2020 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Shifterkart – August 28, 2020

French sets the bar as Formal and Myers keep fight close at the top

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To say the 2020 karting season has been unique is an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic halted racing, and along with that, delayed the progress of the eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings. Racing resumed at the beginning of June and programs around the country adjusted their calendars to fit in all the racing that was originally scheduled. Fresh off the SKUSA Pro Tour Summer Festival, EKN has compiled the last three months of results to calculate the updated Shifterkart standings.

The same driver remains at the top of the EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings – Jake French (PSL / Birel ART). French has been one of the top drivers since the middle of 2019 in his return to fulltime karting. The Texan is quick in both SKUSA and ROK competition, thus putting him at the top as we venture toward the end of the 2020 season. Jumping up to second is three-time SKUSA SuperNationals winner Daniel Formal (ANSA / CL). It could be Formal at the top of the standings had the KZ category in Vegas been part of the EKN Driver Rankings, where he won in 2019 to join the three-win club. Formal won the ROK Cup USA event, and came back to win the international KZ division on SuperSunday, which has not been part of the EKN Driver Rankings since 2009. Third in the standings is new two-time SKUSA champion AJ Myers (Magik). It was an impressive end of the Summer Festival for the Florida driver to claim his second title in three years. Today’s top-three have all shown their strong no matter the engine platform.

For a second straight year, Andrew Bujdoso (Magik) has put himself in the mix as top shifterkart driver in the USA. Victory to open up the SKUSA Pro Tour for a second straight year, Bujdoso retained the SKUSA #3 plate following the six rounds of racing through the double weekend event. Add in his first Florida Winter Tour victory and two runner-up results in New Castle could put him in the hunt for the #1 by the end of the year. Completing the top-five is last year’s Pro Shifter 2 champion Race Liberante (Race Factory). The California native had an amazing 2019, yet has seen some tough attempts to try and match it moving up to the Pro class. His wins at the Rock Island Grand Prix and SuperNationals, along with P4 at ROK the RIO remain on his total score. Liberante will need to garner some strong results at the end of the year at the big events to keep himself toward the top after a struggle at the SKUSA Pro Tour.

Dropping out of the top-five is 2019 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Kyle Wick (RPG / Tony Kart). Six rounds of racing in two weekends is a tough way to defend a championship, and Wick only stood on the podium once in the six rounds at New Castle. Up three positions to seventh is Rory van der Steur (Magik). The Maryland driver finished in every top-five position at the SKUSA Pro Tour after recording a DNF in the opening round. Rory will carry the SKUSA #2 plate for 2021 after the Magik trio swept the top-three in the SKUSA championship chase.

Down four spots to eighth is four-time SKUSA SuperNationals winner Billy Musgrave. 2020 is a new look for Musgrave, working with the new USA-made Factory Kart. Musgrave battled gremlins and engine issues, coming out of New Castle with a best finish of fourth three-times during the two weekends. With a runner-up at Rock Island GP and win at the SuperNationals, Musgrave will need to fill out some results in the final run of 2020 to keep himself in the top-10. In his first full season in Pro Shifter, Devon Smith-Harden has solidified a spot in the top-10. The HMG / CompKart driver started out the SummerFest with a third-place podium finish, but was unable to return throughout the final five rounds. Closing out the top-10 is California ROK Championship point leader Cole Shade (GFC). Shade was vice-champion in the shortened Challenge of the Americas program this winter and is coming off victory at CalSpeed to take the top spot in the summer series heading to the finale next month.

On the move includes 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour Pro Shifter 2 champion Vincente Salas (Factory Kart), just short of the top-10 in the P13 slot. Salas has been impressive this season, starting out with the SKUSA Winter Series title and came out of New Castle with two wins and three runner-up results. Also impressive is the debut of Josh Pierson (RPG / Kosmic) to the shifterkart ranks. Pierson, who was the SKUSA #3 plate holder in X30 Junior, moved to Pro Shifter 2 for the Summer Festival. The driver from Oregon racked up two wins and four total podium results to finish second behind Salas. If he adds a seventh race, he can put himself inside the top-20 for sure.


Upcoming EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
8/30/20 Colorado Karting Tour #6 Open Shifter IMI Motorsports Dacono, CO 8
9/6/20 Rock Island Grand Prix King of the Streets RIGP Circuit Rock Island, IL 9
9/13/20 California Rok Championship #4 Shifter Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8.5
9/13/20 Colorado Karting Tour #7 Open Shifter Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction, CO 8
9/13/20 Los Angeles Karting Championship #8 Pro Shifter CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8
9/13/20 Texas Sprint Racing Series #5 Shifter Speedsportz Racing Park New Caney, TX 8
9/20/20 Rok Fest West Senior Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8.5
9/27/20 California ProKart Challenge #6 Pro Shifter TBD 8.5
9/27/20 California ProKart Challenge #6 Pro Shifter 2 TBD 8
9/27/20 Colorado Karting Tour #8 Open Shifter Action Karting Morrison, CO 8
9/27/20 F-Series Gearup Challenge #7 Formula Shifter New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8
9/27/20 F-Series Gearup Challenge #7 KZ2 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8


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Shifterkart #1 – Jake French
Rockwell, Texas

It is safe to say, Jake French has been the best shifterkart driver over the past 12 months. That’s exactly what the EKN Driver Rankings measures, and French has put in the results to hold the #1 position. All seven of his results are podiums, including runner-up at the SuperNationals. Two Challenge of the Americas wins could have been the run he needed to earn the series championship, had COVID-19 not forced the cancellation of the finale in March. It was mixed results in New Castle for French with three podium results in the opening four rounds. French finished fifth in the final SKUSA standings.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2019 – Pro 10 2 1057
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
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #1 – Pro 9.5 2 1002
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 – Pro 9.5 3 992
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 – Pro 9.5 1 1003

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.14
Average Points: 1009.6
Total Points: 7067

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Shifterkart #2 – Danny Formal
San Jose, Costa Rica

While he now calls Costa Rica home, there is no doubt that Danny Formal is one of the most versatile drivers in North America over the last decade. A five-time US Rotax Grand Nationals champion, three-time SuperNationals winner, and 2016 SKUSA Pro Tour champion are just some of the accolades on Formal’s CV. His double win month in Vegas last November puts him in the talks as the top shifterkart driver in North America even today. Formal had the speed throughout the two weekends in New Castle for the SKUSA Pro Tour, just not the luck to stand on top of the podium. Can he repeat those victories in Vegas for 2020?

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
ROK the RIO 2019 9.5 1 1096
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #1 9 4 995
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #3 9 2 999
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 – Pro 9.5 4 982
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #3 – Pro 9.5 3 992
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 – Pro 9.5 3 983
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 – Pro 9.5 2 993

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.71
Average Points: 1005.7
Total Points: 7040

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Shifterkart #3 – AJ Myers
Tampa, Florida

Myers made history at the SKUSA Pro Tour Summer Festival. Myers is only the second driver to become a two-time champion in the headline shifterkart division on the SKUSA Pro Tour. Fritz Leesmann won in 2010 and 2012. Myers won 2018 and now 2020, in similar fashion. It took two wins in the final two rounds to solidify himself as the champion just days ago. Myers did the same thing in 2018 at the same facility. Add in the Florida Winter Tour championship over both Formal and French, Myers has the advantage in the hardware department over the top-two.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #1 9 1 1026
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #2 9 4 999
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #3 9 3 989
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #3 – Pro 9.5 1 1012
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 – Pro 9.5 2 993
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 – Pro 9.5 1 1003
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #6 – Pro 9.5 1 1003

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.86
Average Points: 1003.6
Total Points: 7025


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.


eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – Shifterkart – as of August 28, 2020

Pos. Feb. 28 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Jake French 17 7067
2. 43 41 Daniel Formal 11 7040
3. 3 NC AJ Myers 11 7025
4. 6 2 Andrew Bujdoso 11 6901
5. 8 3 Race Liberante 16 6885
6. 5 -1 Kyle Wick 11 6854
7. 10 3 Rory van der Steur 13 6853
8. 4 -4 Billy Musgrave 7 6828
9. 22 13 Devon Smith-Harden 11 6677
10. 11 1 Cole Shade 14 6644
11. 7 -4 Hunter Pickett 12 6627
12. 9 -3 Kol Bailey 8 6615
13. 96 83 Vincente Salas 7 6594
14. 24 10 Kyle Kennedy 9 6512
15. 77 62 Gavin Bayliff 9 6361
16. 32 16 Baylor Griffin 10 6357
17. 36 19 Anthony Freese 8 6304
18. 26 8 Brenden Ruzbarsky 13 6299
19. 12 -7 Keawn Tandon 9 6280
20. 53 33 Annie Rhule 12 6240
21. 33 12 Kyle Apuzzo 10 6221
22. 18 -4 Worawong Komarakul 7 6210
23. 68 45 Jason Henrique 7 6135
24. 59 35 Pierce Baldus 7 6077
25. 44 19 Aidan O'Neill 8 5900
26. 81 55 Ethan Ho 7 5788
27. 45 18 Nick Chivello 7 5775
28. 30 2 Micah Hendricks 6 5479
29. - - Josh Pierson 6 5447
30. 73 43 William Ferguson 6 5328
31. 35 4 Carlee Taylor 6 5196
32. 14 -18 Enzo Prevost 6 4982
33. 2 -31 Mathias Ramirez 5 4978
34. 60 26 Antonio de Lis 6 4945
35. 47 12 Bryson Lew 6 4869
36. 37 1 Jordan Johnson 5 4603
37. 20 -17 Vincenzo Sarracino 5 4511
38. 19 -19 Mark Snyder 5 4407
39. 28 -11 Brian Keck 5 4389
40. 76 36 Jace Denmark-Gessel 5 4369
41. 41 NC Cooper Becklin 5 4364
42. 42 NC Hannah Greenemeier 5 4216
43. 25 -18 Zachary Hollingshead 4 3665
44. 259 215 Michael Stevens 4 3629
45. 75 30 Kolton Griffin 4 3592
46. 34 -12 Collin Daley 4 3570
47. 15 -32 Zach Pettinicchi 4 3443
48. 64 16 Ayden Fisher 4 3431
49. 78 29 Noel Dowler 4 3415
50. 27 -23 Davide Greco 4 3408
51. 101 50 Dillon Johnson 4 3334
52. 65 13 Dean Heldt 4 3327
53. - - Josh Campbell 4 3290
54. 51 -3 Owen Clarke 4 3165
55. 112 57 Austin Garrison 3 2953
56. 114 58 Rubens Barrichello 3 2828
57. 97 40 Nic LeDuc 3 2722
58. - - Jordon Musser 3 2705
59. - - Gustavo Yacaman 3 2658
60. 117 57 Josh Lane 3 2634
61. 31 -30 Evan Batt 3 2588
62. 79 17 Giano Taurino 3 2585
63. 48 -15 Cole O'Connor 3 2552
64. 57 -7 Joe Ruch 3 2552
65. 38 -27 Aaron Bromberek 3 2496
66. 103 37 Josh Weis 3 2484
67. 49 -18 Lucio Masini 3 2461
68. 187 119 Phillip Smith 3 2432
69. 152 83 Jade Hubert 3 2431
70. 151 81 James Zucker 3 2394
71. 90 19 Tyler Guilbeault 3 2362
72. 40 -32 Remo Ruscitti 2 1973
73. 113 40 Matt Jaskol 2 1958
74. 116 42 Brandon Jarsocrak 2 1851
75. 16 -59 Connor Robles 2 1846
76. 118 42 Eduardo Barrichello 2 1819
77. 39 -38 Emon Fazlollahi 2 1808
78. 56 -22 Cody Elliott 2 1788
79. 181 102 Sebastian Montoya 2 1741
80. 55 -25 Zach Schiff 2 1731
81. - - Alan Sciuto 2 1729
82. 132 50 Tony Malito 2 1700
83. 131 48 Evan Arnold 2 1690
84. 133 49 Jesse Webb 2 1670
85. 139 54 Mario Gil 2 1650
86. - - Edward Portz 2 1648
87. 29 -58 Graig Alvarez 2 1630
88. - - Ayrton Little 2 1613
89. 125 36 Tyler Sawyers 2 1612
90. 108 18 Dominic LeGrand 2 1603
91. 147 56 Clinton Schoombee 2 1599
92. - - Michael Dozois 2 1594
93. - - Alex Ollig 2 1578
94. - - Adam White 2 1576
95. 157 62 Neil Joseph 2 1573
96. 23 -73 Ron White 2 1546
97. 169 72 David Cardenas 2 1491
98. 172 74 Paolo Castagnetti 2 1439
99. 72 -27 Cody Hodgson 1 1036
100. 94 -6 Jimmy Cabrera 1 1030
101. 173 72 Sam Claes 1 1025
102. 17 -85 Calvin Ming 1 1015
103. 174 71 Davide Fore 1 1005
104. 74 -30 Dalton Egger 1 1004
105. 95 -10 Joey Wimsett 1 983
106. 119 13 Austin Wilkins 1 972
107. 175 68 Rodrigo Pflucker 1 954
108. 176 68 Emiliano Salazar 1 952
109. 177 68 Philipp Seewer 1 951
110. 180 70 Antonio Serravalle 1 927
111. 182 71 Chase Jones 1 920
112. 184 72 Waldir Belizario 1 910
113. 126 13 Jason Campbell 1 909
114. 185 71 Pedro Lopes 1 903
115. 186 71 Lucca Croce 1 900
116. 66 -50 Alex Manglass 1 888
117. 98 -19 Chase Allard 1 880
118. 62 -56 Callum Smith 1 879
119. 188 69 Jordan Bernloehr 1 879
120. 58 -62 Steffano Lucente 1 877
121. 189 68 Aaron Snyder 1 870
122. - - Colton Aldridge 1 864
123. - - Philip Craycraft 1 856
124. 130 6 Cody Beck 1 850
125. 192 67 Bond Roby 1 847
126. - - Kent Vaccaro 1 847
127. 141 14 Justin Luik 1 844
128. 128 0 Troy Allard 1 841
129. - - Ryan Franke 1 838
130. 238 108 Luis Mendez 1 837
131. 127 -4 Cameron Parr 1 831
132. 197 65 Nicholas Trumbull 1 831
133. 200 67 Arturo Pacifico Griffini 1 825
134. - - Macy Williams 1 825
135. 202 67 Jordan Taylor 1 824
136. 163 27 Anthony Stiffler 1 822
137. 206 69 Lance Lane 1 821
138. - - Chase Pflughaupt 1 820
139. 204 65 Steve Jenks 1 820
140. - - Jacob Gulick 1 818
141. 210 69 Hal Strauss 1 815
142. - - Karson Potter 1 814
143. - - Filip Niemkiewicz 1 812
144. - - Nathan Bley 1 811
145. 216 71 Clayton Putman 1 807
146. 218 72 Jarrett Lile 1 807
147. 224 77 John Crow 1 805
148. - - Cody Russel 1 803
149. 144 -5 Tommy Plahitko 1 802
150. 227 77 Giovanni Shadd 1 798
151. 234 83 Slade Putman 1 790
152. - - Kyle Cuthbertson 1 784
153. 85 -68 Cole Timmons 1 782
154. 242 88 Branden Walker 1 775
155. 124 -31 Tim Barber 1 772
156. 231 75 Rene Palamieri 1 770
157. - - Ryan Rudolph 1 767
158. 159 1 Tom Dyer 1 766
159. 253 94 Nate Aranda 1 762
160. - - Cory Milne 1 761
161. 107 -54 Henry Korn 1 758
162. 105 -57 Zack Frank 1 752
163. - - Luise Martinez 1 750
164. 257 93 Antonio Pizzonia Jr. 1 749
165. 208 43 Austin Ray Chalman 1 742
166. 258 92 Juan Arenas 1 742
167. 52 -115 Ricky Worley 1 701

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