|Super Kart Illustrated Driver Rankings – October
This month’s rankings see another shake-up in the ICA division with the ICC unchanged at the top spot. J3 Competition’s Johnny Johnson is the new #1 ICA driver in the October issue of Super Kart Illustrated. The Marshalltown, IA resident has been improving every weekend during the year and has five top five finishes included in his score, including two wins. The battle is close though as the Stars of Karting Eastern Division Champion Phil Giebler is only three points out of the top spot. The Champion Racing pilot was in a spot to win the Western Division as well until mechanical problems took him out of contention.
KLS Racing’s Kyle Wiegand still holds on to the top spot in the ICC Driver Rankings. With a total of three wins to his score, Wiegand holds on to the #1 slot by just 91 points over CompCor’s Jason Bowles. Bowles is just ahead of reigning ICC National Champion Alex Speed. One driver who made a large jump in the rankings was Phillippe Gelinas. The Sodi Kart pilot moved up five positions into the sixth spot with a victory in Shawano included in his points tally.
With the last round of the Western Division to be included in next month’s issue, the rankings could see two new #1 drivers atop the rankings.
The SKI Driver Rankings package was carefully designed to take the many different variables into consideration in an effort to properly weigh each individual event based on field size, field strength and national importance. The following is an explanation of how the points are calculated:
The SKI Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the last 12 months, we use a driver’s top seven finishes in ICC to determine their overall current point total. The top five as used for ICA due to the lower number of available events. With each new month, results from the previous year are discarded. To deliver this current ranking list, we tabulated the results of all the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup (East and West) and the Snap-on Stars of Karting national events run over the last 12 months. We have also included the results for the major one-off events such as the Rock Island Grand Prix, SKUSA King of the Streets, Black Rock Summer Shootout and the SKUSA SuperNationals.
Each race was initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of 10 being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2005, the Stars of Karting Race of the Americas and the SKUSA SuperNationals are the only events to receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting. The Stars of Karting national series events draw a base ranking of 9 while the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup races were given a base ranking of 8.
Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field while the number of existing top 50 drivers entered offers another fraction of a point. 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 seven races for ICC and the best five for ICA, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.
ICC Driver Rankings - as of August 23, 2005
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ICA Driver Rankings - as of August 23, 2005
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