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

Byers lead strong contingent in Northwest to finish 2012 season in number one spot

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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.

2012 Senior Max Final Driver Rankings

Senior Max
Senior Max is the top level in the United States Rotax Max Challenge program with 174 drivers competing in programs across the country. The Northwest Gold Cup was among the most populated in the category, and has six drivers representing the series for 2012, including the number one position. Three of the top-10 are returning drivers, while two are of the Masters age, racing against the young drivers for more competition.


1. Kyle Byers

Kyle Byers

Kyle Byers

Hometown: Auburn, Washington
USRMC Series: Northwest Gold Cup
Points: 5634

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest Gold Cup (5/27) 5 928
Northwest Gold Cup (5/28) 7 909
Northwest Gold Cup (6/16) 2 952
Northwest Gold Cup (6/17) 2 949
Northwest Gold Cup (8/18) 2 943
Northwest Gold Cup (9/19) 1 953

Age: 18
Chassis: Kosmic
Engine Service Center: Collins Racing Engines ( CRE )
Sponsors: J&L Fabrication – Byers Custom Paint – Wicked Fabrication – Dennison International – RPG – Speedware Motorsports and most of all my family and friends
Years Karting: 7
Favorite Track: Greg Moore Raceway
2012 Accomplishments: Top 10 in 4 of the Challenge of the Americas races, 4 out of 6 Gold Cup podium finishes (1st and three 2nd), Rotax Grand Nationals – 3rd fastest in practice, troubles in qualifying (26th) crashed out in heat one, shuffled back in heat two but finished 11th, heat three set fastest lap time and finished 6th, started 26th in prefinal and finished 7th overall. Getting into EKN Drivers Rankings top-10 with only six races.
2013 Goals: Podium at the Can-Am Rotax Max Challenge, podium finish at Rotax Grand Nationals.


2. Johnny Blair

Johnny Blair

Johnny Blair

Hometown: Puyallup, Washington
USRMC Series: Northwest Gold Cup
Points: 5620

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest Gold Cup (4/28) 2 952
Northwest Gold Cup (4/29) 2 949
Northwest Gold Cup (5/27) 4 938
Northwest Gold Cup (5/28) 4 938
Northwest Gold Cup (6/16) 5 923
Northwest Gold Cup (6/17) 5 920

Age: 32
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Collins Racing Engines
Sponsors: Seattle Karting Specialties, Blair and Son Floor Company, Collins Racing Engines, and my wife
Years Karting: 14
Favorite Track: Tri-Cities
2012 Accomplishments: Rotax Grand National champion (Masters), Part of Team USA
2013 Goals: Spending time with my wife Karla and my son Dylan


3. Andrew Sherry

Andrew Sherry

Andrew Sherry

Hometown: Ellenville, New York
USRMC Series: Northeast Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5613

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northeast (5/19) 1 947
Northeast (6/30) 1 931
Northeast (7/1) 2 927
Northeast (8/25) 1 939
OVRP (9/9) 1 944
Northeast (10/14) 1 925

Born: January 19, 1995
Chassis: Maranello
Engine Service Center: CRG America
Sponsors: CRG America
Favorite track: Homestead
2012 Accomplishments: Northeast Rotax Champion
2013 Goals: Have a good first year at college and get a spot on Purdue’s Formula SAE program


4. Geffrey Roberti

Points: 5606

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest Gold Cup (5/27) 3 947
Northwest Gold Cup (6/16) 3 942
Northwest Gold Cup (6/30) 2 927
Northwest Gold Cup (8/19) 2 943
Northwest Gold Cup (9/1) 4 919
Northwest Gold Cup (9/2) 3 928

5. Nick Neri

Points: 5597

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (3/4) 1 925
North Florida (5/12) 1 928
North Florida (9/22) 1 939
North Florida (10/7) 1 933
North Florida (10/27) 1 933
North Florida (11/11) 1 939

6. Andrew Zimmer

Andrew Zimmer

Andrew Zimmer

Hometown: Spokane, Washington
USRMC Series: Northwest Gold Cup
Points: 5575

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest Gold Cup (4/28) 6 913
Northwest Gold Cup (4/29) 3 939
Northwest Gold Cup (5/27) 2 957
Northwest Gold Cup (5/28) 5 928
Northwest Gold Cup (9/1) 6 900
Northwest Gold Cup (9/2) 2 938

Born: 4/1/1991
Chassis: Energy Kinetic
Engine Service Center: Buddy Rice Karting
Sponsors: Black Flag Racing Products, Buddy Rice Karting, Design Sound NW, Alpine Haus Marina, Fastkart Indoor Speedway
Years Karting: 11
Favorite Track: Moran Racing, PKRA, New Castle Motorsports Park
2012 Accomplishments: Up front at the two Challenge of the Americas races we did, then broke my leg and returned Labor Day weekend to podium in my first race back
2013 Goals: Win Senior Max at the Can-Am and go to Rotax Grand Finals, race Super Pro and place top-10 at SuperNats


7. Artie Carpenter

Points: 5575

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest Gold Cup (4/28) 4 932
Northwest Gold Cup (6/16) 6 913
Northwest Gold Cup (6/30) 1 936
Northwest Gold Cup (7/1) 1 942
Northwest Gold Cup (8/18) 4 924
Northwest Gold Cup (9/1) 3 928

8. Derek Wang

Derek Wang

Derek Wang

Hometown: Chéngdū, Sichuan province, China
USRMC Series: Northwest
Points: 5564

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
Northwest Gold Cup (4/29) 6 910
Northwest Gold Cup (6/17) 4 930
Northwest Gold Cup (8/18) 1 953
Northwest Gold Cup (8/19) 4 924
Northwest Gold Cup (9/1) 1 947
Northwest Gold Cup (9/2) 6 900

Age: 35
Chassis: FA Kart
Engine Service Center: Glover Brother Racing, Black Racing Engines
Sponsors: StD Driver Development
Years Karting: 6
Favorite Track: Greg Moore Raceway – Chilliwack, BC, Canada
2012 Accomplishments: Successfully fought adversity and persevered through tough physical and metal challenges on and off the track.
2013 Goals: Continue the great work that has taken place to promote go-karting to under privileged women and children living in the inner cities of Southeast Asia.


9. Jonathan Kotyk

Jonathan Kotyk

Jonathan Kotyk

Hometown: Atlantic Beach, Florida
USRMC Series: North Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5546

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
North Florida (4/14) 1 919
North Florida (9/1) 2 919
North Florida (9/22) 2 930
North Florida (10/7) 2 924
North Florida (10/27) 2 924
North Florida (10/11) 2 930

Born: March 31, 1994
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: Ocala Gran Prix
Sponsors: Ocala Gran Prix/Tony Kart
Years Karting: 3
Favorite Track: Ocala Gran Prix
2012 Accomplishments: Being a front runner in all the classes that I competed in.
2013 Goals: Win as many races and championships as possible, especially at the national level.


10. Daniel Roeper

Daniel Roeper

Daniel Roeper

Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida
USRMC Series: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge
Points: 5504

USRMC (Date) Finish Points
South Florida (4/14) 2 921
South Florida (4/15) 1 922
South Florida (5/20) 1 914
South Florida (6/9) 1 911
MRP (Summer Shootout) 5 917
South Florida (12/1) 1 919

Born: 3/7/1997
Chassis: Tony Kart
Engine Service Center: AM Racing Engines
Sponsors: Oemetrix, Artistry in Architectural Grilles and Panther Chains
Years Karting: 3
Favorite Track: Homestead Karting
2012 Accomplishments: South Florida Rotax Max Challenge Senior Champion
2013 Goals: I would like to finish off the Florida Winter Tour in Ocala with a strong result. I am also looking to perform well in the remaining SKUSA races this year. Would like to secure a spot to the Rotax Grand Finals, if the opportunity presents itself.

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