|eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings - March 7
With it 'hump day' of the first week in March, we draw closer and closer to the start of the 2007 karting season across North America. As we do, its time to look again at the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings. The Florida Winter Tour presented by Tony Kart Florida held their second round at the Homestead Karting facility, with the Pro Shifter (ICC) and ICA categories running on the February 16-18 weekend. The ICC group saw 10 pilots from the Top 50 competing while the ICA division had nine from their top 25.
As the last ranking was, the top positions stayed static and just a few drivers moving positions. The man on the move was J3 Competition’s Josh Schreiber. Making his return to karting in 2007, he re-entered the ICC Top 50 after placing top ten finishes in the last three ICC finals. The 1999 SKI Rising Star driver made his return to karting in July 2006 after a brief hiatus to run a partial Stars Eastern schedule. As the season moves forward, watch for Schreiber to move up the rankings as he battles for the ICC National Championship.
On the ICA side, another driver made a huge jump, back into the ICA Top 25 - Michael Giessen. Making another one-off appearance at the recent FWT round, the MRP-Birel America pilot swept both finals to score his fourth and fifth races to count toward the rankings. Add to those a victory at the Stars Lowe’s event and a stellar run to fourth at the Stars National Finals at Woodbine, Ontario, and he moves up to 12th on the list. If Giessen makes a few more races in 2007, the 2004 SKI Driver of the Year nominee could break the top ten in a part-time effort.
| Josh Schreiber|
(Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)
Driver Spotlight: Josh Schreiber
ICC Ranking: 38th
|Stars of Karting ’06 - East #4 - Lowe’s||9||34||714|
|Stars of Karting ’06 - East #5 - Lowe’s||9||35||705|
|Stars of Karting ’06 - East #6 - Shawano||9||9||983|
|Florida Winter Tour ’07 - Homestead #1||8||14||798|
|Florida Winter Tour ’07 - Homestead #2||8||7||863|
|Florida Winter Tour ’07 - Homestead #3||8||6||870|
|Florida Winter Tour ’07 - Homestead #4||8||10||833|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 16.4
Average Points: 823.7
Total Points: 5766
| Michael Giessen|
Driver Spotlight: Michael Giessen
ICA Ranking: 12th
|Stars of Karting ’06 - East #4 - Lowe’s||9||21||818|
|Stars of Karting ’06 - East #5 - Lowe’s||9||1||1024|
|Stars of Karting 2006 National Finals||10||4||1105|
|Florida Winter Tour ’07 - Homestead #3||8||1||924|
|Florida Winter Tour ’07 - Homestead #4||8||1||924|
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 5.6
Average Points: 958.2
Total Points: 4791
UPCOMING RANKED EVENTS
Mar. 9-11: WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series - 103rd Street Sports Complex - Jacksonville, FL
Mar. 17-18: Florida Winter Tour - Ocala Grand Prix - Ocala, FL
April 14-15: Race of the Americas - Oklahoma Motorsports Complex - Norman, OK
EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN 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, the SKUSA SuperNationals, and the KartSport Grand Prix.
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 2007, 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 and Florida Winter Tour 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 March 7, 2007
|10.||10||NC||Jan Velez Walter||12||7190|
ICA Driver Rankings - as of March 7, 2007
|Pos||Jan. 15||Plus/Minus||Driver||# Races||Score|
|19.||18||-1||Juan Ignacia Sanso||7||4720|