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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)
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 – Sebring3rd1019
Star Mazda – St. Petersburg1st1039
Star Mazda – Laguna Seca1st1030
Star Mazda – ORP1st1033
Star Mazda – Iowa1st1030
Star Mazda – Autobahn 13rd1028
Star Mazda – Autobahn 21st1050
Star Mazda – Road America1st1057
Star Mazda – Mosport1st1057
Star Mazda – Road Atlanta3rd1020

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.

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

EFCN Driver Rankings Top-50
October 17, 2010

10Conor DalyStar MazdaJuncos Racing1310363
20J.K. VernayIndy LightsSam Schmidt Motorsports1310340
30James HinchcliffeIndy LightsTeam Moore Racing1310301
40Anders KrohnStar MazdaAndersen Racing1410178
50Charlie KimballIndy LightsAFS Racing/Andretti Autosport1310126
60Martin PlowmanIndy LightsAFS Racing/Andretti Autosport1310096
72Connor De PhillippiStar MazdaJDC MotorSports1310073
80Victor CarboneF2000 ChampionshipAlegra Motorsports1410011
9-2Jorge GoncalvezStar MazdaTeam Apex Racing1310006
100Cole MorganF2000 ChampionshipK-Hill/Greisger Motorsports149968
113Tristan VautierStar MazdaAndersen Racing139957
120Caio LaraStar MazdaJDC MotorSports129951
130Mikael GrenierStar MazdaAndersen Racing129936
144Joao HortoStar MazdaTeam Apex Racing139888
150Daniel EricksonF2000 ChampionshipPrimus Racing/Quantum Mechanics109854
16-5Sebastian SaavedraIndy LightsBryan Herta Autosport119826
175Adrian Campos Jr.Indy LightsTeam Moore Racing139824
18-2Dan ClarkeIndy LightsWalker Racing129818
190Pippa MannIndy LightsSam Schmidt Motorsports129795
20-3Stefan WilsonIndy LightsBryan Herta Autosport119795
212Philip MajorIndy LightsSam Schmidt Motorsports139744
22-2Phil LombardiF2000 ChampionshipGTP Motorsports149728
23-2Gustavo YacamanIndy LightsCape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing139719
242Sage KaramUSF2000Andretti Autosport149695
250Fabio OrsolonF2000 ChampionshipAlegra Motorsports139683
26-2Rusty MitchellStar MazdaJuncos Racing139672
273Felix SerrallesSkip Barber/USF2000/F2000 ChampionshipLiberty Motorsports/GTP Motorsports209665
280Spencer PigotSkip BarberN/A149629
29-2Keith McCroneF2000 ChampionshipR-Sport149609
305Nick AndriesSkip Barber/Star MazdaAndersen Racing249570
31-2David OstellaStar MazdaAIM Autosport129546
3237Patrick McKennaUSF2000Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing119529
33-2Mikhail GoikhbergUSF2000/F2000 Championship/Star MazdaJDC MotorSports199524
34-2Tim MinorF2000 ChampionshipSki Motorsports119519
354Scott RarickPacific F2000PR1 Motorsports129516
361Ashley FreibergSkip Barber/Star MazdaTeam GDT169508
37-4Jonathan ScaralloF2000 ChampionshipR-Sport129477
38-4Isaac LyonsSkip BarberN/A149466
39-3Tatiana CalderonStar MazdaJuncos Racing139450
401Dennis TrebingSkip BarberN/A149446
41-3Rodrigo BarbosaIndy LightsPDM Racing139444
42-2Chris LivengoodF2000 ChampionshipWork Racing139414
432Zach VeachUSF2000Andretti Autosport129408
44-1Chris MillerStar MazdaJDC MotorSports139365
452David ChengPacific F2000/USF2000PR1 Motorsports/ZSports Midwest149352
466Ira FierbergPacific F2000Dave Freitas Racing129317
47-1Bob NegronPacific F2000Negron Racing129311
480Miles MaroneyPacific F2000PR1 Motorsports129298
492Raphael AbbateUSF2000JDC MotorSports129270
50-6Scott RettichFE Pro SeriesHippi Racing109259

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 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.
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