/F1600 Championship||Belardi Auto Racing/TTO Motorsports||21||9640|
|29||-6||Gustavo Menezes||Star Mazda||Team Pelfrey||15||9628|
|30||-5||Thomas McGregor||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||13||9616|
|31||-7||Chris Livengood||F2000 Championship||Work Racing||13||9586|
|32||-6||Tim Paul||F2000 Championship||SMR/GTP Motorsports||14||9580|
|33||-5||Conner Ford||Pacific F1600||PR1 Motorsports||12||9543|
|34||-4||Luigi Biangardi||USF2000||ArmsUp Motorsports||14||9541|
|35||41||Juan Pablo Garcia||Indy Lights||Jeffrey Mark Motorsport||10||9474|
|36||38||Diego Ferreira||Star Mazda||Juncos Racing||12||9458|
|37||-6||Les Phillips||Pacific F2000||Phillips Racing||14||9454|
|38||37||Kevin Kopp||F2000 Championship||WISKO F2000||10||9422|
|39||39||Niki Coello||F2000 Championship||Afterburner Autosport||10||9408|
|40||0||Neil Alberico||USF2000||JDC MotorSports||13||9379|
|41||36||Jeremy Grenier||F1600 Championship||Ski Motorsports||10||9351|
|42||-8||Peter West||Pacific F2000||Dave Freitas Racing||14||9326|
|43||-8||Art Foster||F1600 Championship||Art Foster Racing||12||9314|
|44||-7||Luca Forgeois||USF2000||Belardi Auto Racing||15||9313|
|45||-7||Bobby Kelley||Pacific F2000||Dave Freitas Racing||10||9241|
|46||-4||Steve Oseth||F1600 Championship||DBM Racing||12||9225|
|47||-8||Joe Colasacco||F1600 Championship/USF2000||Auriana Racing||10||9201|
|48||37||Ashley Freiberg||Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||12||9199|
|49||-6||Jason Wolfe||USF2000||JAY Motorsports||19||9179|
|50||-14||Carlos Linares||Star Mazda||Linares Racing||14||9165|
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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.