|April 18, 2013 News
|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)
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 – Boca Raton, Florida
Pro Mazda Championship – Andretti Autosport
EFCN Driver Rankings Points Breakdown
|USF2000 - Indy||2nd||1031|
|USF2000 - Mid-Ohio||3rd||1039|
|USF2000 - Road America||1st||1050|
|USF2000 - Road America||1st||1051|
|USF2000 - Road America||3rd||1029|
|USF2000 - Baltimore||2nd||1036|
|USF2000 - Baltimore||1st||1041|
|Pro Mazda - COTA||1st||1017|
|Pro Mazda - St. Pete||1st||1027|
|Pro Mazda - St. Pete||1st||1027|
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 – 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 – 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
|1||1||Matthew Brabham||Pro Mazda||Andretti Autosport||14||10348|
|2||1||Jack Hawksworth||Indy Lights||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||14||10336|
|3||-2||Spencer Pigot||Pro Mazda||Team Pelfrey||14||10294|
|4||1||Scott Anderson||Pro Mazda||Juncos Racing||15||10246|
|5||5||Sage Karam||Indy Lights||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||15||10196|
|6||3||Gabby Chaves||Indy Lights||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||15||10188|
|7||-3||Esteban Guerrieri||Not Active||10||10160|
|8||12||Carlos Munoz||Indy Lights||Andretti Autosport||11||10134|
|9||20||Scott Hargrove||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||17||10101|
|10||6||Neil Alberico||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||22||10075|
|11||0||Robert La Rocca||Racing Abroad||13||10065|
|12||-4||Connor De Phillippi||Not Active||13||10064|
|13||14||Diego Ferreira||Pro Mazda||Juncos Racing||17||10062|
|14||1||Wyatt Gooden||USF2000||Afterburner Autosport||20||10055|
|15||-8||Matthew Di Leo||Indy Lights||MDL Racing||16||10025|
|16||-4||Gustavo Yacaman||Not Active||10||9991|
|17||5||Shelby Blackstock||Pro Mazda||Andretti Autosport||14||9980|
|18||-1||Victor Carbone||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||10||9933|
|19||0||Petri Suvanto||Pro Mazda||Team Pelfrey||17||9930|
|20||1||Niki Coello||F2000 Championship||Coello Racing||13||9870|
|21||65||Garett Grist||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||18||9795|
|22||14||Zach Veach||Indy Lights||Andretti Autosport||15||9779|
|23||-10||Trent Hindman||Not Active||10||9774|
|24||7||Brandon Newey||USF2000||Afterburner Autosport/Bryan Herta Autosport||15||9767|
|25||7||Kevin Kopp||F2000 Championship||WISKO Race Engineering||15||9742|
|26||11||Tim Minor||F2000 Championship||Ski Motorsports||13||9721|
|27||3||Gustavo Menezes||Racing Abroad||13||9720|
|28||-4||Oliver Webb||Not Active||10||9701|
|29||-3||David Ostella||Not Active||10||9692|
|30||10||Jorge Goncalvez||Indy Lights||Belardi Auto Racing||11||9683|
|31||-3||Juan Piedrahita||Pro Mazda||JDC MotorSports||17||9655|
|32||6||Juan Pablo Garcia||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||12||9646|
|33||0||Matias Koykka||Not Active||11||9624|
|34||1||Colin Thompson||Not Active||14||9618|
|35||147||Jesse Lazare||USF2000||Pabst Racing Services||12||9611|
|36||14||Stefan Rzadzinski||USF2000||JDC MotorSports||16||9607|
|37||2||Bobby Kelley||Pacific F2000||Dave Freitas Racing||10||9578|
|38||-15||Martin Scuncio||Pro Mazda||Juncos Racing||12||9529|
|39||13||Jason Wolfe||USF2000||Pabst Racing Services||20||9506|
|40||4||Zach Craigo||F2000 Championship||Front Range Motorsports||13||9504|
|41||0||Tim Paul||F2000 Championship/USF2000||ArmsUp Motorsports/Screaming Monkey Racing ||19||9503|
|42||0||Chris Livengood||F2000 Championship||Work Racing||12||9479|
|43||3||Bruno Palli||Not Active||14||9457|
|44||-1||Jeremy Grenier||F1600 Championship||Ski Motorsports||12||9438|
|45||13||Kyle Connery||F2000 Championship||CC Autosport||12||9434|
|46||21||Zack Meyer||Pro Mazda||JDC MotorSports||17||9429|
|47||13||Henrik Furuseth||USF2000||PRL Motorsports||13||9375|
|48||-3||Ashley Freiberg||Not Active||13||9358|
|49||-2||Conner Ford||Not Active||10||9353|
|50||4||RC Enerson||USF2000||ZSports/Team E Racing||19||9338|
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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, 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 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, 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 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.