2020 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – TaG – August 28

Deukmedjian takes over top position ahead of Mars and Norberg, all separated by four points

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The last three months have seen a lot of karting since the COVID-19 pandemic put racing on pause. Club programs began the return to racing, with regional and national events following. With racing back, so is the EKN TaG Driver Rankings as we release the first standings since February. A number of events across the country were completed, but it was the United States Pro Kart Series opener and SKUSA Pro Tour rounds at New Castle Motorsports Park that have shaped the current standings, featuring a new number one driver.

Two years ago, Arias Deukmedjian was celebrating a X30 Junior championship at the SKUSA Pro Tour. Now, the sophomore Senior driver with victories at USPKS and SKUSA, has moved to the #1 spot in the EKN Driver Rankings. Deukmedjian (KSNA / Will Power Kart) is the first to overtake the top position from four-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ryan Norberg since October 2017. The leading candidate for top Senior rookie in 2020 is Luca Mars, who also jumped above Norberg. Mars (SCR / Redspeed) had a consistent six races at the SKUSA Pro Tour, finishing top-six in each round. That earned him the SKUSA #2 plate for the 2021 season. Norberg (RPG / Kosmic) saw his ‘Drive for Five’ come up short, unable to reach the top of the podium in the six rounds of racing at New Castle Motorsports Park, ending up fifth in the SKUSA standings. Now, he sits third in the Driver Rankings after holding the top spot for 33 months. The battle for the #1 spot is not over, with only four points separating the top three.

The driver to end Norberg’s championship streak is Senior rookie Bryson Morris (RPG / Kosmic) – sitting fourth in the Driver Rankings. The driver from Tennessee garnered the home track advantage and stomped the SKUSA field both weekends for three victories in five rounds of racing. A rib injury forced him to sit out the final round in New Castle after clinching the championship in the penultimate round. Keeping himself in the top-five is Brandon Jarsocrak (MDR / Kosmic) after a challenging SKUSA double weekend, ending up sixth in the final SKUSA title chase. Next to Norberg, Jarsocrak has been among the top TaG drivers over the last five years with three straight USPKS titles. Jarsocrak leads the 2020 USPKS standings heading into the second event this weekend at Road America.

Dropping out of the top-five to sixth is Hannah Greenemeier (RPG / Kosmic). The top female driver in the TaG Driver Rankings was close to becoming the first female driver to win a SKUSA Pro Tour race. She improved her score slightly from February, but fell two positions. Two drivers used the USPKS weekend and six rounds of racing for the SKUSA Pro Tour to put themselves back into the top-10. Braden Eves and Phil Arscott both found the top step of the podium. Eves (KSNA / Will Power Kart) had a provisional victory taken away on the opening SKUSA weekend but ended the event with victory in the final round. The 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship title winner finished fourth in the SKUSA championship standings. Arscott, the 2009 US Rotax Grand Nationals winner, put himself back into the top-10 for the first time since his run as two-time Challenge of the Americas champion in 2013-2014. Arscott scored victory at the USPKS weekend and was among the quick drivers throughout the SKUSA event, finishing seventh in the title chase.

Holding strong in ninth is Canadian Thomas Nepveu (PSL / Birel ART), improving his score by over 200 points. Coming off a win at the ROK Fest East, Nepveu was among the quickest drivers throughout the SKUSA Pro Tour event with two pole positions, just unable to translate it into strong finishes in the Finals. Breaking into the top-10 is Pauly Massimino (MDR / Kosmic). The 2019 KA100 Senior SuperNationals winner sits second in the USPKS standings and earned his first SKUSA Pro Tour podium finish in the final round at New Castle. That elevated him up 14 positions to the tenth spot.

2020 could be the year of the rookies with six in the top-20 as of August. Mars and Morris are joined by Jonathan Portz (RPG / Kosmic), Santiago Trisini (Nash / Tony Kart), Branyon Tiner (RPG / Kosmic) and Cole Morgan (Tony Kart).


Upcoming EKN TaG Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
8/30/20 Colorado Karting Tour #6 Rotax Senior IMI Motorsports Dacono, CO 8
9/5/20 United States Pro Kart Series #3 X30 Pro CTECH Man. Motorplex at Road America Elkhart Lake, WI 9
9/6/20 United States Pro Kart Series #4 X30 Pro CTECH Man. Motorplex at Road America Elkhart Lake, WI 9
9/13/20 California Rok Championship #4 Senior ROK Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8.5
9/13/20 Colorado Karting Tour #7 Rotax Senior Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction, CO 8
9/13/20 Los Angeles Karting Championship #8 X30 Pro CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8
9/13/20 Rok Sonoma #6 Senior Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8
9/13/20 Texas Sprint Racing Series #5 X30 Senior Speedsportz Racing Park New Caney, TX 8
9/19/20 Rotax Grand Nationals Rotax Senior Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, NC 9
9/20/20 Rok Fest West Senior Rok Simraceway Performance Karting Center Sonoma, CA 8.5
9/27/20 California ProKart Challenge #6 X30 Senior TBD 9
9/27/20 Colorado Karting Tour #8 Rotax Senior Action Karting Morrison, CO 8
9/27/20 F-Series Gearup Challenge #7 Formula TaG New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8
9/27/20 F-Series Gearup Challenge #7 Formula 125 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ 8

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NEW TaG #1 – Arias Deukmedjian
Merritt Island, Florida

Over the course of five weeks, Arias Deukmedjian has made his case to be the top TaG driver in North America. Deukmedjian won at the UPSKS opener on the Will Power Kart, and gave Kart Republic victory at the SKUSA Pro Tour event. Deukmedjian gained the SKUSA #3 plate for 2021 with four podium finishes in six rounds. Two DNFs hurt his chances for a better position in the final title standings. Arias has room to improve his score with USPKS this weekend at Road America, where he is fifth in the championship standings.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA Winter Series 2020 #3 9 2 1014
SKUSA Winter Series 2020 #4 9 1 1024
United States Pro Kart Series ’20 #1 9 1 1036
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 9.5 2 1087
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 9.5 1 1094
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 9.5 2 1083
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #6 9.5 3 1072

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.71
Average Points: 1058.6
Total Points: 7410

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TaG #2 – Luca Mars
Sewickley, Pennsylvania

The two weekends that made up the 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour was a consistent effort put in by Mars. 2020 is the rookie Senior season for the 14-year-old, stepping up early and quickly. A podium at the Florida Winter Tour built the confidence, and the SKUSA Pro Tour event was the big show. Mars drove to the ‘Cycle’, placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in the six rounds of racing. The six top-six finishes helped Mars earn the SKUSA #2 plate for the 2021 season. The young driver was showing a lot of maturity against the veteran big guns at New Castle.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #2 9 3 996
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #1 9.5 6 1043
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 9.5 1 1098
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #3 9.5 2 1087
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 9.5 3 1072
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 9.5 5 1050
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #6 9.5 4 1061

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.43
Average Points: 1058.1
Total Points: 7407

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TaG #3 – Ryan Norberg
Orlando, Florida

The ‘Drive for Five’ did not pan out as Ryan Norberg had hoped. The four-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion had the bullseye on him from the moment karts hit the track on the opening weekend, and remained there until the final lap of the six-round marathon. What began in 2016, ended with a valiant effort put in by the three-time EKN Driver of the Year. Do not count Norberg out just yet for a fourth straight honor here in the Driver Rankings, with the top three separated by just four points and much more racing to go on in the final four months of the year.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2019 10 8 1073
Florida Winter Tour 2020 #2 9 1 1016
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #1 9.5 4 1065
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 9.5 3 1076
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #3 9.5 3 1076
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 9.5 7 1028
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 9.5 3 1072

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.14
Average Points: 1058
Total Points: 7406


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 TaG Driver Rankings – as August 28, 2020

Pos. Feb. 28 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 20 19 Arias Deukmedjian 12 7410
2. 22 20 Luca Mars 16 7407
3. 1 -2 Ryan Norberg 21 7406
4. 109 105 Bryson Morris 12 7379
5. 2 -3 Brandon Jarsocrak 10 7348
6. 4 -2 Hannah Greenemeier 13 7135
7. 119 112 Braden Eves 8 7134
8. 287 279 Phillip Arscott 8 7129
9. 9 NC Thomas Nepveu 16 7009
10. 24 14 Pauly Massimino 8 6884
11. 12 1 Jake Drew 13 6817
12. 8 -4 Jacob Gulick 19 6810
13. 14 1 Diego Ramos 8 6772
14. 169 155 Jonathan Portz 13 6761
15. 89 74 Santiago Trisini 13 6729
16. 5 -11 Christian Brooks 9 6724
17. 11 -6 Brandon Lemke 12 6654
18. 162 144 Branyon Tiner 16 6617
19. 61 42 Aaron Benoit 15 6605
20. 216 196 Cole Morgan 9 6592
21. 21 NC Jace Denmark-Gessel 10 6566
22. 166 144 Olin Galli 10 6495
23. 17 -6 Joey Brienza 23 6411
24. 134 110 Diego Contecha 10 6408
25. 30 5 Jenson Altzman 24 6237
26. 23 -3 Bijoy Garg 7 6218
27. 25 -2 Edward Portz 8 6217
28. 189 161 Ryan Shehan 14 6191
29. 93 64 Emiliano Richards 8 6130
30. 68 38 Finnegan Bayliff 10 6112
31. 140 109 Hayden Jones 12 6099
32. 32 NC Colby DuBato 7 6011
33. 115 82 Luke Lange 10 6001
34. 51 17 Patrick Woods-Toth 7 6000
35. 50 15 Reilly Cann 16 5974
36. 37 1 Colin Warren 7 5973
37. 47 10 Ryan Martin 10 5962
38. 112 74 Ethan Ho 10 5955
39. 57 18 Zachary Claman-Demelo 7 5920
40. 138 98 Jeshua Allanell 7 5679
41. 88 47 Pablo Perez de Lara 7 5653
42. 107 65 Enrico de Lucca 6 5522
43. 361 318 Lucas Fecury 7 5426
44. 69 25 Jack Scanlon 10 5396
45. - - Zach Holden 6 5359
46. - - Renato Jader David 7 5289
47. 31 -16 Joseph Daniele 6 5239
48. - - Jorge Quiroz 7 5230
49. 6 -43 Alex Bertagnoli 6 5210
50. 48 -2 Dante Yu 6 5102
51. - - George Megennis 6 4910
52. 3 -49 Trey Brown 6 4746
53. 167 114 Liam Letzsch 5 4494
54. 272 218 Michael Mallardi 6 4425
55. 40 -15 Filip Niemkiewicz 5 4148
56. 16 -40 Billy Musgrave 5 4138
57. 19 -38 Travis Wiley 5 4117
58. 62 4 Justin White 5 4104
59. 18 -41 Sebastian Montoya 5 4092
60. 97 37 Massimo Sanchez-Lara 5 3971
61. 196 135 Aidan Fox 5 3874
62. 28 -34 Matthew Duncovich 5 3872
63. 92 29 Ricardo Escotto 5 3821
64. 268 204 Robert Megennis 5 3816
65. 90 25 Axel Cabrera 4 3783
66. 73 7 Nick Ramirez 4 3740
67. 110 43 Oliver Calvo 4 3712
68. 129 61 Louie Westover 4 3648
69. 133 64 Joao Renato Corbellini 4 3546
70. 111 41 Griffin Dowler 4 3530
71. 142 71 Nolan Bower 4 3339
72. 49 -23 Elliott Budzinski 4 3246
73. 26 -47 Collin Daley 4 3230
74. 85 11 Luigi Lucciani 4 3230
75. 74 -1 Bryce Stevens 4 3221
76. 29 -47 Brenden Baker 4 3211
77. 222 145 Logan Mueller 4 3204
78. 99 21 Gunnar Bischoff 4 3203
79. 147 68 Nicholas Terlecki 4 3153
80. 125 45 Brennan Hanville 4 3132
81. 80 -1 Samuel Ruck 4 3107
82. 124 42 Felipe Carvajal-Salvany 4 3083
83. 34 -49 Matthew Mockabee 4 2924
84. 205 121 Valentin Andrieux 4 2903
85. 35 -50 Kaden Gray 3 2706
86. 130 44 Nicholas Hornbostel 3 2643
87. 208 121 Ashley Rogero 3 2636
88. 55 -33 Dakota White 3 2613
89. 59 -30 Emma Delattre 3 2602
90. 213 123 Gianluca Savaglio 3 2589
91. 170 79 Airel Jimenez 3 2572
92. 58 -34 William Ferguson 3 2557
93. 178 85 Matheus Morgatto 3 2485
94. 319 225 Tyler Snow 3 2478
95. 251 156 Nicky Palladino 3 2477
96. 181 85 Andre Nicastro 3 2470
97. - - Adrian Cruz 3 2469
98. 53 -45 Eddie Shimmon 3 2467
99. - - Jack Harmuth 3 2445
100. 46 -54 Alejandro Jaramillo 3 2438
101. 244 143 Dylan Beckwith 3 2423
102. 113 11 Ryan MacDermid 3 2405
103. 252 149 Cody Gillis 3 2391
104. 156 52 Arul Venkatesh 3 2382
105. 266 161 Julian Nazario 3 2363
106. 143 37 Alex Nowysz 3 2338
107. - - Haopeng Zhang 3 2308
108. 204 96 Rodrigo de Colombres Jr. 3 2209
109. 269 160 Greg Campos 3 2193
110. - - Sam Paley 3 2109
111. - - Jacob Heavlow 3 2065
112. 207 95 Ben Cooper 2 2057
113. 65 -48 Jake Craig 2 2049
114. 87 -27 Sullivan Sherill 3 1996
115. 10 -105 Oliver Hodgson 2 1967
116. 118 2 Joshua Car 2 1916
117. 13 -104 Colin Neal 2 1896
118. 64 -54 Zachary Hollingshead 2 1896
119. 210 91 Leonardo Fornaroli 2 1887
120. 211 91 Joey Atanasio 2 1867
121. 212 91 Santino Ferrucci 2 1826
122. 215 93 Taylor Barnard 2 1775
123. 82 -41 Armin Cavkusic 2 1771
124. 172 48 Brett Mitchell 2 1725
125. 94 -31 Erin Cassels 2 1716
126. 218 92 Kyle Cassels 2 1716
127. - - Kyle Ford 2 1711
128. - - Jason Holycross 2 1709
129. - - Blake Nash 2 1689
130. 149 19 Julia Boos 2 1680
131. 95 -36 Dylan Towne 2 1672
132. - - Macy Williams 2 1670
133. 54 -79 Nick Persing 2 1656
134. 225 91 Miguel Mier 2 1654
135. - - Connor Ferris 2 1637
136. 231 95 Levente Revesz 2 1632
137. - - Kevin Raventos 2 1630
138. 232 94 Javier Tejeda 2 1622
139. 186 47 David Pergande 2 1620
140. 238 98 Tavish McGrain 2 1618
141. 234 93 Shay Dokken 2 1605
142. 253 111 Xavier Carde 2 1605
143. 348 205 Austin Reichl 2 1597
144. 44 -100 Tyler Ferris 2 1596
145. 38 -107 Tahlon Yockel 2 1595
146. 367 221 Jared Ramnarayan 2 1594
147. 144 -3 Cooper Heffley 2 1591
148. 43 -105 Michael Tejeda 2 1589
149. 202 53 Ian Quinn 2 1585
150. 86 -64 Rithik Ranadive 2 1582
151. 243 92 Adam Mallalieu 2 1581
152. - - Dylan Dietel 2 1572
153. 246 93 Rodrigo Piquet 2 1571
154. 197 43 Cody Diggs 2 1569
155. - - Chris Dietel 2 1564
156. - - Margot Murphy 2 1564
157. - - Collin Haun 2 1549
158. 254 96 Adriano Motta 2 1548
159. 83 -76 Nicholas Andries 2 1547
160. 332 172 Joshua Baak 2 1545
161. 168 7 Ben Varner 2 1543
162. 366 204 Leheng Li 2 1534
163. - - Kenny Elwood 2 1524
164. 158 -6 Ricardo Lechuga 2 1510
165. 264 99 Pablo Haro 2 1505
166. 267 101 Justin Dittrich 2 1499
167. 116 -51 Terrin Odom 2 1492
168. 72 -96 Jacob Andrew 2 1450
169. 100 -69 Tyler Lemp 2 1440
170. 274 104 Mariana Reyes 2 1387
171. 15 -156 Jake Venberg 2 1378
172. 279 107 Nicolas Baptiste 2 1285
173. 280 107 Dawson Svoboda 2 1245
174. 160 -14 Danny Keirle 1 1142
175. 117 -58 Jak Crawford 1 1131
176. 281 105 Adam Lindstrom 1 992
177. 282 105 Euan Wilson 1 981
178. 283 105 Enzo Prando 1 977
179. 209 30 Eduardo Barrichello 1 966
180. 284 104 Robin Knutsson 1 958
181. 285 104 Matt Johnson 1 952
182. 286 104 Miklas Born 1 923
183. 56 -127 Brandon Simeone 1 894
184. 288 104 Toby Webb 1 889
185. 173 -12 Sonny Cervelli 1 884
186. 41 -145 Austin McCusker 1 865
187. - - Dominic Giansiracusa 1 860
188. 293 105 Allan Croce 1 854
189. 220 31 Diego Ortiz 1 852
190. 171 -19 Gavin Bayliff 1 852
191. - - Maomao Xu 1 849
192. - - Jason Conzo 1 840
193. 298 105 Jared Korth 1 835
194. 300 106 Mateo Villagomez 1 833
195. 302 107 Robert Soroka 1 833
196. - - Clare Tracy 1 831
197. - - Tommy Traylor 1 828
198. - - Chloe Chambers 1 824
199. 153 -46 Matt Goddard 1 820
200. - - Mikhail Kalugin 1 817
201. 236 35 Calvin Wetzel 1 814
202. 311 109 Nalin Shah 1 813
203. 317 114 Daniel Callegaris Costa 1 812
204. 312 108 Jordan Jadallah 1 812
205. - - Austin Monte 1 805
206. 123 -83 Marcus Rodriguez 1 804
207. 122 -85 Sandler Hoffman 1 804
208. 164 -44 Jack Manzari 1 803
209. - - Jason Leung 1 800
210. 120 -90 Branden Underwood 1 798
211. - - Mark Boos 1 797
212. 326 114 David Sera 1 796
213. - - Nick Monte 1 796
214. - - Chris Verrino 1 786
215. - - Mario Bianco 1 786
216. - - Viraj Bhalla 1 786
217. 301 84 Nicola Zecchinato 1 783
218. 337 119 Adam Ali 1 781
219. 339 120 Rafael Diaz 1 781
220. - - Taylor Moss 1 778
221. - - Thomas Radivoy 1 778
222. - - Sam McDougall 1 776
223. 194 -29 Alex Siragusa 1 773
224. 195 -29 Landen Wilkins 1 773
225. 342 117 Zachary Will 1 771
226. - - Andre Lafond 1 770
227. - - Dylan Thurman 1 765
228. - - Ryan Punsalan 1 761
229. - - Dylan Amundsen 1 758
230. - - Morgan Lebaron 1 744
231. 358 127 Martin Freire 1 742
232. 359 127 Emil Abed-Green 1 740
233. 360 127 Mark Davis 1 740
234. 362 128 Andrew Maciel 1 732
235. 191 -44 Daniel Fellows 1 730
236. 365 129 Tim Horrell 1 714
237. 114 -123 Cade Downes 1 701
238. 368 130 Logan Cusson 1 689
239. 139 -100 Conrad Krawiec 1 678
240. 369 129 Scott Falcone 1 658
241. 370 129 Nicolas Daza 1 648
242. 270 28 Joe Innes 1 637
243. 371 128 Alessandro Famularo 1 635
244. 104 -140 Paige Evans 1 617
245. 372 127 Marco Sliva 1 596

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