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July 14, 2009 News
EFCN Driver Rankings - July 14, 2009

J.R. Hildebrand is the new No. 1 driver in the EFCN Driver Rankings following a win at Watkins Glen and a runner-up finish in Toronto (Photo: Indy Lights - Chris Jones)
J.R. Hildebrand is the new No. 1 driver in the EFCN Driver Rankings following a win at Watkins Glen and a runner-up finish in Toronto
(Photo: Indy Lights - Chris Jones)

With many of the North American pro junior formula car race series passing the halfway mark, we are now ready to reveal the July edition of the eFormulaCarNews.com Driver Rankings.

The latest edition of the EFCN Driver Rankings was generated featuring races through the weekend of (July 11-12), resulting in a new driver in the No. 1 position.

Indy Lights championship leader J.R. Hildebrand, having steadily worked his way up the charts over the past few months, is the new No. 1 driver in the EFCN Driver Rankings. The Andretti Green Racing/AFS Racing driver takes over the top spot with a new record points total of 10188. The Californian generated the impressive score thanks in large part to a win at the historic Watkins Glen International road course and a runner-up finish on the streets of Toronto.

Jonathan Summerton, the former No. 1 ranked driver, having held the position for three months, is now second in the standings with a points score of 10178. That is the same total as one month ago, as the Floridian has not raced over the past four weeks due to funding issues. He is expected to return to cockpit at Lime Rock Park with Newman Wachs Racing.

Peter Dempsey remains in third place in the EFCN Driver Rankings, with continued strong showings in the Star Mazda Championship, resulting a points total of 10118. The Irishman, who is the current Star Mazda Championship points leader, made the switch to Juncos Racing this past month and promptly finished fourth at the Milwaukee Mile, before scoring the team's inaugural win at the Iowa Speedway.

Completing the top-five in the July edition of the EFCN Driver Rankings are Indy Lights race pilots James Hinchcliffe and James Davison. Hinchcliffe (Sam Schmidt Motorsports) returns to the top-five after a one-month absence, garnering a points total of 10030 via in large part to third place finishes at the Iowa Speedway and on streets of Toronto. Davison (Vision Racing) enters the top-five for the first time, following top-10 finishes in Iowa (10th), Watkins Glen (2nd) and Toronto (5th).

Other drivers of note in the July edition of the EFCN Driver Rankings are Remy Audette (Audette Racing), the new leading F2000 Championship Series driver (advancing four positions to 13th - 9807 pts); Kyle Marcelli, the top Skip Barber National driver (falling five spots to 17th - 9760 pts); Giancarlo Vilarinho (EuroInternational), the top Formula BMW Americas driver (moving up one spot to 34th - 9238 pts); and Robert Podlesni (Dave Freitas Racing), the top Pacific F2000 Championship driver (advancing six places to 39th Ė 9120 pts).

The "Hard Charger" for the month of July is Sergey Mokshantsev (Brian Stewart Racing), who advanced 77 points during the month. The Russian now has a points total of 6950, earning the Indy Lights driver the 95th place in the standings.

To discuss the EFCN Driver Rankings please the official discussion thread located HERE

EFCN Driver Rankings Top-20
July 14, 2009

13J.R. HildebrandIndy LightsAndretti Green Racing/AFS Racing1610188
2-1Jonathan SummertonAtlantic/LightsGenoa/RLR/Andersen1810178
30Peter DempseyStar MazdaJuncos Racing1610118
43James HinchcliffeIndy LightsSam Schmidt Motorsports1710030
54James DavisonIndy LightsVision Racing1510018
62Alex ArdoinStar MazdaJDC MotorSports189973
7-2John EdwardsAtlanticNewman Wachs Racing139966
8-6Ana BeatrizIndy LightsSam Schmidt Motorsports149952
9-3Joel MillerStar MazdaAndersen Racing149949
103Anders KrohnStar MazdaMundill149892
113Conor DalyStar MazdaAndersen Racing179861
127Daniel HerringtonIndy LightsBryan Herta Autosport159809
134Remy AudetteF2000 ChampionshipAudette Racing119807
141Chris MillerF2000 ChampionshipJDC MotorSports159798
153Ciao LaraStar MazdaJDC MotorSports169777
16-6Markus NiemelaAtlanticNewman Wachs Racing129766
17-5Kyle MarcelliSkip BarberN/A149760
1849Wade CunninghamIndy LightsSam Schmidt Motorsports129732
19-8Junior StrousIndy LightsWinners Circle Group 139718
20-4Simona De SilvestroAtlanticTeam Stargate Worlds129709

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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, Atlantic Championship, Star Mazda Championship, F2000 Championship Series, Pacific F2000 Championship, Formula BMW Americas and Skip Barber National). 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 the initial driver rankings, which is based on race results from the 2008 race season, Indy Lights and Atlantic were given a base ranking of 9.4, Star Mazda was placed with a 9.2 score, F2000 Championshipís base ranking is 9, Skip Barber National has a ranking of 8.9, Formula BMWís ranking is 8.9 and Pacific F2000ís base ranking is 8.7.

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 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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