|October 22, 2010 News
|EFCN Driver Rankings - October 17
| Conor Daly ended his double championship-winning season by finishing P1 in the EFCN Driver Rankings|
(Photo: Star Mazda Championship - Eric McCombs)
With the pro junior formula car seasons now complete in North America, it is time to unveil the final EFCN Driver Rankings of 2010, and see how everyone stacks up after a full-year behind the wheels.
Conor Daly, having enjoyed a stellar season in the Star Mazda Championship ranks – winning two titles, tying the series record for wins in a season, and setting new season marks for podiums and pole positions – ends 2010 as the No. 1 racer in the EFCN Driver Rankings via 10363 points. The Juncos Racing star from Indiana completed his double championship-winning campaign much like he started it back in March, challenging for top honors at Road Atlanta, before eventually taking the checkered flag in third place (1020 pts). The podium finish not only gave Daly yet another 1000+ score – a perfect 13 for 13 in 2010 – but secured his place at the top of the EFCN Driver Rankings come season’s end. The only thing now awaiting his fans and supporters is where he will race in 2011.
Conor Daly - Noblesville, IN
Star Mazda Championship
EFCN Driver Rankings Points Breakdown
|Star Mazda – Sebring||3rd||1019|
|Star Mazda – St. Petersburg||1st||1039|
|Star Mazda – Laguna Seca||1st||1030|
|Star Mazda – ORP||1st||1033|
|Star Mazda – Iowa||1st||1030|
|Star Mazda – Autobahn 1||3rd||1028|
|Star Mazda – Autobahn 2||1st||1050|
|Star Mazda – Road America||1st||1057|
|Star Mazda – Mosport||1st||1057|
|Star Mazda – Road Atlanta||3rd||1020|
J.K. Vernay might have been a relative unknown when the 2010 season got underway, but that certainly is the not case now, as the talented French racer ends the season P2 on the EFCN Driver Rankings with 10340 points. While the Sam Schmidt Motorsports standout did not score the result he desired – 15th place - in the season-finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, his wins at St. Petersburg (1037 pts), Barber Motorsports Park (1032 pts), Watkins Glen International (1051 pts), Toronto (1050 pts), and Infineon Raceway (1043 pts) were more than enough to propel him to the Indy Lights title and second place in the EFCN Driver Rankings in his inaugural season of North American racing.
Like the two drivers ahead of him on the point charts, James Hinchcliffe enjoyed a superb season behind the wheel, culminating in third place in the rankings with 10301 points. The Team Moore Racing pilot ended his 2010 championship runner-up season in fine form, finishing second at Homestead (1045 pts). While yet another 1000+ score wasn’t quite enough to advance him up the rankings, the Canadian has further indicated he is worthy of a place in the upper echelon of North American racing.
Completing the top-five in the October and final edition of the 2010 EFCN Driver Rankings are Star Mazda standout Anders Krohn and Indy Lights front-runner Charlie Kimball. Krohn ended his season with a second place finish at Road Atlanta (1031 pts), giving the Andersen Racing driver second place in the championship fight. Kimball had a less enjoyable end to his campaign, as the AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport racer finished 13th at Homestead finale (929 pts).
Other drivers of note in the October edition of the 2010 EFCN Driver Rankings are Victor Carbone (Alegra Motorsports), the F2000 Championship Series champion (no change in eighth – 1011 pts); Sage Karam (Andretti Autosport), the USF2000 National Championship title winner (up two spots to 24th – 9695 pts); Felix Serralles, the leading Skip Barber National driver (up three positions to 27th – 9665 pts); Scott Rarick (PR1 Motorsports), the Pacific F2000 Championship champion (up four places to 35th – 9516 pts); and Scott Rettich (HIPPI Racing), the top Formula Enterprises Pro Series racer (down six spots to 50th – 9259 pts).
The "Hard Charger" among the top 100 in the October edition of the eFormulaCarNews.com Driver Rankings is Patrick McKenna, who advanced 37 places during the month. The USF2000 National Championship runner-up is now ranked 32nd with 9529 points. The Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver enjoyed a solid end to his inaugural North America race season, taking home a podium finish (954 pts) in race one of the Road Atlanta season-finale doubleheader, and fifth place (934 pts) in race two.
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EFCN Driver Rankings Top-50
October 17, 2010
|1||0||Conor Daly||Star Mazda||Juncos Racing||13||10363|
|2||0||J.K. Vernay||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||13||10340|
|3||0||James Hinchcliffe||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||13||10301|
|4||0||Anders Krohn||Star Mazda||Andersen Racing||14||10178|
|5||0||Charlie Kimball||Indy Lights||AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport||13||10126|
|6||0||Martin Plowman||Indy Lights||AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport||13||10096|
|7||2||Connor De Phillippi||Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||13||10073|
|8||0||Victor Carbone||F2000 Championship||Alegra Motorsports||14||10011|
|9||-2||Jorge Goncalvez||Star Mazda||Team Apex Racing||13||10006|
|10||0||Cole Morgan||F2000 Championship||K-Hill/Greisger Motorsports||14||9968|
|11||3||Tristan Vautier||Star Mazda||Andersen Racing||13||9957|
|12||0||Caio Lara||Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||12||9951|
|13||0||Mikael Grenier||Star Mazda||Andersen Racing||12||9936|
|14||4||Joao Horto||Star Mazda||Team Apex Racing||13||9888|
|15||0||Daniel Erickson||F2000 Championship||Primus Racing/Quantum Mechanics||10||9854|
|16||-5||Sebastian Saavedra||Indy Lights||Bryan Herta Autosport||11||9826|
|17||5||Adrian Campos Jr.||Indy Lights||Team Moore Racing||13||9824|
|18||-2||Dan Clarke||Indy Lights||Walker Racing||12||9818|
|19||0||Pippa Mann||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||12||9795|
|20||-3||Stefan Wilson||Indy Lights||Bryan Herta Autosport||11||9795|
|21||2||Philip Major||Indy Lights||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||13||9744|
|22||-2||Phil Lombardi||F2000 Championship||GTP Motorsports||14||9728|
|23||-2||Gustavo Yacaman||Indy Lights||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||13||9719|
|24||2||Sage Karam||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||14||9695|
|25||0||Fabio Orsolon||F2000 Championship||Alegra Motorsports||13||9683|
|26||-2||Rusty Mitchell||Star Mazda||Juncos Racing||13||9672|
|27||3||Felix Serralles||Skip Barber/USF2000/F2000 Championship||Liberty Motorsports/GTP Motorsports||20||9665|
|28||0||Spencer Pigot||Skip Barber||N/A||14||9629|
|29||-2||Keith McCrone||F2000 Championship||R-Sport||14||9609|
|30||5||Nick Andries||Skip Barber/Star Mazda||Andersen Racing||24||9570|
|31||-2||David Ostella||Star Mazda||AIM Autosport||12||9546|
|32||37||Patrick McKenna||USF2000||Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing||11||9529|
|33||-2||Mikhail Goikhberg||USF2000/F2000 Championship/Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||19||9524|
|34||-2||Tim Minor||F2000 Championship||Ski Motorsports||11||9519|
|35||4||Scott Rarick||Pacific F2000||PR1 Motorsports||12||9516|
|36||1||Ashley Freiberg||Skip Barber/Star Mazda||Team GDT||16||9508|
|37||-4||Jonathan Scarallo||F2000 Championship||R-Sport||12||9477|
|38||-4||Isaac Lyons||Skip Barber||N/A||14||9466|
|39||-3||Tatiana Calderon||Star Mazda||Juncos Racing||13||9450|
|40||1||Dennis Trebing||Skip Barber||N/A||14||9446|
|41||-3||Rodrigo Barbosa||Indy Lights||PDM Racing||13||9444|
|42||-2||Chris Livengood||F2000 Championship||Work Racing||13||9414|
|43||2||Zach Veach||USF2000||Andretti Autosport||12||9408|
|44||-1||Chris Miller||Star Mazda||JDC MotorSports||13||9365|
|45||2||David Cheng||Pacific F2000/USF2000||PR1 Motorsports/ZSports Midwest||14||9352|
|46||6||Ira Fierberg||Pacific F2000||Dave Freitas Racing||12||9317|
|47||-1||Bob Negron||Pacific F2000||Negron Racing||12||9311|
|48||0||Miles Maroney||Pacific F2000||PR1 Motorsports||12||9298|
|49||2||Raphael Abbate||USF2000||JDC MotorSports||12||9270|
|50||-6||Scott Rettich||FE Pro Series||Hippi Racing||10||9259|
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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, Star Mazda Championship, F2000 Championship Series, Pacific F2000 Championship, USF2000 National Championship, Formula Enterprises Pro Series and Skip Barber National). 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 2010, Indy Lights were given a base ranking of 9.4, Star Mazda was placed with a 9.2 score, F2000 Championship, USF2000 National Champion have a base ranking of 9, while Pacific F2000 Championship, FE Pro Series and Skip Barber National 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.