2021 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – TaG – August 2

Revitalized Norberg remains in the lead of the standings

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The season moves on for 2021 with championships to be decided in the coming months at the national, regional and club level. A crucial month of August is upon us, especially for the EKN TaG Driver Rankings due to the unique 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour Summer Festival at New Castle Motorsports Park. All six of those results from 2020 will be removed in the next edition of the standings. For now, those results and everything from the past 12 months are included to form the current standings.

Still at the top is four-time SKUSA Pro Tour champion Ryan Norberg (RPG / Kosmic). No change in his total score, as he remains the benchmark for the rest of the drivers. Luca Mars (TKG / Tony Kart) remains in the second spot, despite not racing in the last couple of months. It’s expected to see him fall down the order after the August 2020 results fall from the standings. Arias Deukmedjian (TKG / Kart Republic) lost just 10 points and remains on the podium in the EKN Driver Rankings.

Points were lost for Bryson Morris (RPG / Kosmic) and more are expected as the 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour champion has put his efforts into car racing this year. He continues with the Mazda Factory Club Race Team in Spec MX-5 competition and recently won in his Formula 4 United States debut weekend in Minnesota. Points were added to the total for current top rookie of 2021 Connor Zilisch (Nitro / Tony Kart). The 2020 FIA Karting Academy Trophy champion has continued to show the speed to contend for victories at each weekend, improving his score to just 35 points back of Morris. The next standings should have Zilisch move up to at least fourth, if not higher due to his winning performances in 2021.

The remainder of the top-10 has no position change as well. Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic teammates Hannah Greenemeier and Branyon Tiner hold sixth and seventh. Greenemeier has that first SKUSA Pro Tour victory under her belt, while Tiner – who leads the SKUSA Pro Tour standings – is looking to clinch the title at the SummerNationals with his first career win at the program. Four-time defending USPKS champion Brandon Jarsocrak (MDR / Kosmic) has his score slightly decrease, dropping below the 7300-range as he remains in eighth. Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires driver Braden Eves (MPG / WPK) remains in ninth thanks to his 2020 program with Pauly Massimino also lost points but hold the 10th spot. Massimino made the switch to the Ryan Perry Motorsport stable, still aboard the OTK product, and celebrated a podium at the USPKS Road America weekend and winning the X30 Shootout at the IAME USA Grand National Championship in a wild last lap battle for a $5,000 payday.


Upcoming EKN TaG Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
8/7/21 ICP Cup #9 TaG Senior Sumas International Motorsports Academy Sumas, WA 8
8/8/21 Colorado Karting Tour #6 Senior Rotax Action Karting Morrison, CO 8
8/8/21 Colorado Karting Tour #6 Open TaG Action Karting Morrison, CO 8
8/8/21 ICP Cup #10 TaG Senior Sumas International Motorsports Academy Sumas, WA 8
8/14/21 SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals X30 Senior Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 9.5
8/15/21 SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals X30 Senior Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 9.5
8/22/21 California Rok Championship #5 Senior ROK Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, CA 8.5
8/22/21 Colorado Karting Tour #7 Senior Rotax Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction, CO 8
8/22/21 Colorado Karting Tour #7 Open TaG Grand Junction Motor Speedway Grand Junction, CO 8
8/22/21 Rok Sonoma #6 Senior Rok Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, CA 8
8/22/21 Utah State Championship #8 Senior TaG Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 8
8/29/21 Los Angeles Karting Championship #7 X30 Pro CalSpeed Karting Fontana, CA 8
9/4/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #3 IAME Senior Ocala Gran Prix Ocala, FL 8
9/5/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #4 IAME Senior Ocala Gran Prix Ocala, FL 8
9/5/21 Utah State Championship #9 Senior TaG Utah Motorsports Campus Erda, UT 8


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TaG #1 – Ryan Norberg
Orlando, Florida

How can we describe the 2021 season for Ryan Norberg. It’s not a comeback, as he didn’t go anywhere. It could be redemption, because of the way the 2020 season transpired due to the COVID-19 setback. Either way, Norberg is back at the top of his game with Rolison Performance Group. His latest win streak of the SpringNationals, USPKS, and now the IAME USA Grand National Championship should have him still at the top of the EKN Driver Rankings after August, no matter what he does at the SKUSA Pro Tour finale. He is still in the hunt for the title, which could see a repeat of 2019 when he and Master driver Jordon Musser earned their fourth SKUSA titles. This time, it will be FIVE!

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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 #5 9.5 3 1072
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 2 1087
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 4 1065
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #3 9.5 1 1086

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.86
Average Points: 1075.3
Total Points: 7527

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TaG #2 – Luca Mars
Sewickley, Pennsylvania

Missing from the kart track has been Luca Mars, focused on his move into car racing. SCCA Runoffs are at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year at the end of September, beginning of October. That and the Idemitsu MX-5 Cup program has been the target with Mars sitting sixth with his best finish coming at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course weekend. They return back to action this coming weekend at Road America with two more events to close out the season. With his absence from the kart track, and majority of his points coming from the 2020 SKUSA Summer Festival with his ‘karting cycle’ results, we should see Mars fall down the order.

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
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 7 1032

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 4.0
Average Points: 1063.3
Total Points: 7443

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TaG #3 – Arias Deukmedjian
Merritt Island, Florida

Of the top-three, Deukmedjian was the only driver to have his points adjusted. The total went down 10 points with the loss of a 2020 USPKS opener victory. It was replaced with another victory, one of his two at the SKUSA Winter Series. Since winning the USPKS 2021 opener at Ocala, Arias has yet to stand on the top step of the podium in X30 competition. He does have a victory in KA100 Senior at New Castle back in May. Deukmedjian joined the Trinity Karting Group for the first time, still aboard the Kart Republic brand. It was a great first outing as they mended together, as he and the other drivers under TKG tent were able to bounce ideas and setups off one another.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
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
SKUSA Winter Series 2021 #2 9 1 1028
SKUSA Winter Series 2021 #3 9 1 1026
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #1 9 1 1036

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.57
Average Points: 1060.8
Total Points: 7426


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 other special races.

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 2021, 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.


EKN TaG Driver Rankings Standings – as of August 2, 2021

Pos. Jun. 4 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Ryan Norberg 32 7527
2. 2 NC Luca Mars 16 7443
3. 3 NC Arias Deukmedjian 22 7426
4. 4 NC Bryson Morris 10 7369
5. 5 NC Connor Zilisch 16 7334
6. 6 NC Hannah Greenemeier 20 7322
7. 7 NC Branyon Tiner 26 7316
8. 8 NC Brandon Jarsocrak 17 7295
9. 9 NC Braden Eves 8 7188
10. 10 NC Pauly Massimino 21 7137
11. 12 1 Thomas Nepveu 15 7091
12. 13 1 Diego Ramos 9 7041
13. 14 1 Jonathan Portz 17 7017
14. 15 1 Thomas Annunziata 22 6961
15. 18 3 Aaron Benoit 26 6937
16. 21 5 Nathaniel Cicero 16 6935
17. 20 3 Alex Stanfield 15 6876
18. 19 1 Mathias Ramirez 12 6862
19. 17 -2 Brandon Lemke 9 6810
20. 23 3 Diego Contecha 11 6731
21. 28 7 Cole Morgan 13 6724
22. 24 2 John Burke 13 6723
23. 25 2 Hayden Jones 26 6700
24. 27 3 Nick Ramirez 8 6655
25. 34 9 Alessandro de Tullio 13 6630
26. 31 5 Jace Park 9 6625
27. 29 2 Maximilian Opalski 12 6612
28. 22 -6 Dante Yu 8 6589
29. 30 1 Santiago Trisini 9 6581
30. 26 -4 Jace Denmark-Gessel 7 6575
31. 32 1 Luke Lange 20 6533
32. 33 1 Jacob Gulick 8 6450
33. 35 2 Ryan Shehan 14 6429
34. 71 37 Westin Workman 9 6425
35. 36 1 Finnegan Bayliff 20 6353
36. 39 3 Tyler McIntyre 15 6352
37. 67 30 Ashley Rogero 7 6284
38. 37 -1 Macy Williams 7 6264
39. 43 4 Lucas Fecury 19 6252
40. 40 NC Aidan Fox 17 6211
41. 44 3 Filip Niemkiewicz 7 6119
42. 46 4 Reilly Cann 12 6082
43. 42 -1 Ethan Ho 8 6064
44. 41 -3 Jenson Altzman 9 6044
45. 47 2 Trey Brown 10 6028
46. 48 2 Justin White 9 6015
47. 49 2 Timothy Carel 16 6011
48. 52 4 Gabe Tesch 9 5999
49. 92 43 Oliver Hodgson 6 5970
50. 50 NC Ryan Vincent 7 5930
51. 11 -40 Phillip Arscott 6 5918
52. 77 25 Kieran Rogers 8 5882
53. 45 -8 Joey Brienza 7 5862
54. 53 -1 Michael Mallardi 16 5826
55. 16 -39 Jake Drew 6 5798
56. 56 NC Kevin Raventos 14 5778
57. 54 -3 Julia Boos 9 5727
58. 108 50 Christopher Mann 8 5702
59. 57 -2 Andrew Chapman 8 5693
60. 60 NC Logan Vajda 17 5680
61. 59 -2 Mathieu Cousineau 7 5665
62. 68 6 Oscar Panozzo 12 5654
63. 61 -2 George Megennis 7 5625
64. 85 21 Santiago Benito 9 5600
65. 66 1 Alex Nowysz 8 5599
66. 62 -4 Christian Brooks 6 5573
67. 114 47 Gracie Brown 8 5573
68. 111 43 Chris Verrino 7 5558
69. 134 65 Jack Manzari 7 5506
70. 65 -5 Nicholas D'Andrea 7 5495
71. 38 -33 Liam Letzsch 6 5412
72. 73 1 Santiago Fernandez 10 5379
73. 70 -3 Zach Holden 6 5359
74. 72 -2 Renato Jader David 8 5298
75. 51 -24 Emiliano Richards 6 5107
76. 79 3 Olin Galli 6 4987
77. 80 3 Gavin Bayliff 6 4938
78. 107 29 Monroe Jordan 6 4906
79. 82 3 Hallie Schroeder 6 4869
80. 129 49 Dylan Beckwith 6 4845
81. 55 -26 Elliott Budzinski 6 4829
82. 83 1 Pablo Perez de Lara 6 4822
83. 105 22 Ryan Punsalan 6 4821
84. 58 -26 Tahlon Yockel 6 4785
85. 164 79 Justin Simpson 6 4767
86. 64 -22 Haopeng Zhang 6 4766
87. 84 -3 Kyriakos Sioukas 5 4735
88. 86 -2 Austin Reichl 6 4652
89. 137 48 Serkan Ketenci 6 4606
90. 87 -3 Oliver Calvo 5 4463
91. 75 -16 Jorge Quiroz 6 4418
92. 136 44 Colin Warren 5 4214
93. 160 67 Julian Peacock 5 4116
94. 126 32 Noah Harmon 5 4082
95. 106 11 Kyffin Simpson 5 4033
96. 91 -5 Lucas Staico 5 4004
97. 110 13 Matt Goddard 5 3991
98. 93 -5 Cole Schroeder 5 3958
99. 94 -5 Sebastian Montoya 4 3881
100. 119 19 Sutter Gabel 5 3876
101. 97 -4 Juan Vega 5 3817
102. 100 -2 Andrew Zimmer 4 3593
103. 74 -29 Colby DuBato 4 3520
104. 88 -16 Gunnar Bischoff 4 3375
105. 102 -3 Jacob Heavlow 5 3371
106. 78 -28 Ryan Martin 4 3345
107. 76 -31 Armin Cavkusic 4 3312
108. 224 116 Alex Dancho 4 3299
109. 81 -28 Connor Ferris 4 3280
110. 155 45 Jack Hixson 4 3205
111. 112 1 Frederik Lund 4 3184
112. 185 73 Leonardo Hassan 4 3180
113. 113 NC Aiden Kenny 4 3176
114. 63 -51 Logan Mueller 4 3169
115. 184 69 Travis Roop 4 3157
116. 117 1 Justin Dittrich 4 3133
117. 118 1 Amanda Smalley 4 3130
118. 96 -22 Dylan Thurman 4 3068
119. 121 2 Jon Rosado 4 3059
120. 99 -21 Dylan Amundsen 4 3010
121. 123 2 Octavio Rosales 4 2979
122. 125 3 Kai Palomino 4 2875
123. 89 -34 Tyler Snow 3 2506
124. 127 3 Andre Lafond 3 2478
125. 167 42 Derek Wang 3 2432
126. 115 -11 Valentin Andrieux 3 2424
127. 246 119 Ian Pirie 3 2384
128. - - Jack Chmura 3 2382
129. 133 4 Robert Megennis 3 2352
130. 95 -35 Matthew Duncovich 3 2339
131. 98 -33 Tyler Lemp 3 2339
132. 109 -23 Axel Cabrera 3 2318
133. 135 2 Brennan Hanville 3 2306
134. 265 131 Brendon Davis 3 2262
135. 124 -11 Matthew Mockabee 3 2230
136. 140 4 Sam Paley 3 2109
137. 69 -68 Edward Portz 2 1998
138. 142 4 Louie Westover 2 1848
139. 143 4 Tevin Robbins 2 1836
140. 211 71 Tyler Wettengel 2 1791
141. 144 3 Mauricio J. Hernandez Guillen 2 1752
142. 145 3 Victor Franzoni 2 1730
143. 146 3 Alex Siragusa 2 1727
144. 210 66 Cade Downes 2 1697
145. 150 5 Rodrigo Piquet 2 1686
146. 90 -56 Jeshua Allanell 2 1683
147. 151 4 Nick Brueckner 2 1678
148. 122 -26 Jake Venberg 2 1675
149. 152 3 Ricky Worley 2 1663
150. 153 3 Mateo Villagomez 2 1659
151. 154 3 Gabe Sessler 2 1654
152. - - Stephen Dial 2 1654
153. - - Matthew Goddard 2 1646
154. 141 -13 Zachary Hollingshead 2 1646
155. 156 1 Seth Timmons 2 1643
156. 104 -52 Jack Harmuth 2 1642
157. 159 2 Brent Crews 2 1632
158. 128 -30 Arul Venkatesh 2 1626
159. 161 2 Adam Smalley 2 1619
160. 163 3 Daniel Callegaris Costa 2 1616
161. - - Jimmie Lockhart 2 1603
162. 168 6 Martin Arias 2 1590
163. 169 6 Alexander Dancho 2 1583
164. 170 6 Arie Venberg 2 1582
165. 171 6 Seth Appel 2 1578
166. 172 6 Adam Yasin 2 1577
167. 173 6 Neil Carvalho 2 1577
168. - - Athreya Venkata Ramanan 2 1575
169. - - Eduardo Duran 2 1569
170. 175 5 Alex Westlund 2 1568
171. - - Jaques Rickords 2 1567
172. 257 85 Cameron Martineau 2 1562
173. - - Frankie Xu 2 1561
174. - - Keegan Bosch 2 1560
175. - - Megan Camara 2 1558
176. - - Megan Moore 2 1556
177. 177 NC Thomas Radivoy 2 1556
178. 178 NC Andres Ardiles 2 1550
179. 180 1 Floyd Kerr Jr. 2 1547
180. 181 1 Ben Varner 2 1543
181. 182 1 Nicholas Andries 2 1543
182. - - Indy Kassy 2 1536
183. 183 NC Joey McGuire 2 1535
184. 186 2 Kol Bailey 2 1522
185. 250 65 Ayden Rose 2 1517
186. 187 1 Joshua Wright 2 1517
187. 188 1 Alex Zhang 2 1511
188. 120 -68 Chris Dietel 2 1511
189. 189 NC Trevor Sandridge 2 1509
190. 190 NC Jeff Westlund 2 1502
191. 191 NC Louie Pagano 2 1501
192. - - Weston Duchak 2 1501
193. 192 -1 Rodrigo Gutierrez 2 1498
194. 101 -93 Colin Neal 2 1492
195. 194 -1 Diego Rodriguez 2 1484
196. 195 -1 Marcus McDuffie 2 1477
197. 196 -1 Alan Isambard 2 1440
198. 197 -1 Tim Horrell 2 1440
199. 198 -1 Christopher Barrios 2 1378
200. 199 -1 Ben Cooper 1 945
201. - - Dalton Hannibal Hanes 1 943
202. 200 -2 Cedrik Lupien 1 908
203. 202 -1 Felipe Carvajal-Salvany 1 894
204. 203 -1 Evan Hagberg 1 888
205. 204 -1 Diego Ortiz 1 884
206. 205 -1 Cody Diggs 1 880
207. 206 -1 Brody Shucard 1 877
208. - - Brian Boly 1 866
209. 209 NC Michael Michoff 1 865
210. 147 -63 Dominic Giansiracusa 1 849
211. 213 2 Chase Jones 1 845
212. 214 2 Gavin Iby 1 841
213. 216 3 Alejandro Nieto 1 839
214. 218 4 Daniel Fellows 1 836
215. 132 -83 Kenny Elwood 1 834
216. 221 5 Olivia Rieding 1 827
217. 103 -114 Adrian Cruz 1 823
218. 223 5 Aiden Levy 1 823
219. 225 6 Chris Carel 1 823
220. - - Cameron Martino 1 821
221. 226 5 Ethan Barrett 1 820
222. 227 5 Nathan Martin 1 820
223. 158 -65 Jason Holycross 1 819
224. 228 4 Nathan Nicholson 1 818
225. 231 6 Rylie Ramroop 1 814
226. 232 6 Adam Rylance 1 810
227. 233 6 Beckett Andrew 1 810
228. 131 -97 Ian Quinn 1 809
229. 130 -99 Alejandro Jaramillo 1 806
230. 234 4 Shek Liu 1 806
231. 236 5 Douglas Creesy 1 804
232. 237 5 Laurent Legault 1 803
233. 116 -117 Massimo Sanchez-Lara 1 803
234. 238 4 Camryn Reed 1 800
235. 239 4 Nicholas Frangoulis 1 798
236. 242 6 Ian Bland 1 795
237. 243 6 Adam Maxwell 1 791
238. - - Jack Ryan 1 790
239. - - Jack Wheaton 1 789
240. 244 4 Logan McDonough 1 789
241. 245 4 Clayton Byers 1 787
242. 247 5 Mario Bianco 1 786
243. 249 6 Nolan Bower 1 784
244. 251 7 Peyton McDonough 1 780
245. 252 7 Aaron Farhadi 1 779
246. 255 9 Garrett Johnston 1 775
247. 256 9 Samuel Ruck 1 774
248. - - Giuliano Stefanatto 1 772
249. 258 9 Neil Faulkner 1 772
250. 259 9 Thomas Treia 1 770
251. 261 10 James Carson 1 765
252. 262 10 Daniel Cara 1 763
253. 263 10 Lucas Pernod 1 762
254. - - Logan Hanato 1 761
255. - - Morgan Burkhard 1 761
256. - - Jacob Gerke 1 760
257. - - Steven Williamson 1 753
258. - - Aiden Hatcher 1 750
259. - - Joey Brey 1 746
260. - - Pierre Thompson 1 744
261. - - Ethan Weiss 1 737
262. 266 4 Elsharkawi Mahmoud 1 736
263. 139 -124 Jacob Andrew 1 736
264. - - Jorge Leroux 1 731
265. - - Joseph Brey 1 727
266. 267 1 Matt Carlesso 1 727

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