2020 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – TaG – Final

Deukmedjian and Mars finish tied for first ever co-#1 drivers to end season

Arias Deukmedjian and Luca Mars (Photo: EKN)

The final club and regional events of the 2020 season have finally concluded here in the United States for the sport of karting. It was a busy season with the COVID-19 pandemic that saw numerous events rescheduled, with nearly all of the races on the EKN Driver Rankings schedule conducted as the industry and those in the sport endured one of the most challenging years in history. As we look to turn the calendar over to 2021, we review the end results of the 2020 season, including the EKN TaG Driver Rankings. For the first time ever in the 16-year history of the program on the website, the standings end in a tie with Arias Deukmedjian and Luca Mars finishing the last 12 months with the same total over their best seven-point results.

Two drivers who have consistently been toward the front of the TaG fields in 2020 include Deukmedjian and Mars. Deukmedjian (KSNA / Kart Republic / Will Power Kart) finished 31st last year in the standings, running selected events in his rookie season at the Senior level. The 2018 SKUSA Pro Tour X30 Junior champion had a breakout year in 2020, beginning with a victory at the SKUSA Winter Series finale. Once racing resumed after the COVID-19 shutdown, Arias won at the USPKS series opener. He then went on to earn four podium finishes at the SKUSA Pro Tour, including a victory, ending up with the SKUSA #3 plate. Deukmedjian added another victory at the USPKS, finishing the standings in fifth. The Florida driver traveled to Europe at the end of 2020 to compete at the FIA Karting World Championships with Kart Republic.

Arias Deukmedjian (Photo: EKN)

Mars (SCR / Redspeed) ended his Junior career strong last year, representing the USA at the Academy Trophy and overcoming a broken wrist. 2020 was his rookie Senior season and made it memorable. The season began with a vice-championship at the Florida Winter Tour in Senior ROK while finishing seventh in the SKUSA Winter Series standings. Like Deukmedjian, Mars stood out as a top contender at the SKUSA Summer Festival. In a six-round, two weekend marathon Mars hit the ‘cycle’ finishing in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. The victory marked his first SKUSA Pro Tour triumph in X30 Senior, finishing the championship in second for the SKUSA #2 plate in 2021. Add in a United States Rotax Grand Nationals victory, finishing sixth in USPKS standings and P9 at ROK the RIO, Mars was in contention all of 2020.

Shuffling continued for the top-three, as Bryson Morris (RPG / Kosmic) leaped up to the third spot to close out 2020. The 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour champion in X30 Senior and KA100 Senior began the year with a best finish of seventh at the SKUSA Winter Series. Following the COVID-19 lockdown, Morris earned his first podium result at the USPKS 2020 opener. He then pulled the trigger with three wins in the five rounds he contested at the SKUSA Pro Tour to earn the championship in his rookie season. A rib injury put him on the sidelines for the remainder of 2020, which hurt his chances at fighting for the #1 position in the EKN TaG Driver Rankings.

Luca Mars (Photo: EKN)

Falling out of the top-three is four-time SKUSA champion Ryan Norberg (RPG / Kosmic). Norberg lost his SuperNats 23 result from last year, unable to replace it with a large enough point result to keep him in the top-three. The 2020 season, while not what he set out for, was not a disappointment. He began with a championship at the SKUSA Winter Series without earning a race win. Norberg came up short of a fifth straight SKUSA Pro Tour championship with a string of four top-five results to end up fifth in the standings. Add in his return to the USPKS program where he ended up third in the championship hunt. The season completed the with a P3 at ROK the RIO as the attention turns to 2021.

Holding strong in the fifth position is Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic driver Brandon Jarsocrak. The 2015 EKN Driver Rankings #1 driver remains a consistent threat in TaG competition. His focus was on the United States Pro Kart Series, as he earned a fourth-straight championship in X30 Pro. Jarsocrak used two victories at the series finale to claim the title. The ‘Shillington Slingshot’ finished sixth in the SKUSA Pro Tour. Ironically, 2020 was the first time since 2015 that neither Norberg or Jarsocrak won a SKUSA Pro Tour main event.

Sixth through eighth shuffled thanks to Hannah Greenemeier losing her end results from 2019, dropping to eighth. Indy Pro 2000 driver Braden Eves (KSNA / Will Power Kart) and former US Rotax Grand Nationals champion Phillip Arscott (KSNA / Will Power Kart) moved up thanks to their performances at New Castle Motorsports Park for both the USPKS and SKUSA Pro Tour. Each took home a victory and podium results. Greenemeier (RPG / Kosmic) started the year out with her first ever victory at the SKUSA Winter Series. Her best finish at the SKUSA Pro Tour was sixth, placing there twice, while earning a third-place result at the USPKS finale. Hannah also finished 31st in the EKN Shifterkart Driver Rankings.

Pauly Massimino (MDR / Kosmic) and Thomas Nepveu (PSL / Birel ART) swapped positions to close out 2020 and the top-10. Massimino – the 2019 SKUSA SuperNats KA100 Senior winner – competed in 12 races, six with SKUSA and six with USPKS. The North Carolina driver finished top-10 twice at SKUSA, including a runner-up at the finale. Massimino was in the championship hunt for the USPKS, finishing runner-up to Jarsocrak for his best career result. Nepveu had a similar season, recording a best finish of third at the SKUSA Winter Series, winning at the ROK Fest East event, three top-10 results at the SKUSA Pro Tour, and a fifth place finish at his USPKS debut at GoPro.


By The Numbers:

2 – Countries represented in top-10 (USA, Canada)

2 – Former EKN TaG Driver Rankings #1 drivers inside the top-10 (Norberg, Jarsocrak)

5 – Chassis brands inside the top-10

7 – States represented in the top-10

15 – Drivers inside the top-50 with seven or less races

114 – Difference in points from first to fifth

378 – Difference in points from first to tenth


TaG Co-#1 – Arias Deukmedjian
Merritt Island, Florida

(Photo: EKN)

The sophomore season for Arias Deukmedjian has put him in share for Driver of the Year in 2020. A consistent front-runner at each event he competed at, Deukmedjian won at the SKUSA Winter Series, United States Pro Kart Series and the SKUSA Pro Tour. Arias did so in X30 Senior, while also securing victories and podiums in KA100 Senior competition. The connection of Deukmedjian with the Kart Republic and Will Power Kart under the KartSport North America tent helped the team to earn the Geo Cup at the USPKS for 2020.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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
United States Pro Kart Series ’20 #4 9 1 1020

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.57
Average Points: 1059.4
Total Points: 7416

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TaG Co-#1 – Luca Mars
Sewickley, Pennsylvania

(Photo: EKN)

A phenomenal season as a rookie for Luca Mars under the Speed Concepts Racing tent. Possibly one of the best we have seen in quite some time by a driver graduating straight from the Junior ranks. No matter the engine package, Mars was able to be among the top contenders. Runner-up at the Florida Winter Tour on a ROK, winning at the SKUSA Pro Tour with IAME, and scoring the US Rotax Grand Nationals victory, Mars is the complete package. He even raced Briggs 206 and KA100 at the USAC Karting Battle at the Brickyard. Add in the unique accomplishment of the ‘Cycle’ with first through sixth results for the Summer Festival, 2020 was an exceptional and successful season for Mars as the co-Driver of the Year.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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
United States Pro Kart Series ’20 #5 9 4 1005

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.57
Average Points: 1059.4
Total Points: 7416

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TaG #3 – Bryson Morris
Mt. Juilet, Tennessee

(Photo: EKN)

Notable karters have come from the state of Tennessee. Haddock, Newgarden, and now Morris. Much like Mars, Morris shined as a Senior rookie in what was a COVID-19 shortened 2020 season with a stellar performance at the SKUSA Pro Tour. Morris was able to take the guidance and education under the Rolison Performance Group tent, and pilot his Kosmic machine to a total of six wins in 10 races, including both X30 Senior and KA100 Senior. This led him to become the first Senior driver to win two championships in the same season at the SKUSA Pro Tour. Now an official Mazda driver for 2021, Morris will be in the Spec MX-5 series on the west coast while also defending the X30 Senior title in the upcoming season.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA Winter Series 2020 #1 9 7 959
United States Pro Kart Series ’20 #2 9 3 1015
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #1 9.5 1 1098
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #2 9.5 4 1065
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #3 9.5 1 1098
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #4 9.5 5 1050
SKUSA Pro Tour 2020 #5 9.5 1 1094

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.14
Average Points: 1054.1
Total Points: 7379


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 – 2020 Final Standings

Pos. Sept. 25 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Arias Deukmedjian 16 7416
1. 2 1 Luca Mars 22 7416
3. 4 1 Bryson Morris 12 7379
4. 3 -1 Ryan Norberg 26 7359
5. 5 NC Brandon Jarsocrak 13 7302
6. 7 1 Braden Eves 8 7134
7. 8 1 Phillip Arscott 8 7129
8. 6 -2 Hannah Greenemeier 14 7123
9. 10 1 Pauly Massimino 12 7057
10. 9 -1 Thomas Nepveu 16 7038
11. 12 1 Jonathan Portz 21 7017
12. 11 -1 Brandon Lemke 15 6939
13. 13 NC Jake Drew 10 6812
14. 21 7 Branyon Tiner 22 6762
15. 14 -1 Jacob Gulick 17 6735
16. 19 3 Diego Contecha 13 6727
17. 18 1 Cole Morgan 11 6709
18. 16 -2 Santiago Trisini 11 6692
19. 22 3 Jace Denmark-Gessel 9 6681
20. 20 NC Aaron Benoit 23 6660
21. 24 3 Hayden Jones 19 6603
22. 17 -5 Christian Brooks 8 6498
23. 23 NC Olin Galli 9 6466
24. 30 6 Luke Lange 17 6399
25. 15 -10 Diego Ramos 7 6397
26. 25 -1 Joey Brienza 18 6374
27. 26 -1 Ryan Shehan 21 6365
28. 27 -1 Finnegan Bayliff 15 6317
29. 29 NC Jenson Altzman 20 6272
30. 28 -2 Colby DuBato 8 6268
31. 44 13 Liam Letzsch 7 6220
32. 32 NC Ryan Martin 10 6072
33. 37 4 Reilly Cann 17 6047
34. 53 19 Elliott Budzinski 9 5939
35. 35 NC Ethan Ho 9 5913
36. 31 -5 Emiliano Richards 7 5902
37. 50 13 Justin White 7 5866
38. 40 2 Michael Mallardi 14 5724
39. 138 99 Kevin Raventos 8 5681
40. 52 12 George Megennis 7 5625
41. 56 15 Logan Mueller 7 5591
42. 61 19 Alex Nowysz 7 5532
43. 39 -4 Enrico de Lucca 6 5522
44. 41 -3 Lucas Fecury 7 5426
45. 43 -2 Zach Holden 6 5359
46. 45 -1 Renato Jader David 7 5289
47. 47 NC Jorge Quiroz 7 5230
48. 33 -15 Dante Yu 6 5144
49. 67 18 Axel Cabrera 6 5104
50. 74 24 Armin Cavkusic 6 5083
51. 51 NC Filip Niemkiewicz 6 5081
52. 57 5 Colin Warren 6 5059
53. 49 -4 Jack Scanlon 7 4968
54. 81 27 Connor Ferris 6 4917
55. 130 75 Julia Boos 6 4855
56. 54 -2 Jeshua Allanell 6 4849
57. 38 -19 Pablo Perez de Lara 6 4822
58. 55 -3 Trey Brown 6 4746
59. 63 4 Aidan Fox 6 4721
60. 34 -26 Patrick Woods-Toth 5 4674
61. 143 82 Austin Reichl 6 4646
62. 69 7 Oliver Calvo 5 4630
63. 90 27 Ashley Rogero 5 4542
64. 88 24 Valentin Andrieux 6 4478
65. 48 -17 Alex Bertagnoli 5 4448
66. 46 -20 Edward Portz 5 4337
67. 93 26 Gavin Bayliff 5 4244
68. 36 -32 Zachary Claman-Demelo 5 4211
69. 58 -11 Tyler Snow 5 4174
70. 60 -10 Gunnar Bischoff 5 4167
71. 145 74 Tahlon Yockel 5 4035
72. 62 -10 Haopeng Zhang 5 3950
73. 64 -9 Matthew Duncovich 5 3872
74. 65 -9 Ricardo Escotto 5 3821
75. 66 -9 Robert Megennis 5 3816
76. 105 29 Tyler Lemp 5 3779
77. 233 156 Dylan Amundsen 5 3768
78. 70 -8 Louie Westover 4 3648
79. 42 -37 Bijoy Garg 4 3645
80. 71 -9 Joao Renato Corbellini 4 3546
81. 72 -9 Griffin Dowler 4 3530
82. - - Alessandro de Tullio 4 3445
83. 59 -24 Sebastian Montoya 4 3383
84. 75 -9 Nolan Bower 4 3352
85. 76 -9 Adrian Cruz 4 3292
86. 77 -9 Jack Harmuth 4 3285
87. 141 54 Ryan Punsalan 4 3279
88. 80 -8 Collin Daley 4 3230
89. 83 -6 Nicholas Terlecki 4 3153
90. 84 -6 Brennan Hanville 4 3132
91. 85 -6 Samuel Ruck 4 3089
92. 151 59 Chris Dietel 4 3075
93. 106 13 Jake Venberg 4 3053
94. 158 64 Dylan Thurman 4 3038
95. 87 -8 Matthew Mockabee 4 2924
96. 68 -28 Nick Ramirez 3 2778
97. 91 -6 Gianluca Savaglio 3 2589
98. - - Thomas Annunziata 3 2522
99. 94 -5 Matheus Morgatto 3 2485
100. 135 35 Andre Lafond 3 2478
101. 95 -6 Nicky Palladino 3 2477
102. 131 29 Matt Goddard 3 2440
103. 97 -6 Arul Venkatesh 3 2435
104. 99 -5 Dylan Beckwith 3 2423
105. 132 27 Macy Williams 3 2423
106. 79 -27 Alejandro Jaramillo 3 2422
107. 139 32 Chris Verrino 3 2412
108. 102 -6 Cody Gillis 3 2391
109. 157 48 Kenny Elwood 3 2358
110. 104 -6 Massimo Sanchez-Lara 3 2335
111. - - Aiden Kenny 3 2327
112. 82 -30 Brenden Baker 3 2311
113. 161 48 Justin Dittrich 3 2243
114. 86 -28 Felipe Carvajal-Salvany 3 2230
115. 107 -8 Rodrigo de Colombres Jr. 3 2209
116. 108 -8 Greg Campos 3 2193
117. 163 46 Jacob Andrew 3 2186
118. 240 122 Tim Horrell 3 2154
119. 109 -10 Sam Paley 3 2109
120. 110 -10 Jacob Heavlow 3 2065
121. 116 -5 Colin Neal 2 1896
122. 117 -5 Zachary Hollingshead 2 1896
123. 118 -5 Leonardo Fornaroli 2 1887
124. 119 -5 Joey Atanasio 2 1867
125. 120 -5 Santino Ferrucci 2 1826
126. 92 -34 Airel Jimenez 2 1822
127. 178 51 Maximilian Opalski 2 1783
128. 122 -6 Taylor Barnard 2 1775
129. - - Mathias Ramirez 2 1730
130. 124 -6 Erin Cassels 2 1716
131. 125 -6 Kyle Cassels 2 1716
132. 126 -6 Kyle Ford 2 1711
133. 127 -6 Dominic Giansiracusa 2 1709
134. 128 -6 Jason Holycross 2 1709
135. 129 -6 Blake Nash 2 1689
136. 73 -63 Joseph Daniele 2 1689
137. 96 -41 Andre Nicastro 2 1685
138. 187 49 Timothy Carel 2 1684
139. 193 54 Mateo Villagomez 2 1679
140. - - Nick Brueckner 2 1678
141. 89 -52 Nicholas Hornbostel 2 1674
142. - - Kyffin Simpson 2 1668
143. 103 -40 Julian Nazario 2 1664
144. 136 -8 Seth Timmons 2 1643
145. 98 -47 Bryce Stevens 2 1635
146. 137 -9 Levente Revesz 2 1632
147. 78 -69 Travis Wiley 2 1630
148. 140 -8 Tavish McGrain 2 1618
149. 207 58 Daniel Callegaris Costa 2 1616
150. 142 -8 Xavier Carde 2 1605
151. 212 61 Jack Manzari 2 1598
152. 101 -51 Ryan MacDermid 2 1597
153. 144 -9 Tyler Ferris 2 1596
154. 146 -8 Jared Ramnarayan 2 1594
155. 148 -7 Ian Quinn 2 1585
156. 196 40 Alexander Dancho 2 1583
157. 198 41 Arie Venberg 2 1582
158. - - Adam Yasin 2 1577
159. 149 -10 Dylan Dietel 2 1572
160. - - Oscar Panozzo 2 1572
161. 150 -11 Rodrigo Piquet 2 1571
162. 152 -10 Margot Murphy 2 1564
163. 241 78 Cade Downes 2 1561
164. 227 63 Thomas Radivoy 2 1556
165. 153 -12 Collin Haun 2 1549
166. 211 45 Santiago Benito 2 1546
167. 155 -12 Ben Varner 2 1543
168. - - Nicholas Andries 2 1543
169. 156 -13 Leheng Li 2 1534
170. - - Kai Palomino 2 1529
171. - - Santiago Fernandez 2 1520
172. - - Nathaniel Cicero 2 1519
173. - - Joshua Wright 2 1517
174. - - Alex Zhang 2 1511
175. - - Jon Rosado 2 1510
176. 159 -17 Ricardo Lechuga 2 1510
177. - - Trevor Sandridge 2 1509
178. 160 -18 Pablo Haro 2 1505
179. 162 -17 Terrin Odom 2 1492
180. - - Diego Rodriguez 2 1484
181. 113 -68 Sullivan Sherill 2 1410
182. 165 -17 Nicolas Baptiste 2 1285
183. 166 -17 Dawson Svoboda 2 1245
184. - - Kyriakos Sioukas 1 980
185. 174 -11 Westin Workman 1 955
186. 180 -6 John Burke 1 916
187. - - Cedrik Lupien 1 908
188. 181 -7 Brandon Simeone 1 894
189. - - Brody Shucard 1 877
190. 114 -76 Oliver Hodgson 1 871
191. 184 -7 Julian Peacock 1 868
192. 186 -6 Michael Michoff 1 865
193. 189 -4 Diego Ortiz 1 852
194. 190 -4 Maomao Xu 1 849
195. - - Tyler McIntyre 1 845
196. 191 -5 Jason Conzo 1 840
197. - - Alejandro Nieto 1 839
198. 239 41 Daniel Fellows 1 836
199. 195 -4 Clare Tracy 1 831
200. 197 -3 Tommy Traylor 1 828
201. 200 -1 Chloe Chambers 1 824
202. 201 -1 Chris Carel 1 823
203. 202 -1 Ethan Barrett 1 820
204. 203 -1 Nathan Martin 1 820
205. 204 -1 Mikhail Kalugin 1 817
206. 205 -1 Calvin Wetzel 1 814
207. - - Jack Hixson 1 813
208. 206 -2 Nalin Shah 1 813
209. 208 -1 Adam Rylance 1 810
210. 209 -1 Austin Monte 1 805
211. - - Floyd Kerr Jr. 1 805
212. 213 1 Jason Leung 1 800
213. 214 1 Mark Boos 1 797
214. 216 2 Nick Monte 1 796
215. 218 3 Logan McDonough 1 789
216. 220 4 Mario Bianco 1 786
217. 221 4 Viraj Bhalla 1 786
218. 222 4 Nicola Zecchinato 1 783
219. 223 4 Adam Ali 1 781
220. 225 5 Peyton McDonough 1 780
221. 226 5 Taylor Moss 1 778
222. 228 6 Sam McDougall 1 776
223. 229 6 Garrett Johnston 1 775
224. 231 7 Neil Faulkner 1 772
225. - - Thomas Treia 1 770
226. 147 -79 Cooper Heffley 1 769
227. 232 5 Daniel Cara 1 763
228. 164 -64 Mariana Reyes 1 760
229. 154 -75 Joshua Baak 1 756
230. 134 -96 Luigi Lucciani 1 745
231. 234 3 Morgan Lebaron 1 744
232. 235 3 Martin Freire 1 742
233. 236 3 Emil Abed-Green 1 740
234. - - Elsharkawi Mahmoud 1 736
235. 238 3 Andrew Maciel 1 732
236. - - Matt Carlesso 1 727
237. - - Alessandro Famularo 1 635

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