eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings – 2012 Final Standings – Junior Max

Team USA driver Askew earns top spot in Driver Rankings from popular North Florida program

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The 2012 season signaled a partnership between MAXSpeed and eKartingNews.com, bringing about new article series focused on the promotion of the United States Rotax Max Challenge program. Among that was the addition of the eKartingNews.com United States Rotax Driver Rankings. Taking over the USRMC National Point Standings, EKN combined that system with its own ‘Driver Rankings’ formula to create a new program for the 2012 season.

The EKN United States Rotax Driver Rankings tabulates the best six results for each USRMC driver in each of the six Rotax categories, using a weighted point system that increases based on event participation. Now that the season is completed, EKN is happy to highlight the top-10 drivers in each category, while also recognizing the #1 driver in each class heading into the 2013 season.

Junior Max
The Junior Max division continues to stake the claim as the most competitive category in the United States Rotax Max Challenge with a large amount of talented drivers. At the year’s end, 177 drivers contested events in the 2012 season, a strong increase from a year ago. Another statistic to back up the statement is the difference in just the top-10, as they ended the year within 53 points of one another. The top of the Driver Rankings is dominated by North Florida drivers, including four, along with Northeast representing three, and the Northwest Gold Cup promoting two drivers in addition to one Sanzura NorCal driver. New York driver Gavin Reichelt – second place in last years standings – is the only returning driver in 2012.


1. Oliver Askew

Olivier Askew

Olivier Askew

Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
USRMC Series: North Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5659

Born: 12/12/1996
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Ocala Gran Prix
Sponsors: OGP/Tony Kart
Years Karting: 7
Favorite Track: Ocala Gran Prix
2012 Accomplishments: Florida Winter Tour Junior Champion, Florida Karting Championship Series Rotax Junior/TaG Junior Champion
2013 Goals: Lean the race craft of the Senior division and become a more complete driver with technical feedback. Also learning how to race a shifter in Stock Honda as much as possible.

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (3/4) 1 953
North Florida (5/12) 3 928
North Florida (6/9) 1 947
North Florida (9/1) 1 953
North Florida (9/22) 2 946
North Florida (10/6) 6 932

2. Alex Keyes

Alex Keyes

Alex Keyes

Hometown: Folsom, CA
USRMC Series: Sanzaru Games NorCal Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5656

Born: 5/15/1997
Chassis: CRG
Engine Service Center: SwedeTech Racing Engines
Sponsors: crgwest.ca, automotivetools.com; pktaxles.com, kartspeedmotorsports.com
Years Karting: About 5
Favorite Track: Mosport International Karting (Ontario, Canada)
2012 Accomplishments: 1st – Rotax Summer Shootout – Junior Rotax (Saturday Race), Junior Rotax Champion for RLOKC (Sonoma, CA), Qualified 2nd at Rotax Grand Nationals (MRP) – top 10 finish
2013 Goals: Move up to Senior Rotax and be competitive; compete in Europe

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Sanzura NorCal (4/1) 1 933
Sanzura NorCal (5/27) 1 931
MRP (Summer Shootout) 1 964
Sanzura NorCal (9/16) 1 944
Sanzura NorCal (10/14) 1 942
Sanzura NorCal (11/4) 1 942

3. Austin McCusker

Austin McCusker

Austin McCusker

Hometown: Glen Head, New York
USRMC Series: Northeast Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5646

Born: 1/18/98
Chassis: Haase
Engine Service Center: Mike Doty Racing
Sponsors: Freem-USA, DotWorks
Years Karting: 8
Favorite Track: Miller Motorsports Park
2012 Accomplishments: Double win in Komet Jr. Manufacturers Cup Series at Daytona, Northeast Junior Max Champion, New York State Champion, 2nd – New Jersey Sprint Series Komet Jr.
2013 Goals: Place top three at Florida Winter Tour, Top three at Rotax Grand Nationals, Win Manufacturers Cup Series races in Komet Jr. and Yamaha Jr., and finish top three in USPKS

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northeast (4/28) 1 939
Northeast (4/29) 1 942
Northeast (5/19) 2 938
Northeast (5/20) 1 944
Northeast (8/25) 1 947
Northeast (10/13) 1 936

4. Austin Garrison

Austin Garrison

Austin Garrison

Hometown: 
USRMC Series: North Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5637

Born: 8/19/1998
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Ocala Gran Prix
Sponsors: N/A
Years Karting: 9
Favorite Track: USA International Raceway
2012 Accomplishments: Ocala Gran Prix Vice-Champion, 5th – Rotax Grand Nationals
2013 Goals: Qualify for Rotax Grand Finals

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (4/14) 1 958
North Florida (5/12) 2 938
North Florida (7/7) 1 944
North Florida (9/1) 2 943
South Florida (9/29) 2 924
South Florida (9/30) 2 930

5. Jake Preston

Jake Preston

Jake Preston

Hometown: Renton, WA
USRMC Series: Northwest Gold Cup
Points: 5621

Age: 14
Chassis: Kosmic
Engine Service Center: Collins Racing Engines
Sponsors: Dad
Years Karting: 8
Favorite Track: Miller Motorsports Park
2012 Accomplishments: 2012 Northwest Jr. Rotax Champion, Top 10 overall in Gatorz Challenge of the Americas
2013 Goals: Have fun and try to improve my finishes in the Challenge of the Americas. Race the new Can-Am Series and the ##10#122#SKUSA## Pro Tour.

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest (4/29) 3 926
Northwest (5/27) 3 926
Northwest (6/16) 1 939
Northwest (6/30) 1 939
Northwest (7/1) 1 939
Northwest (8/18) 2 952

6. Gavin Reichelt

Gavin Reichelt

Gavin Reichelt

Hometown: Rhinebeck, New York
USRMC Series: Northeast Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5620

Born: May 14, 1998
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Oakland Valley Raceway Park
Sponsors: Mom and Dad, Ruge’s Automotive
Years Karting: 3.5
Favorite Track: Mosport International Karting
2012 Accomplishments: 2nd – Prefinal at US Rotax Grand Nationals, Top-10 at Pan American Challenge, Podium at Florida Winter Tour
2013 Goals: Earn a ticket to the Rotax Grand Finals, win the US Rotax Grand Nationals, participate in Skip Barber Karting Shootout

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northeast (5/19) 1 947
Northeast (5/20) 2 935
MRP (Summer Shootout) 3 945
Northeast (8/25) 2 938
Racing the Rockies (9/9) 1 928
Northeast (10/13) 2 927

7. Brian Lockwood

Brian Lockwood

Brian Lockwood

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
USRMC Series: North Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5616

Born: 1/28/1999
Chassis: Tony Kart EVK
Engine Service Center: Ocala Gran Prix/A-M Engines
Sponsors: Ocala Gran Prix, Parents
Years Karting: 5
Favorite Track: Michiana Raceway Park
2012 Accomplishments: 2nd – Spring-Summer Series Ocala Gran Prix; 3rd – North Florida Rotax Max Challenge; OGP Scholarship to U.S. Rotax Finals
2013 Goals: Podium in every event; Qualify to become part of Team USA to compete in the Rotax Grand Finals

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (4/14) 2 949
North Florida (5/12) 4 919
North Florida (7/7) 4 916
North Florida (9/1) 6 905
North Florida (9/22) 1 956
North Florida (10/6) 2 971

8. Jack Weprin

Jack Weprin

Jack Weprin

Hometown: Chappaqua, New York
USRMC Series: Northeast Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5615

Born: 6/15/1997
Chassis: FA Kart
Engine Service Center: Ogden (USA & UK)
Sponsors: Dotworks
Years Karting: 1.5
Favorite Track: PF International (Grantham, England)
2012 Accomplishments: Made a successful entry into European/UK Racing with Dan Holland Racing (DHR)
2013 Goals: To get a good result in the 2013 Florida Winter Tour and be a podium contender in Europe/UK

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
South Florida (4/14) 3 920
Northeast (4/28) 2 930
OVRP (5/12) 1 922
Northeast (5/19) 3 926
MRP (5/27) 2 930
South Florida (12/1) 2 949
South Florida (12/2) 1 958

9. Kyle Wick

Kyle Wick

Kyle Wick

Hometown: Auburn, Washington
USRMC Series: Northwest Gold Cup
Points: 5614

Age: 13
Chassis: Kosmic
Engine Service Center: CRE (Collins Racing Engines)
Sponsors: Wicked Fabrication, Ault Electric, Byers Custom & Restoration
Years Karting: 7
Favorite Track: Simraceway Performance Karting Center
2012 Accomplishments: 2nd – Northwest Gold Cup, Top-5 at Gatorz Challenge of the Americas (Tucson and CalSpeed), 11 top-5 finishes and 3 wins out of 14 races
2013 Goals: Win Can-Am Rotax championship and finish on the podium at US Rotax Grand Nationals
Comments: Thanks to my Mom, Dad, Grandma, Gary McKay, CRE (Collins Racing Engines), Mike Rolison, the whole RPG team, and all my competitors

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest (4/28) 2 935
Northwest (5/27) 1 944
Northwest (5/28) 1 942
Northwest (6/17) 1 933
Northwest (6/30) 2 930
Northwest (8/19) 4 930

10. Dominic Tesoro

Dominic Tesoro

Dominic Tesoro

Hometown: Plant City, Florida
USRMC Series: North Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5606

Born: 4/27/97
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: AM Engines
Sponsors: Chase Hewitt Motorsports, Enertech Resources
Years Karting: 10
Favorite Track: Michiana Raceway Park
2012 Accomplishments: Raced a lot
2013 Goals: Attend 2013 Rotax Grand Finals and win races

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (3/4) 2 943
MRP (Summer Shootout) 5 925
MRP (Summer Shootout) 4 932
North Florida (10/6) 4 951
MRP at Palm Beach (10/14) 1 925
South Florida (12/2) 4 930

2012 Masters Max Final Driver Rankings

Pos. Driver Races Score USRMC
1. Oliver Askew 9 5659 North Florida
2. Alex Keyes 11 5656 Sanzaru NorCal
3. Austin McCusker 11 5646 Northeast
4. Austin Garrison 11 5637 North Florida
5. Jake Preston 13 5621 Northwest Gold Cup
6. Gavin Reichelt 11 5620 Northeast
7. Brian Lockwood 9 5616 North Florida
8. Jack Weprin 19 5615 Northeast
9. Kyle Wick 12 5614 Northwest Gold Cup
10. Dominic Tesoro 14 5606 North Florida
11. Armin Cavkusic 15 5591 MRP
12. Sebastian Coulson 12 5588 South Florida
13. Brenden Johnson 11 5572 Powerade Carolina
14. Luke Selliken 6 5568 Northwest Gold Cup
15. Will Preston 10 5560 Sanzaru NorCal
16. Quentin DeBoever 10 5549 North Florida
17. Victoria DiGiovanni 18 5545 Northeast
18. Sebastion Sierra 15 5542 North Florida
19. Thomas Issa 11 5542 South Florida
20. Jeremy Doll 13 5537 Northeast
21. Jim McKinney 13 5536 Bondurant PHX
22. Darren Keane 14 5535 South Florida
23. Davey Manthei 12 5534 Northwest Gold Cup
24. Jesse Woodyard 12 5528 Burger King TX
25. Pete Yerkovich Jr. 14 5528 Burger King TX
26. Annie Breidinger 10 5527 Sanzaru NorCal
27. Mike Gutenberger 12 5524 Northwest Gold Cup
28. Nolan Ruocco 13 5517 New York State
29. Jake Boyle 17 5516 Bondurant PHX
30. Michael Ilavia 7 5513 Burger King TX
31. Michael Avansino 8 5494 Sanzaru NorCal
32. Adam Tams 11 5482 MRP
33. Billy Ogle 15 5481 Northeast
34. Connor Jevens 10 5476 Powerade Carolina
35. Cole Franchinni 13 5474 Northwest Gold Cup
36. Jason Dempster 8 5472 Racing the Rockies
37. Marco Eakins 11 5472 Northwest Gold Cup
38. Enzo Prevost 9 5470 Sanzaru NorCal
39. Micah Hendricks 14 5465 Bondurant PHX
40. Ashley Rogero 7 5458 North Florida
41. Christian Cole 7 5455 South Florida
42. Grant Copple 8 5446 Racing the Rockies
43. Ryan Norberg 10 5445 North Florida
44. Alex Noonan 15 5444 Northeast
45. Nathan Adds 12 5440 Dallas Karting Complex
46. McKay Snow 9 5438 Utah
47. Jaden Conwright 9 5435 Sanzaru NorCal
48. Max Nikolof 6 5432 Northeast
49. Ryan Bjerke 6 5426 MRP
50. Becker Reardon 10 5420 MRP
51. Elliot Finlaayson 9 5419 Concept Haulers IL
52. Mason McGinty 15 5415 MRP
53. Patricio O’Ward 6 5414 Pitt Race Karting
54. Juan Correa 6 5411 South Florida
55. Justin Yanez 9 5406 Sanzaru NorCal
56. Colin Russell 8 5404 Southeast Karting Challenge
57. Niko Pagones 14 5400 Northwest Gold Cup
58. Danny Nyman 12 5398 F1 New Jersey
59. Lindsey Freier 9 5384 Racing the Rockies
60. Nick Landi 10 5378 Northeast
61. Sara Houston 17 5372 Bondurant PHX
62. Toni Breidinger 11 5372 Sanzaru NorCal
63. William Myers 8 5368 Jamaica
64. Joey Essma 7 5364 Powerade Carolina
65. Willy Axton 6 5364 Tri-C
66. Darren Gelinas 20 5362 Northeast
67. Austin Wilkins 7 5361 Burger King TX
68. Domencio Lopez 8 5360 South Florida
69. Lindsay Brewer 6 5360 Racing the Rockies
70. Bruno Carneiro 8 5359 Utah
71. Ian Morse 6 5358 Bondurant PHX
72. Justin Taylor 10 5354 Northwest Gold Cup
73. Zak Bothel 10 5354 Northwest Gold Cup
74. Austin Kuehl 8 5350 Bondurant PHX
75. Chase Dow 8 5334 Powerade Carolina
76. Michael McCarthy 6 5333 North Florida
77. Vincent DePalma 7 5331 Bondurant PHX
78. Wilson Skjerven 7 5330 Sanzaru NorCal
79. Zach Pettinicchi 9 5317 Sanzaru NorCal
80. Patrick Hanser 9 5311 Bondurant PHX
81. Nicole Maratto 10 5309 New York State
82. Corrie Hiatt 7 5306 Racing the Rockies
83. Brittney Zamora 12 5301 Northwest Gold Cup
84. Dalton Dow 8 5297 Powerade Carolina
85. Job Kandris 7 5295 Northwest Gold Cup
86. Stefan Beck 7 5295 Northeast
87. Aaron Bass 8 5293 North Florida
88. Rey Ferreyro 7 5290 Burger King TX
89. Grace Humphris 7 5283 MRP
90. Justin Gordon 10 5278 South Florida
91. Sara Metcalf 9 5276 South Florida
92. Kayla Stuart 11 5267 South Florida
93. Andi Small 12 5260 Bondurant PHX
94. Mason Cohen 9 5255 Sanzaru NorCal
95. Bradley Zilisch 6 5241 Powerade Carolina
96. Hunter Folsom 10 5240 North Florida
97. Ronnie Price 6 5239 Burger King TX
98. Matt Maurer 6 5221 MRP
99. Parker Portalaski 8 5220 Southeast Karting Challenge
100. Morgan Healey 9 5214 North Florida
101. Tyler Brown 10 5213 Northwest Gold Cup
102. Laura Shearer 12 5210 Northwest Gold Cup
103. Drew Anderson 8 5197 Bondurant PHX
104. Jonathan Teixeirn 6 5192 Northeast
105. Pierce Dawlett 7 5185 Burger King TX
106. Joe Morton 7 5164 Sanzaru NorCal
107. Anthony Romano 7 5139 Northeast
108. Gabby Scharlach 7 5117 Sanzaru NorCal
109. Bryce Petersen 10 4984 Northwest Gold Cup
110. Sierra Smith 9 4963 North Florida
111. Varun Chioksey 6 4798 North Florida
112. Austin Versteeg 5 4591 NOLA
113. Olivier Bellanger 5 4591 Northwest Gold Cup
114. AJ Myers 5 4531 North Florida
115. Alexander Hornborg 5 4512 North Florida
116. Matt McMurry 5 4506 Bondurant PHX
117. Andy Nish 5 4505 Utah
118. Jesse Krill 5 4468 MRP at Palm Beach
119. Kyle Kirkwood 5 4432 MRP at Palm Beach
120. Jake Graser 5 4395 Racing the Rockies
121. Michael McMahan 5 4352 Racing the Rockies
122. Jeffrey Lampert 5 4291 South Florida
123. Chase Jones 4 3593 MRP
124. Derek Dignon 4 3549 MRP
125. John Pardee 4 3545 Utah
126. David Schorn 4 3538 Sanzaru NorCal
127. John Raymond 4 3527 MRP
128. Alex Sullivan 4 3510 Powerade Carolina
129. Alex Cognac 4 3504 Powerade Carolina
130. Tommy Yerkovich 4 3483 Bondurant PHX
131. Sasha Brun-Wibaux 4 3462 North Florida
132. Brent Curtis 4 3460 Powerade Carolina
133. Trenton Estep 4 3433 Southeast Karting Challenge
134. Hanna Zellers 4 3429 MRP
135. Brendan Cary 4 3420 Bondurant PHX
136. Hunter Bogar 4 3374 Northeast
137. Zach Dante 4 3366 Sanzaru NorCal
138. Rhees Kanemoto 4 3354 Sanzaru NorCal
139. Mikey Hornborg 4 3327 North Florida
140. Kyler Repella 3 2693 Bondurant PHX
141. Ethan Low 3 2682 North Florida
142. Drake Woodard 3 2673 Indy Karting Series
143. Austin Osborne 3 2645 Burger King TX
144. Hunter Brayton 3 2626 MRP
145. Mikey Michoff 3 2619 Sanzaru NorCal
146. Michael Bilyy 3 2616 North Florida
147. Cody Coleton 3 2598 Powerade Carolina
148. Austin Jordan 3 2546 North Florida
149. Matt Keyes 3 2539 Sanzaru NorCal
150. Luis Jose Forteza III 3 2451 South Florida
151. Kyle Anderson 3 2417 North Florida
152. Jake Craig 2 1828 Tri-C
153. Matthew Thomas 2 1821 MRP-Florida
154. Drew Setzer 2 1801 Southeast Karting Challenge
155. Nick Mische 2 1782 Northeast
156. Tyler Cantrell 2 1775 Racing the Rockies
157. Matthew Nelson 2 1769 Northwest Gold Cup
158. Kol Bailey 2 1762 Bondurant PHX
159. Seth Brown 2 1752 Tri-C
160. Kevin Barbesino 2 1750 F1 New Jersey
161. Dallas Presley 2 1749 Burger King TX
162. Naomi Willis 2 1749 MRP
163. Tessa Daniels 2 1748 Northwest Gold Cup
164. Joel Norman 2 1644 Powerade Carolina
165. Matt Nelson 2 1634 Northwest Gold Cup
166. Jesse Seeley 2 1615 North Florida
167. Devin Bowerman 2 1614 South Florida
168. Joseph Terribile 2 1600 South Florida
169. Santino Ferrucci 1 922 Northeast
170. Ryan Nash 1 907 Northeast
171. Lauren Horowitz 1 898 Northeast
172. Sean Conyers 1 893 Bondurant PHX
173. Martin Laskowski 1 876 Northeast
174. William Wolfrom 1 873 MRP
175. Kyle Greenhill 1 860 MRP
176. Nick Rosengrant 1 860 Northeast
177. Austin Mack 1 826 Northeast

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