2020 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Shifterkart – February 28

French jumps to top spot over Ramirez and Myers

Jake French begins the 2020 season as the #1 in the EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings (Photo: EKN)

The dynamics of shifterkart racing here in the United States is in a new era, with unique engine formats and series providing the opportunity for drivers to bang a six-speed gearbox. The 2020 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA continues to follow that which was set last year, including the many series and engine types that produce shifterkart racing to be part of the program. A total of 132 rounds of racing will be included in this year’s Driver Rankings schedule – which begins with a new driver at the top of the standings.

Over the past 12 months, Jake French (PSL / Birel ART) has been one of the top shifterkart drivers in the country. The former SKUSA Pro Tour champion has won under that banner, along with in the ROK Cup USA format, to jump to the top of the standings to open up 2020. That has moved 2019 #1 Mathias Ramirez (Trackmagic) down to second and 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers (Magik) to third, with all three improving their scores and sitting above the 7000-mark.

The advancement of French has dropped four-time SKUSA SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave down to fourth and 2019 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Kyle Wick (RPG / Tony Kart) down to fifth. Each won twice at the SKUSA Winter Series events in January and February – for Musgrave a pair of wins in his iKart debut. Those results did not transfer over to the EKN Driver Rankings program as there were not enough racers to qualify for calculation. Thus, neither were able to improve their score.

Holding strong in sixth is Andrew Bujdoso (Magik), who puts all four SKUSA Pro Tour winners from 2019 in the top-six. Bujdoso improved his score slightly with his two races at the Florida Winter Tour, earning a podium finish in Ocala. Jumping up to seventh is Challenge of the Americas championship leader Hunter Pickett (GFC). His sweep of the Tucson opener in January helped to elevate his score and move him up one spot in the standings. That dropped 2019 SKUSA Pro Tour Pro Shifter 2 champion Race Liberante (J3 / CompKart) down to eighth, improving his score only five points without a podium finish in two weekends at Challenge of the Americas. Rory van der Steur lost points and moved down to 10th as Kol Bailey advanced four spots to ninth. Bailey puts three GFC drivers into the top-10 with Rory giving Magik three drivers in the top-10 as well. Falling out of the top-10 is 2019 Challenge of the Americas champion Ron White (RWR / CRG) – down to 23rd – who should be back behind the wheel in March following injuries from a motorcycle incident in December.

On the Move to begin 2020 are a number of drivers getting the new season off to a great start. Cole Shade (GFC) is one of them, shinning at Challenge of the Americas in the first two events to be in the championship chase with two podium results in four rounds. COTA Junior ROK champion William Ferguson (SSM / Kosmic), Jace Denmark-Gessel (Tony Kart) and Ethan Ho (APM / Kosmic) made their debuts on the shifterkart standings, set to climb into the top-50 by next month.


Upcoming EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
3/1/20 California ProKart Challenge #1 Pro Shifter Butttonwillow Raceway Park Buttonwillow, CA 8.5
3/1/20 California ProKart Challenge #1 Pro Shifter 2 Butttonwillow Raceway Park Buttonwillow, CA 8
3/8/20 Florida Winter Tour #3 Shifter Rok Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, FL 9
3/8/20 Texas Sprint Racing Series #1 Shifter NOLA Motorsports Park New Orleans, LA 8
3/14/20 SKUSA Pro Tour WinterNationals Pro Shifter NOLA Motorsports Park New Orleans, LA 9.5
3/14/20 SKUSA Pro Tour WinterNationals Pro Shifter 2 NOLA Motorsports Park New Orleans, LA 9
3/15/20 SKUSA Pro Tour WinterNationals Pro Shifter NOLA Motorsports Park New Orleans, LA 9.5
3/15/20 SKUSA Pro Tour WinterNationals Pro Shifter 2 NOLA Motorsports Park New Orleans, LA 9
3/28/20 Challenge of the Americas #5 Shifter Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 9
3/29/20 Challenge of the Americas #6 Shifter Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 9
3/29/20 Los Angeles Karting Championship #2 Pro Shifter CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8


NEW Shifterkart #1 – Jake French
Rockwell, Texas

(Photo: COTA/Sean Buur)

The drive to #1 began in May when French joined Croc Promotion USA to replace 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers. French was out of the seat, wrenching and driver coaching up to that point. The 2017 SKUSA Pro Tour champ went to work, on track every week from then on and came away with a double win weekend at the SummerNationals in New Castle. In October, French ended his relationship with Croc Promotion USA and joined PSL Karting. The combination led to a runner-up finish at the SuperNationals and the work began for 2020. French has gone coast-to-coast, racing at the Florida Winter Tour and Challenge of the Americas under the ROK Cup USA program. A total of two wins and three top-five finishes in six races has propelled French to the top position to begin 2020.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SummerNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 1 1036
SKUSA SummerNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 1 1036
SKUSA SuperNationals 2019 – Pro 10 2 1057
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #1 9 5 985
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #2 9 5 989
Challenge of the Americas ’20 #3 9 1 1012
Challenge of the Americas ’20 #4 9 1 1012

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.29
Average Points: 1018.1
Total Points: 7127

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Shifterkart #2 – Mathias Ramirez
Bradenton, Florida

(Photo; ROK Cup USA/CKN)

The 2019 #1 shifterkart driver for the EKN Driver Rankings is moving up. Not in the standings but in the motorsports ladder system. Ramirez has signed to race the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship for the 2020 season. Ramirez started out 2020 in his Trackmagic ride at the Florida Winter Tour, currently sitting fifth in the championship standings after two top-six results. Those two finishes helped to improve his score, yet 11 points from the top position to begin the 2020 EKN Driver Rankings. Ramirez is looking to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Floridians Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood in the Road to Indy program.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
Florida Winter Tour 2019 #3 9 1 1005
SKUSA SpringNationals ‘19 #1 – Pro 9.5 1 997
SKUSA SpringNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 2 987
ROK the RIO 2019 9.5 2 1085
SKUSA SuperNationals 2019 – Pro 10 3 1047
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #1 9 6 975
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #2 9 2 1020

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.43
Average Points: 1016.6
Total Points: 7116

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Shifterkart #3 – AJ Myers
Tampa, Florida

(Photo: ROK Cup USA/CKN)

The bid to retake the #1 position in the EKN Driver Rankings has begun for 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour champion AJ Myers. The 2019 ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour champ won the opening round in Miami and finished fourth in Ocala to remain as the leader in the point standings heading into this week’s series finale in St. Pete. The opening two events – improved his score in the standings – and were with a new team, joining the Magik brand that made its debut at the SuperNationals. It was Myers’ spot at Croc Promotion USA that French took, with AJ getting picked up by CRG Nordam. That relationship last through the SuperNationals before Myers moved to the Magik operation to kick off 2020.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 2 995
SKUSA WinterNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 1 1005
SKUSA SpringNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 2 987
SKUSA SummerNationals ’19 #1 – Pro 9.5 6 984
SKUSA SummerNationals ’19 #2 – Pro 9.5 4 1005
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #1 9 1 1026
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #2 9 4 999

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.86
Average Points: 1000.1
Total Points: 7001


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 previous 12 months from the current date, we use a driver’s best seven finishes in the TaG and Shifterkart categories to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver our ranking list, we tabulate the results of all the national programs and selected regional programs. We have also included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, the Rock Island Grand Prix, and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.

Each race is initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of ten (10) being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2020, the SKUSA SuperNationals will receive a score of 10 in its initial weighting in the TaG and Shifterkart categories. A base ranking of 9.5 is set for the SKUSA Pro Tour, while a base ranking of 9 goes to the SKUSA Winter Series, United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour, Challenge of the Americas, ROK the RIO, Rotax Grand Nationals, Rock Island Grand Prix, and California ProKart Challenge. Other national and regional program races were given a base ranking of either 8.5 or 8.0.

The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any event to be considered for the Driver Rankings program is five (5). If an event does not have at least five (5) drivers starting the race, those results will not be tabulated toward the Driver Rankings.

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 full point or 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, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.


2020 eKartingNews.com Shifterkart Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – as of February 28, 2020

Pos. Dec. 2 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 5 4 Jake French 15 7127
2. 1 -1 Mathias Ramirez 12 7116
3. 2 -1 AJ Myers 14 7001
4. 3 -1 Billy Musgrave 10 6957
5. 4 -1 Kyle Wick 14 6946
6. 6 NC Andrew Bujdoso 13 6921
7. 8 1 Hunter Pickett 18 6918
8. 7 -1 Race Liberante 16 6904
9. 13 4 Kol Bailey 13 6791
10. 9 -1 Rory van der Steur 16 6750
11. 24 13 Cole Shade 20 6632
12. 14 2 Keawn Tandon 16 6569
13. 12 -1 Prescott Campbell 9 6545
14. 16 2 Enzo Prevost 15 6501
15. 11 -4 Zach Pettinicchi 15 6500
16. 17 1 Connor Robles 13 6475
17. 15 -2 Calvin Ming 11 6472
18. 29 11 Worawong Komarakul 13 6450
19. 21 2 Mark Snyder 10 6422
20. 19 -1 Vincenzo Sarracino 9 6357
21. 18 -3 Max Hewitt 9 6346
22. 23 1 Devon Smith-Harden 12 6315
23. 10 -13 Ron White 7 6300
24. 27 3 Kyle Kennedy 10 6257
25. 25 NC Zachary Hollingshead 9 6246
26. 46 20 Brenden Ruzbarsky 15 6213
27. 22 -5 Davide Greco 7 6212
28. 20 -8 Brian Keck 7 6153
29. 31 2 Graig Alvarez 9 6152
30. 59 29 Micah Hendricks 7 6152
31. 32 1 Evan Batt 8 6145
32. 38 6 Baylor Griffin 9 6140
33. 30 -3 Kyle Apuzzo 17 6129
34. 26 -8 Collin Daley 8 6124
35. 62 27 Carlee Taylor 9 6117
36. 33 -3 Anthony Freese 11 6110
37. 35 -2 Jordan Johnson 12 6067
38. 36 -2 Aaron Bromberek 9 6053
39. 37 -2 Emon Fazlollahi 7 6047
40. 55 15 Remo Ruscitti 7 6038
41. 102 61 Cooper Becklin 7 6024
42. 79 37 Hannah Greenemeier 8 5985
43. 40 -3 Daniel Formal 6 5924
44. 41 -3 Aidan O'Neill 12 5915
45. 48 3 Nick Chivello 11 5826
46. 42 -4 Seth Huntley 7 5815
47. 43 -4 Bryson Lew 9 5807
48. 49 1 Cole O'Connor 10 5802
49. 44 -5 Lucio Masini 10 5787
50. 45 -5 Justin Taylor 7 5739
51. 51 NC Owen Clarke 9 5633
52. 50 -2 Ricky Worley 7 5571
53. 58 5 Annie Rhule 8 5473
54. 53 -1 Michael Stevens 6 5436
55. 52 -3 Zach Schiff 6 5280
56. 54 -2 Cody Elliott 6 5184
57. 60 3 Joe Ruch 6 5027
58. 39 -19 Steffano Lucente 6 5010
59. 47 -12 Pierce Baldus 6 4914
60. 142 82 Antonio de Lis 6 4910
61. 57 -4 Brandon Cusack 6 4734
62. 28 -34 Callum Smith 5 4519
63. 34 -29 Garrett McKelvie 5 4301
64. 63 -1 Ayden Fisher 5 4203
65. 65 NC Dean Heldt 5 4182
66. 66 NC Alex Manglass 5 4070
67. 67 NC Evan Polisky 5 3996
68. 68 NC Jason Henrique 5 3972
69. 69 NC Marco Oldhafer 5 3966
70. 70 NC Farshad Bagheri 5 3946
71. 71 NC Steve Libretto 5 3924
72. 72 NC Cody Hodgson 4 3825
73. - - William Ferguson 4 3623
74. 73 -1 Dalton Egger 4 3609
75. - - Kolton Griffin 4 3592
76. - - Jace Denmark-Gessel 4 3476
77. 77 NC Gavin Bayliff 4 3458
78. - - Noel Dowler 4 3415
79. 74 -5 Giano Taurino 4 3391
80. 80 NC Pablo Carballedo 4 3374
81. - - Ethan Ho 4 3326
82. 81 -1 Keith Spicer 4 3318
83. 56 -27 Colton Timmons 4 3317
84. 84 NC Andrew Byrne 4 3219
85. 87 2 Cole Timmons 4 3180
86. 88 2 Travis Henson 4 3161
87. 89 2 Barry Primus 4 3142
88. 90 2 John Sullivan 4 3132
89. 91 2 Chris Matthew 4 3124
90. 86 -4 Tyler Guilbeault 4 3100
91. 92 1 Sarah Rassmusen 4 3099
92. 93 1 Jake Seidel 4 3098
93. 94 1 Kieran Madden 4 3093
94. 75 -19 Jimmy Cabrera 3 2890
95. 95 NC Joey Wimsett 3 2888
96. 96 NC Vincente Salas 3 2860
97. 98 1 Nic LeDuc 3 2689
98. 100 2 Chase Allard 3 2614
99. 101 2 David Kalb Jr. 3 2613
100. 82 -18 Joshua Conquer 3 2535
101. 104 3 Dillon Johnson 3 2532
102. 61 -41 Robert Bujdoso 3 2520
103. 107 4 Josh Weis 3 2447
104. 108 4 Andrea Nieri 3 2437
105. 139 34 Zack Frank 3 2405
106. 83 -23 Nathan Gilbert 3 2403
107. 109 2 Henry Korn 3 2398
108. 105 -3 Dominic LeGrand 3 2397
109. 110 1 TJ Modonna 3 2347
110. 111 1 Kevin Primus 3 2326
111. 112 1 Jermaine Major 3 2227
112. - - Austin Garrison 2 1984
113. 114 1 Matt Jaskol 2 1958
114. 117 3 Rubens Barrichello 2 1899
115. 115 NC Alex Keyes 2 1898
116. - - Brandon Jarsocrak 2 1851
117. 119 2 Josh Lane 2 1846
118. - - Eduardo Barrichello 2 1819
119. 120 1 Austin Wilkins 2 1810
120. 76 -44 Alejandro Marquez 2 1793
121. 121 NC Liam Snyder 2 1786
122. 122 NC Michael Korody 2 1786
123. 124 1 Ryan P. Lewis 2 1758
124. 125 1 Tim Barber 2 1758
125. 128 3 Tyler Sawyers 2 1731
126. 129 3 Jason Campbell 2 1727
127. 130 3 Cameron Parr 2 1726
128. 132 4 Troy Allard 2 1706
129. 133 4 John Nielsen 2 1697
130. 134 4 Cody Beck 2 1693
131. - - Evan Arnold 2 1690
132. 135 3 Tony Malito 2 1684
133. - - Jesse Webb 2 1670
134. 136 2 Scott Hargrove 2 1667
135. 106 -29 Jacob Pope 2 1664
136. 78 -58 Robert Heck Jr. 2 1662
137. 137 NC David Carmendy 2 1661
138. 138 NC Cameron Egger 2 1659
139. - - Mario Gil 2 1650
140. 140 NC Royal McKee 2 1649
141. 141 NC Justin Luik 2 1648
142. 103 -39 Alan Isambard 2 1639
143. 143 NC Kevin Janders 2 1634
144. 144 NC Tommy Plahitko 2 1616
145. 145 NC Paulo Castagnetti 2 1602
146. 146 NC Bobby Durfee 2 1600
147. - - Clinton Schoombee 2 1599
148. 147 -1 Alex Conlin 2 1596
149. 148 -1 Mike Rivera 2 1595
150. 149 -1 Conner Wick 2 1591
151. 150 -1 James Zucker 2 1586
152. - - Jade Hubert 2 1583
153. 151 -2 Bryan Smith 2 1582
154. 153 -1 Ahmad Barazi 2 1577
155. 85 -70 Derek Proctor 2 1575
156. 154 -2 Matthew Morgan 2 1573
157. 155 -2 Neil Joseph 2 1573
158. 156 -2 Kyle Francis 2 1567
159. 157 -2 Tom Dyer 2 1565
160. 158 -2 Daniel Dibos 2 1556
161. 159 -2 David Schorne 2 1548
162. 160 -2 Vincent Fontecchio 2 1542
163. 161 -2 Anthony Stiffler 2 1540
164. 162 -2 Adam Isman 2 1534
165. 163 -2 Bryson Guzman 2 1534
166. 164 -2 Jeff Westlund 2 1514
167. 165 -2 Amr Sinada 2 1506
168. 166 -2 Mateo DeLeon 2 1506
169. - - David Cardenas 2 1491
170. 167 -3 Mark Willis 2 1488
171. 168 -3 Aaron Dorst 2 1480
172. 251 79 Paolo Castagnetti 2 1439
173. 169 -4 Sam Claes 1 1025
174. - - Davide Fore 1 1005
175. 170 -5 Rodrigo Pflucker 1 954
176. 171 -5 Emiliano Salazar 1 952
177. 172 -5 Philipp Seewer 1 951
178. 123 -55 Michael Ilavia 1 946
179. 173 -6 Blair Hosie 1 936
180. - - Antonio Serravalle 1 927
181. - - Sebastian Montoya 1 923
182. 174 -8 Chase Jones 1 920
183. 175 -8 Zachary Shearer 1 915
184. 177 -7 Waldir Belizario 1 910
185. - - Pedro Lopes 1 903
186. 179 -7 Lucca Croce 1 900
187. 180 -7 Phillip Smith 1 889
188. 181 -7 Jordan Bernloehr 1 879
189. 182 -7 Aaron Snyder 1 870
190. 183 -7 Phillip Davis 1 870
191. 185 -6 Brian Vevil 1 849
192. 186 -6 Bond Roby 1 847
193. 187 -6 Colby Dubato 1 846
194. 188 -6 David Jurca 1 842
195. 189 -6 Brandon Reed 1 838
196. 190 -6 Morgan Long 1 834
197. 191 -6 Nicholas Trumbull 1 834
198. 192 -6 Thane Morgan 1 832
199. 193 -6 Rett Thomas 1 829
200. 194 -6 Arturo Pacifico Griffini 1 825
201. 195 -6 Brian Patterson 1 825
202. - - Jordan Taylor 1 824
203. 196 -7 Jeff Ralph 1 823
204. 197 -7 Steve Jenks 1 823
205. 198 -7 Fred Robertson 1 821
206. 199 -7 Lance Lane 1 821
207. 200 -7 Chris Worthington 1 816
208. 201 -7 Austin Ray Chalman 1 815
209. 202 -7 Brian Nixon 1 815
210. 203 -7 Hal Strauss 1 815
211. 204 -7 Paige Evans 1 814
212. 205 -7 Don McGregor 1 813
213. 206 -7 Harry Voigt 1 812
214. 207 -7 Sam Gerlof 1 812
215. 208 -7 Zoli Sule 1 809
216. 209 -7 Clayton Putman 1 807
217. 210 -7 Cole Mathewson 1 807
218. 211 -7 Jarrett Lile 1 807
219. 212 -7 Tim Sawyers 1 807
220. 213 -7 Vince Berkovich 1 807
221. 214 -7 Daniel Uruena 1 806
222. 215 -7 Kyle Loh 1 806
223. 216 -7 Daniel Barth 1 805
224. 217 -7 John Crow 1 805
225. 218 -7 Michael McCarthy 1 804
226. 219 -7 Steven Crete 1 799
227. 220 -7 Giovanni Shadd 1 798
228. 221 -7 Kris Warning 1 798
229. 223 -6 Monroe Jordan 1 797
230. 224 -6 Bryan Borquez 1 795
231. 225 -6 Rene Palamieri 1 795
232. 227 -5 Sebastian Hazbun 1 792
233. 228 -5 Jacob Parker 1 790
234. 229 -5 Slade Putman 1 790
235. 230 -5 James McAllister 1 786
236. 231 -5 Elliott Mignott 1 785
237. 233 -4 Leonardo Lamelas 1 784
238. 234 -4 Luis Mendez 1 782
239. 235 -4 Patrick Otto Madsen 1 782
240. 236 -4 Steve Siler 1 782
241. 237 -4 Kerry Sherman 1 780
242. 238 -4 Branden Walker 1 779
243. 239 -4 Adam Kramer 1 777
244. 240 -4 Douglas Horton 1 774
245. 241 -4 Juan Pablo Ramirez 1 774
246. 242 -4 Michael Lundeen 1 774
247. 243 -4 Tyler Gonzalez 1 773
248. 244 -4 Zoltan Sule 1 769
249. 245 -4 Carlos Lopes 1 766
250. 246 -4 Brennan Stamner 1 764
251. 152 -99 Mateo Villagomez 1 764
252. 247 -5 Bryan Baird 1 762
253. - - Nate Aranda 1 762
254. 248 -6 Domenico Masi 1 761
255. 249 -6 Patrick Cecilian 1 760
256. 64 -192 Xingran Tang 1 754
257. 118 -139 Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 1 749
258. - - Juan Arenas 1 742
259. 250 -9 Maxwell Stephens 1 721

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