|Super Kart Illustrated Driver Rankings – November
This edition of the Super Kart Illustrated Driver Rankings includes all the races leading up to the Stars of Karting National Finals. This month, there is no change in the ICC category as Kyle Wiegand continues to stay atop. Wiegand has a narrow lead (54 points) over two-time Stars of Karting ICC National Champion Alex Speed. With the Stars finale included in the December issue, it will be interesting to see if Speed can go out on top of the SKI Driver Rankings as he did in Stars competition before heading off to school.
One man who moved up in big fashion was Matt Jaskol. While jumping in an ICC ride when not behind the ASA truck, Jaskol was able to record his sixth and seventh event to count toward the SKI rankings. With six top ten finishes, including big events such as last year’s SKUSA SuperNationals and the Stars ‘Race of the Americas’, Jaskol capped off the ’05 karting season with a podium finish at the Stars Infineon event. Though he did miss the Stars Finale, he went on to win the championship in the truck series, first ever by a rookie in the series’ history.
Next month, watch for Stars National Finals winner David Jurca and runner-up Tad Funakoshi to move up. Jurca moved up 22 spots this month after collecting his seven ICC races while Funakoshi dropped out of the top ten after missing the Infineon event. Watch for both to possible move up into the top ten.
One driver who has been on a role in ICA toward the end of the season has been Phil Giebler. The newly crowned Stars of Karting ICA National Champion used a victory on Sunday at Woodbine to clinch the Eastern Division title and help him move up to the number 1 spot in the SKI Driver Rankings. With National Championship now his, it is certain he will remain at the top next month.
On the move this month is Cole Whitt. Whitt moved into the top 10 with his two victories at the Western Division finale at Infineon. His fourth place finish at the Stars National Finals could possibly move him up further in the rankings as well next month. Another driver who moved up due to his Infineon weekend was Jurca. He managed to finish behind Whitt both days, moving him up three spots in the rankings to third. The DNF at the Stars finale may or may not affect his spot in the next rankings, where he could be in the top ten of both the ICC and ICA at the same time.
ICC Driver Rankings – as of September 12, 2005
ICA Driver Rankings – as of September 12, 2005
SKI Driver Rankings Calculation Process
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.