|Super Kart Illustrated Driver Rankings – December
With the Stars of Karting National Finals behind, the two national champions left Austin with the titles and the prestige being atop the Super Kart Illustrated Driver Rankings. ICC National Champion Alex Speed moved up to the top spot in the ICC division with six victories and his third place finish at the Stars Finale, which helped clinch his second straight Stars ICC title. In the ICA standings, Phil Giebler used his Stars Finale victory to clinch the ICA National Championship and the #1 spot in the ICA rankings. Giebler’s point breakdown has four top five finishes, including the Iron Rock and Woodbine victories, and a 10th place at the Race of the Americas.
Two drivers who moved into the top ten in the ICC division were Josh Schreiber and Tad Funakoshi. Both drivers moved up five positions, Schreiber to sixth and Funakoshi to ninth. Schreiber had a turn around year after switching to the Kosmic/Vortex package in July, earning the Stars Eastern podiums and the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup ICC championship title. The Pennsylvania resident also notched a top five finish at the Stars of Karting Finale. For Funakoshi, it was an up and down year. After a victory at the Stars CARTBC round, he was dismissed at Mirage Motorsports. He then hooked up with Leading Edge Motorsports for the Stars National Finals, where he was quick all weekend, and finished second.
The battle for the 10th spot as turned into a battle between to ICC rookies – Keith Spicer and Ryan Phinny. The two have had stellar rookie seasons at the top division moving up straight from the Junior division. Though Spicer has record the only big victory between the two (Stars New Castle), Phinny has been the most consistent of the two. With Phinny scoring at podium at the SKUSA SuperNationals in November, Phinny will most likely move ahead of Spicer, who did not attend the event.
In ICA, Jake Rosenzweig made a huge jump in December - 32 positions - as he added a fifth event to his driver rankings points. The Boston, MA resident competed at only three ranked events, scoring all top ten finishes, including a victory at Woodbine and a fourth place finish at the Stars National Finals. The top rookie in the ICA rankings continues to be Cole Whitt. Sitting at eighth place in the competitive division with three victories to his credit is a huge statement for the young driver.
Next month could see some changes in top ten of ICC with the SKUSA SuperNationals making a huge impact on the driver’s scores where as the ICA division is at a stand still until after the WKA KartWeek in Daytona at the end of December, making an impact in the February rankings.
ICC Driver Rankings – as of October 17, 2005
ICA Driver Rankings – as of October 17, 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.