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

NorCal driver Ripslinger scores top spot in elder category

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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.

Masters Max
As with most categories in the Rotax Max Challenge program, the Masters Max division is also seeing increase in numbers across the country. The 2012 season saw a 15% increase in participation, as 123 drivers recorded results. Six different USRMC programs are represented in the top-10, separated by less than 100 points. F1 New Jersey and MRP series stand strong with three drivers each in the top-10. Sanzaru NorCal, Racing the Rockies, North Florida and Northwest Gold Cup round out the other series, hitting all four corners of the country. Four drivers return from last year’s standings, including top driver from a year ago John Bonanno.


1. Scott Ripslinger

Scott Ripslinger

Scott Ripslinger

Hometown: Sonoma, California
USRMC Series: Sanzaru Games NorCal Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5576

Age: 37
Chassis: Energy
Engine Service Center: SwedeTech
Sponsors: Thank you to Diego Valverde (Valverde Racing Performance-VRP). Thank you for helping me all year long and getting a setup at Fontana Gatorz that was successful for us all year long. The carburetor setups were awesome. Also thank you Becky. Thank you to SwedeTech for the awesome engine that lasted all year long. You guys made me sweat during tech but it passed every time. And last to SCR Installers for putting up the big dollars to keep me racing all year.
Years Karting: 10 indoor, 3 outdoor
Favorite Track: Simraceway Performance Karting Center (Reverse National)
2012 Accomplishments: Sanzaru Games NorCal Rotax Challenge – Masters Champion
2013 Goals: Defend my championship and place well at Rotax Challenge of the Americas (Fontana)

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Sanzaru NorCal (4/29) 2 932
Sanzaru NorCal (5/27) 1 931
Sanzaru NorCal (7/22) 2 935
Sanzaru NorCal (8/19) 2 930
Sanzaru NorCal (9/16) 3 917
Sanzaru NorCal (10/14) 1 931

2. Scott Falcone

Scott Falcone

Scott Falcone

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
USRMC Series: Racing the Rockies
Points: 5572

Age: 44
Chassis: Arrow X2
Engine Service Center: KartSport North America
Sponsors: KartSport, SFI
Years Karting: 5
Favorite Track: I find some good in all that tracks that I have run
2012 Accomplishments: Being more consistent
2013 Goals: Win every race I enter

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Racing the Rockies (4/29) 1 925
Racing the Rockies (5/20) 1 928
Racing the Rockies (6/24) 1 933
Racing the Rockies (7/8) 1 925
Racing the Rockies (8/26) 1 933
Racing the Rockies (9/9) 1 928

3. Dave Gilderseleeve

Dave Gilderseleeve

Dave Gilderseleeve

Hometown: Syracuse, Indiana
USRMC Series: Jet Karting at MRP
Points: 5560

Born: 8/5/1946
Chassis: 2007 Birel R31 with Front Brakes
Engine Service Center: LSR Motorsports
Sponsors: Lakeside Fitness, MRP Motorsports, Automotive Racing Products, LSR Motorsports
Years Karting: 4 years in the early 1960’s and for the last 30 years
Favorite Track: USA International Raceway
2012 Accomplishment: Being one of several at the Grand Nationals who were helped with their corner speed by Scott Falcone
2013 Goals: Enjoy karting with my friends

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
MRP (4/15) 1 944
MRP (4/29) 1 933
MRP (5/27) 1 921
MRP (6/10) 2 916
MRP (9/23) 2 921
MRP (10/7) 1 925

4. John Bonanno

John Bonanno

John Bonanno

Hometown: West Deptford, New Jersey
USRMC Series: F1 New Jersey
Points: 5536

Age: 40
Chassis: Kosmic
Engine Service Center: Jim Hanson – Engine Services in Braselton, GA
Sponsors: I want to thank Jim Hanson, J3 Competition, SKTL Apparel, Compressed Air Equipment, Al V-team Tachyan, the team at NJ Motorsports Park and all the family & friends that made 2012 possible and so much fun.
Years Karting: Who’s counting, at least 4 this second time around
Favorite Track: New Jersey Motorsports Park
2012 Accomplishments: Didn’t make as many events this year, but most proud of being back in the hunt in South Bend, until losing a chain in the final.
2013 Goals: TBD – semi retirement

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northeast (5/19) 2 927
F1 New Jersey (7/14) 1 925
F1 New Jersey (7/29) 1 919
F1 New Jersey (8/19) 1 919
F1 New Jersey (9/8) 1 925
F1 New Jersey (10/27) 2 921

5. Marshall Martin

Marshall Martin

Marshall Martin

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
USRMC Series: Jet Karting at MRP
Points: 5535

Age: 65
Chassis: CRG Road Rebel
Engine Service Center: LSR Motorsports
Sponsors: LSR Motorsports, Kartfinder.com, AMR Kart Products, NKN
Years Karting: Stared karting in 1965
Favorite Track: New Castle Motorsports Park
2012 Accomplishments: Finished five races for the first time in several years after neck issues. Most fun I have had in a long time competing against the Masters group at MRP.
2013 Goals: See my Granddaughter succeed in her move from Micro Max to Mini Max

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
MRP (5/27) 1 931
MRP (6/10) 1 925
MRP (7/1) 3 893
MRP (7/22) 1 933
MRP (8/19) 1 922
MRP (9/23) 1 931

6. Chris McGinley

Chris McGinley

Chris McGinley

Hometown: Sewell, New Jersey
USRMC Series: F1 New Jersey / Northeast Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5512

Born: 1/24/1976
Chassis: Kosmic
Engine Service Center: AKR Engines and Engine Services
Sponsors: SKLTN Apparel, BTB Security
Years Karting: 4
Favorite Track: F1 New Jersey
2012 Accomplishments: 8th – US Rotax Max Grand Nationals, 4th – Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting Championship
2013 Goals: Improve my ability to read and tune the ##10#547#chassis##, become even more consistent, and have another year of great karting with my fellow racers!

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northeast (4/28) 2 913
Northeast (5/19) 1 936
Northeast (5/20) 1 917
F1 New Jersey (7/14) 3 907
F1 New Jersey (10/6) 1 928
F1 New Jersey (10/27) 3 912

7. Kristian Werkley

Kristian Werkley

Kristian Werkley

Hometown: Lindenwold, New Jersey
USRMC Series: F1 New Jersey
Points: 5508

Age: 34
Chassis: CRG
Engine Service Center: CRG America
Sponsors: Chris McGinley, Adam Pettit
Years Karting: 6
Favorite Track: F1 New Jersey
2012 Accomplishments: Won the Compressed Air Equipment F1 Karting Championship
2013 Goals: To be deteremined…

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
F1 New Jersey (4/15) 1 925
F1 New Jersey (6/2) 2 919
F1 New Jersey (7/14) 2 916
F1 New Jersey (8/19) 2 910
F1 New Jersey (9/8) 2 916
F1 New Jersey (11/11) 1 922

8. Rob Maier

Rob Maier

Rob Maier

Hometown: Oakland, Florida
USRMC Series: North Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5503

Born: 9/17/78
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine: Ocala Gran Prix
Sponsors: My Beautiful Wife
Years Karting: 4
Favorite Track: Ocala Gran Prix
2012 Accomplishments: North Florida Rotax Masters Champion
2013 Goals: 1st place U.S. Rotax Grand Nationals

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (4/14) 3 912
North Florida (5/12) 1 922
North Florida (6/9) 1 925
North Florida (7/7) 3 912
North Florida (10/7) 2 913
North Florida (11/11) 1 919

9. Chad Hartzell

Chad Hartzell

Chad Hartzell

Hometown: Granger, Indiana
USRMC Series: Jet Karting at MRP
Points: 5491

Born: 1/23/1973
Chassis: Birel R32
Engine Service Center: Tim Lobuagh @ MRP Motorsport
Sponsors: Team Crumstown Racing, Ryman Designs, SLC Automotive, MRP
Years Karting: 15
Favorite Track: Michiana Raceway Park
2012 Accomplishments: 2nd – MRP Rotax Series, 11th – Rotax Grands (the fun I had that week outweighs the disappointing results)
2013 Goals: MRP Series Championship; quit losing to guys that race on social security checks.
Comments: Big thanks to Josh Koch for his time and efforts in tuning each race day and Tim Lobaugh @ MRP for his continued support with our engines. Also- to my wife, Kristin, for supporting my passion that keeps me away from the family on occasion while also keeping our boys involved in sports that don’t involve a steering wheel.

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
MRP (4/15) 3 926
MRP (4/29) 2 924
MRP (5/27) 3 912
MRP (7/29) 1 911
MRP (9/23) 3 912
MRP (10/7) 3 907

10. Doug Huggler

Doug Huggler

Doug Huggler

Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
USRMC Series: Northwest Gold Cup
Points: 5480

Born: 5/10/1967
Chassis: Top Kart Flash
Engine Service Center: Huggler Racing Engines
Sponsors: Lori’s Money Tree
Years Karting: 33
Favorite Track: Pats Acre’s Racing Complex
2012 Accomplishments: Raced hard had fun
2013 Goals: Focus more on business and win another year

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest (4/29) 1 911
Northwest (5/28) 2 913
Northwest (6/17) 1 914
Northwest (6/30) 1 914
Northwest (7/1) 1 914
Northwest (9/1) 1 914

2012 Masters Max Final Driver Rankings

Pos. Driver Races Score USRMC
1. Scott Ripslinger 9 5576 Sanzaru NorCal
2. Scott Falcone 8 5572 Racing the Rockies
3. Dave Gilderseleeve 9 5560 MRP
4. John Bonanno 11 5536 F1 New Jersey
5. Marshall Martin 7 5535 MRP
6. Chris McGinley 11 5512 F1 New Jersey
7. Kristian Werkley 11 5508 F1 New Jersey
8. Rob Maier 9 5503 North Florida
9. Chad Hartzell 10 5491 MRP
10. Doug Huggler 11 5480 Northwest Gold Cup
11. Wright Hugus 6 5471 Racing the Rockies
12. Chris Rock 7 5470 Northeast
13. Tim Moss 11 5465 Northwest Gold Cup
14. Zachary Weiss 8 5455 Powerade Carolina
15. David Pergande 10 5454 Burger King TX
16. Larry Hayashigawa 7 5451 Tri-C
17. Javier Gonzalez 7 5447 South Florida
18. Ken Maxfield 6 5444 Utah
19. Adam Pettit 10 5443 F1 New Jersey
20. Derek Poirier 6 5443 Bondurant PHX
21. Justin Peck 6 5442 Southeast Karting Challenge
22. Scott Berryman 6 5432 Racing the Rockies
23. Curtis Ruth 7 5428 Bondurant PHX
24. Roger Culver 7 5415 Bondurant PHX
25. Christian Amongero 8 5412 South Florida
26. Jerry Pitts 6 5410 Northwest Gold Cup
27. Lewis Edwards 7 5395 Powerade Carolina
28. Rob Salthouse 12 5393 Bondurant PHX
29. Geoff Wise 6 5385 Sanzaru NorCal
30. Benjamin Ciscuolo 6 5377 South Florida
31. Scott Kalb 10 5376 North Florida
32. Steve Clark 6 5374 Burger King TX
33. Mike Whihelm 7 5372 MRP
34. Tyson Burman 10 5363 Northwest Gold Cup
35. Bobby Greene 6 5350 F1 New Jersey
36. Ken Whitfield 7 5349 South Florida
37. Jim Haubenschild 6 5348 Racing the Rockies
38. John Breidinger 9 5346 Sanzaru NorCal
39. Greg Huff 7 5345 Sanzaru NorCal
40. Dave Innes 6 5311 Racing the Rockies
41. Dave Ahrens 9 5309 MRP
42. Carlos Gonzales 8 5306 MRP
43. Mary Beth Williams 6 5305 Sanzaru NorCal
44. Jerry Brown 9 5303 North Florida
45. Scott Downing 9 5289 F1 New Jersey
46. Pete Toft 9 5275 Sanzaru NorCal
47. James Dix 9 5270 Sanzaru NorCal
48. Henry Zajac 7 5250 MRP
49. Roger Pierce 8 5223 MRP
50. Michael Neopolitan 8 5221 F1 New Jersey
51. Kevin Coy 6 5161 North Florida
52. Andrea Delfanti 5 4567 Sanzaru NorCal
53. Scott Roberts 5 4565 North Florida
54. Jason Leslie 5 4509 Powerade Carolina
55. David Carlisle 5 4506 Sanzaru NorCal
56. Jason Bell 5 4488 North Florida
57. Tracy Butt 5 4480 MRP
58. George Moss 5 4425 Northeast
59. Lorie Hinton 5 4385 Racing the Rockies
60. Mike Manov 5 4331 Racing the Rockies
61. Michael Riyanto 5 4260 Sanzaru NorCal
62. Ron Warthen 5 4256 Racing the Rockies
63. Steven Manzari 5 4230 Northeast
64. Ken Butt 5 4219 MRP
65. Brad Huffman 5 4158 Sanzaru NorCal
66. David Bell 4 3609 Sanzaru NorCal
67. Cory French 4 3582 MRP
68. Jim Nelson 4 3581 Northwest Gold Cup
69. Dan Glas 4 3575 MRP
70. Timothy Rice 4 3573 Northwest Gold Cup
71. Jerry Pretti 4 3561 Sanzaru NorCal
72. Brad Harris 4 3557 Powerade Carolina
73. Bill Lester 4 3553 North Florida
74. Robert Switzler 4 3546 Tri-C
75. Russ Johnson 4 3537 Racing the Rockies
76. Lorin Cantrell 4 3515 Racing the Rockies
77. Mark Julian 4 3503 South Florida
78. Tom Bruce 4 3498 MRP
79. John Sutherland 4 3381 Sanzaru NorCal
80. Peter Boot 4 3316 Sanzaru NorCal
81. Stephen Abel 3 2708 MRP
82. Hobie Smith 3 2698 Utah
83. Rico Campos 3 2693 South Florida
84. Tony Rossetti 3 2688 Tri-C
85. Hank Westerduin 3 2679 Northeast
86. Doug Taylor 3 2675 Northwest Gold Cup
87. Matt Newton 3 2624 Racing the Rockies
88. Kory Mossoni 3 2573 Racing the Rockies
89. John Crow 2 1839 Tri-C
90. Jeff Garner 2 1833 Northwest Gold Cup
91. Steve Dzurilla 2 1825 Tri-C
92. John Mayes 2 1819 Burger King TX
93. James Dyer 2 1808 Northeast
94. Paul Bonilla 2 1808 Tri-C
95. Dean Leifheit 2 1805 Concept Haulers IL
96. Mike Daniels 2 1801 Northwest Gold Cup
97. Ed Bush 2 1796 Sanzaru NorCal
98. Randy Small 2 1796 Bondurant PHX
99. Harindra De Silva 2 1795 Tri-C
100. Eric Westerduin 2 1793 Northeast
101. Dario Callagher 2 1765 South Florida
102. Chris Thurman 2 1761 Powerade Carolina
103. Ron Greene 2 1750 F1 New Jersey
104. Jim Cataldo 2 1745 Northeast
105. Chris Oakley 2 1741 Northwest Gold Cup
106. Michael Forner 2 1735 Sanzaru NorCal
107. Mark Guzicki 2 1733 MRP
108. Richard Hensley 2 1713 Racing the Rockies
109. Donald Durbin Jr. 1 936 Sanzaru NorCal
110. Michael Ostrowski 1 922 Sanzaru NorCal
111. Sean McDonald 1 915 Sanzaru NorCal
112. Dean Boyd 1 902 North Texas Karters
113. Romain Zapo 1 899 MRP at Palm Beach
114. Erik Meisner 1 898 MRP
115. Noah Hambayi 1 893 Bondurant PHX
116. Andy Seesemann 1 888 Tri-C
117. John Gould 1 884 NOLA
118. Paul Kandris 1 884 Northwest Gold Cup
119. Martin Iaskowski 1 876 Northeast
120. Brian Leadingham 1 860 MRP
121. Rick Langille 1 854 Racing the Rockies
122. Tim Lobaugh 1 831 MRP
123. Scott Yarbrough 1 810 Sanzaru NorCal

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