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EFCN Driver Rankings - April 14

Matthew Brabham takes over the top spot in the EFCN Driver Rankings to start 2013 with three wins (Photo: Pro Mazda Championship - John Hendrick)
Matthew Brabham takes over the top spot in the EFCN Driver Rankings to start 2013 with three wins
(Photo: Pro Mazda Championship - John Hendrick)

The chase for top honors in the 2013 the pro junior formula car ranks in North America is now underway. That being the case, it is time to reveal the first edition of this year's eFormulaCarNews.com Driver Rankings.

Rising talent Matthew Brabham leads the way to begin the 2013 campaign, with the third-generation racer moving up one spot from his final place in the standings spot last season thanks to a points tally of 10,348. The Floridian, who is racing in the Pro Mazda Championship this year, benefits not only from his title-winning effort in last year's USF2000 Championship, but also his a strong start to the season in his Andretti Autosport entry. Brabham, having finished third (997 pts) in the season-opener at the Circuit of The Americas, followed that up with a win (1017 pts) in race two of the Texas doubleheader, before sweeping (1027 pts) the St. Petersburg, Fla., street circuit twin bill. If Brabham keeps the momentum going on the upcoming oval rounds, he is poised to remain at the top of the EFCN Driver Rankings.

Matthew Brabham Ė Boca Raton, Florida
Pro Mazda Championship Ė Andretti Autosport
EFCN Driver Rankings Points Breakdown

USF2000 - Indy2nd1031
USF2000 - Mid-Ohio3rd1039
USF2000 - Road America1st1050
USF2000 - Road America1st1051
USF2000 - Road America3rd1029
USF2000 - Baltimore2nd1036
USF2000 - Baltimore1st1041
Pro Mazda - COTA1st1017
Pro Mazda - St. Pete1st1027
Pro Mazda - St. Pete1st1027

The top of the standings not only features two new names to start the year, but also two Mazda Road to Indy scholarship winners, with the 2012 Star Mazda champion Jack Hawksworth now P2 with 10,336 pts. The English driver made an impression last season, and appears poised to further strengthen his position in the North American junior formula car ranks with two impressive outings to start the 2013 Indy Lights title chase. Hawksworth enjoyed an ideal launch to his rookie season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, capturing the win (1048 pts) on the streets of St. Petersburg, and following that up with a runner-up finish (1048 pts) at Barber Motorsports Park. Should he continue to challenge for top honors as the season progresses, it will make for an entertaining fight for the top spot on the driver rankings.

Spencer Pigot makes it three highly-regarded up-and-comers at the pointy end of the first EFCN Driver Rankings of 2013, with a revised points score of 10,294. While the Floridian now longer holds the P1 place in the standings, he has still enjoyed a strong start to his inaugural Pro Mazda Championship season with Team Pelfrey. Pigot commenced the title chase with a runner-up finish (1007 pts) at the Circuit of The Americas, and promptly rebounded from uncharacteristic race two result with a pair of fourth place (996 pts) finishes in St. Petersburg. With many expecting the American to be in the title hunt all season-long, it remains to be seen if he can regain the top spot in the rankings.

Completing the top-five in the first edition of the 2013 EFCN Driver Rankings is Pro Mazda Championship rookie Scott Anderson and Indy Lights rookie Sage Karam. Driving for Juncos Racing, Anderson has finished among the top-eight in the opening four races, highlighted by a fourth (987 pts) in race two of the season-opening Texas doubleheader. Joining forces with multiple champion Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Karam is off a strong start as he moves up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, finishing third (1027 pts) in the opening round in St. Petersburg, and following that up with a fourth (1027 pts) at Barber.

Other drivers of note in the inaugural edition of the 2013 EFCN Driver Rankings are Scott Hargrove (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing), the leading USF2000 Championship racer (up 20 places to ninth - 10,101 pts); Niki Coello (Coello Racing), the top F2000 Championship Series driver (up one place to 20th Ė 9,870 pts); Bobby Kelley (Dave Freitas Racing), the highest Pacific F2000 Championship racer (up two positions to 37th - 9,578 pts); Jeremy Grenier (Ski Motorsports), the leading F1600 Formula F Championship Series driver (down one position to 44th - 9,438 pts); and Les Phillips (Swiss Racing), the top Pacific F1600 Championship driver (down two places to 55th Ė 9,241 pts).

The "Hard Charger" among the top 50 in the first edition of the 2013 eFormulaCarNews.com Driver Rankings is Jesse Lazare, who improved 147 places. The Pabst Racing Services Racing rookie is now 35th (9,611 pts), after strong showings in the USF2000-backed Winterfest Series and the start of the USF2000 Championship. Lazare earned five top-10s in the off-season championship, including third (976 pts) in the finale at Palm Beach International Raceway, and kept up the momentum when the regular season got underway, earning a fourth (998 pts) in race two of the Sebring opener, before a fourth (999 pts) and third (1004 pts) in St. Petersburg.

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EFCN Driver Rankings Top-50
April 14, 2013

11Matthew BrabhamPro MazdaAndretti Autosport1410348
21Jack HawksworthIndy LightsSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1410336
3-2Spencer PigotPro MazdaTeam Pelfrey1410294
41Scott AndersonPro MazdaJuncos Racing1510246
55Sage KaramIndy LightsSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1510196
63Gabby ChavesIndy LightsSchmidt Peterson Motorsports1510188
7-3Esteban GuerrieriNot Active1010160
812Carlos MunozIndy LightsAndretti Autosport1110134
920Scott HargroveUSF2000Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing1710101
106Neil AlbericoUSF2000Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing2210075
110Robert La RoccaRacing Abroad1310065
12-4Connor De PhillippiNot Active1310064
1314Diego FerreiraPro MazdaJuncos Racing1710062
141Wyatt GoodenUSF2000Afterburner Autosport2010055
15-8Matthew Di LeoIndy LightsMDL Racing1610025
16-4Gustavo YacamanNot Active109991
175Shelby BlackstockPro MazdaAndretti Autosport149980
18-1Victor CarboneIndy LightsTeam Moore Racing109933
190Petri SuvantoPro MazdaTeam Pelfrey179930
201Niki CoelloF2000 ChampionshipCoello Racing139870
2165Garett GristUSF2000Andretti Autosport189795
2214Zach VeachIndy LightsAndretti Autosport159779
23-10Trent HindmanNot Active109774
247Brandon NeweyUSF2000Afterburner Autosport/Bryan Herta Autosport159767
257Kevin KoppF2000 ChampionshipWISKO Race Engineering159742
2611Tim MinorF2000 ChampionshipSki Motorsports139721
273Gustavo MenezesRacing Abroad139720
28-4Oliver WebbNot Active109701
29-3David OstellaNot Active109692
3010Jorge GoncalvezIndy LightsBelardi Auto Racing119683
31-3Juan PiedrahitaPro MazdaJDC MotorSports179655
326Juan Pablo GarciaIndy LightsTeam Moore Racing129646
330Matias KoykkaNot Active119624
341Colin ThompsonNot Active149618
35147Jesse LazareUSF2000Pabst Racing Services129611
3614Stefan RzadzinskiUSF2000JDC MotorSports169607
372Bobby KelleyPacific F2000Dave Freitas Racing109578
38-15Martin ScuncioPro MazdaJuncos Racing129529
3913Jason WolfeUSF2000Pabst Racing Services209506
404Zach CraigoF2000 ChampionshipFront Range Motorsports139504
410Tim PaulF2000 Championship/USF2000ArmsUp Motorsports/Screaming Monkey Racing 199503
420Chris LivengoodF2000 ChampionshipWork Racing129479
433Bruno PalliNot Active149457
44-1Jeremy GrenierF1600 ChampionshipSki Motorsports129438
4513Kyle ConneryF2000 ChampionshipCC Autosport129434
4621Zack MeyerPro MazdaJDC MotorSports179429
4713Henrik FurusethUSF2000PRL Motorsports139375
48-3Ashley FreibergNot Active139358
49-2Conner FordNot Active109353
504RC EnersonUSF2000ZSports/Team E Racing199338

For full Driver Rankings Click Here

Previous EFCN Driver Rankings available HERE

EFCN Driver Rankings Calculation Process

The EFCN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driverís best finishes in the pro junior formula car series raced in North America (Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship, USF2000 Championship, F2000 Championship Series, Pacific F2000 Championship, F1600 Formula F Championship Series, and Pacific F1600 Championship). Assembled using events from the last 12 months, we use a driverís 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, F1600 Championship has a base ranking of 9, while the Pacific F2000 and 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 driverís final point total from each event. Using a driverís best 10 races, we calculate each driverís overall score and subsequent ranking.
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