2021 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – TaG – October 29

New USPKS champion Norberg remains driver to beat

Ryan Norberg remains in the top position of the EKN TaG Driver Rankings, fresh off his first USPKS X30 Pro championship (Photo: EKN)

The final rounds of the 2021 season are directly ahead of us, setting up for the heavyweight fight that is the eKartingNews.com TaG Driver Rankings. Over the last 12 months, drivers from across the country battled for victories and podiums. And now, a handful of drivers have the opportunity to finish the season as the top driver of the year. What is ahead are two major events to close out the 2021 season with ROK Vegas this week and the Superkarts! USA SuperNationals 24 in December.

From the beginning of the season, Ryan Norberg (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) has held the top spot of the EKN TaG Driver Rankings. The Florida driver is coming off his first USPKS championship, and holds a 108-point advantage heading into the final events. Teammate and 2021 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Hannah Greenemeier sits second. Florida Winter Tour title winner and top rookie of 2021 Connor Zilisch (Team Nitro Kart / Tony Kart) is now in the third position. Zilisch won at every program he competed at and is set to make his Senior debut at the SuperNationals where he won Mini Swift in 2017.

Within reach of the top-three is SKUSA Pro Tour vice-champion Branyon Tiner (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic). Tiner racked up three podiums in the six rounds, however, was minus a win on the season in X30 competition. The driver from the Lone Star State has wins at the regional level in KA100 Senior competition at the Texas Sprint Racing Series, and could end in the top-three with a solid finish at the SuperNationals. Up five spots to fifth is Pauly Massimino, who moved over to the Ryan Perry Motorsport operation mid-way through the season. The SKUSA SuperNationals 23 KA100 Senior winner ended up on the podium at the SKUSA SummerNationals and at the UPSKS finale in X30 competition to help elevate his position in the EKN Driver Rankings.

Falling to the sixth position is last year’s co-#1 driver Arias Deukmedjian (Trinity Karting Group / Kart Republic). With the 2020 SKUSA Summer Festival from New Castle finally removed, the results based on the last 12 months for Deukmedjian are strong enough finishes to remain in the top-10, as the Florida driver is looking more and more toward open wheel racing in the future. Thomas Annunziata (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic) continues to elevate his progress, up seven spots to seventh. He landed his first SKUSA Pro Tour podium at the SummerNationals, finishing fifth in the final point standings. Annunziata, however, went podiumless in USPKS competition.

The remainder of the top-10 are making their 2021 debuts in the spotlight positions. The addition of Nate Cicero makes it four Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic drivers in the top-10. Cicero gained his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory at the SummerNationals, finishing the season fourth in the championship standings for a RPG 1-2-3-4. Recently, Cicero was named to the 2022 Mazda Motorsports factory club racing team thanks to his performance at the Spec MX-5 Shootout. The New York pilot is making his temporary circuit debut over the next two months, racing at both ROK Vegas and SuperNationals. Diego Ramos (REM / Kosmic) earned a SKUSA Pro Tour victory at the WinterNationals, and his success at the Florida Winter Tour have elevated him to ninth. Rounding out the top-10 is Canadian Thomas Nepveu, who made the switch to Trinity Karting Group / Kart Republic mid-way through 2021. Nepveu has been bouncing back and forth between karting and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship program, where he finished ninth in the standings – second among rookies with a win at Road America. Multiple top-10s at the SummerNationals and the USPKS finale helped to put him in 10th.

Those dropping out of the top-10 include Brandon Jarsocrak (Mike Doty Racing / Kosmic), for the first time since the early days of his move into Senior racing and TaG competition. The four-time USPKS series champion has gone winless in nine Driver Rankings events he has competed in, but continues to remain a threat, only dropping to 11th, and he is poised for an attack at the SuperNationals. Former co-#1 Luca Mars (Trinity Karting Group / Tony Kart) and 2020 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Bryson Morris (Rolison Performance Group / Kosmic) fell out of the top-60. Mars was P2 in August, losing his six-round cycle for the Summer Festival, as did Morris. Both are focused on car programs with Mars at the MX-5 Cup and Morris finishing up his Spec MX-5 factory club program. Neither, as of publishing, are expected to compete at the SuperNationals.

A key stat looking at the next two big events is the fact that over half of the top-50 are expected to be competing at the SKUSA SuperNationals 24, while less than a dozen will be at ROK Vegas this week.


Upcoming EKN TaG Driver Rankings Schedule

Date Series Class Track Location Rank
11/7/21 ROK Vegas Senior Rok Rio All-Suite Casino & Hotel Las Vegas, NV 9
11/21/21 SKUSA SuperNationals 24 X30 Senior Rio All-Suite Casino & Hotel Las Vegas, NV 10
12/18/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #5 IAME Senior AMR Motorplex Homestead, FL 8
12/19/21 Sunshine States Karting Challenge #6 IAME Senior AMR Motorplex Homestead, FL 8


TaG #1 – Ryan Norberg
Orlando, Florida

(Photo: EKN)

The average finish says it all. It is not often we see a driver with a below 2.0 average finish. Norberg has five wins in the seven races he has toward his Driver Rankings points. Two DNF finishes on the season, one in Utah and one at NCMP, cost him the opportunity for a fifth SKUSA Pro Tour title. He made up for it by claiming his first USPKS crown, based around his seven straight podium finishes after missing the steps during the opening round in Ocala. Norberg only has four previous starts at the SuperNationals, with three top-10 results and a best finish of fifth in 2017. Not quite making the best seven results from the last 12 months is a third-place at the 2020 ROK the RIO event.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 2 1087
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 4 1065
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #3 9 1 1044
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #3 9.5 1 1086
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #5 9 1 1040
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #6 9 1 1040
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #6 9.5 1 1086

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.57
Average Points: 1064
Total Points: 7448

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TaG #2 – Hannah Greenemeier
Parker, Colorado

(Photo: EKN)

History was made in August when Hannah Greenemeier locked up the X30 Senior championship at the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour, becoming the second female driver to do so, joining Sabre Cook (2012). She was the second female driver (Kathryn Cornell in 2010 – TaG Junior) to win a Pro Tour race after grabbing the win at the SpringNationals, and joined Ashley Rogero as the only other female to win in the USPKS X30 Pro category with victory at the series finale. Those two wins, and her consistency throughout the 2021 season have her in a fight with RPG teammate for the Driver of the Year in TaG honor. While she will be focused on the Shifter ROK category at ROK Vegas, the SuperNationals 24 will be her opportunity to take that top position.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 5 1054
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #3 9 2 1034
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #4 9 3 1023
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #3 9.5 5 1043
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #4 9.5 1 1086
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #6 9.5 3 1064
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #6 9 1 1036

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.9
Average Points: 1048.6
Total Points: 7340

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TaG #3 – Connor Zilisch
Mooresville, North Carolina

(Photo: EKN)

There is no doubt about the talent within Connor Zilisch. The 2020 FIA Karting Academy champion beat drivers from around the world to close out his Junior career, and made his Senior rookie season in 2021 a memorable one. Zilisch secured the Florida Winter Tour championship with three straight wins, won at the SKUSA Winter Series, and added wins at the USPKS and SKUSA Pro Tour. A couple of DNFs at each program, including missing the SummerNationals, hampered his opportunity to claim a championship in either program. He did finish vice-champion in the USPKS standings. The one thing Zilisch has over the top two, a victory at the SuperNationals, via 2017 in Mini Swift.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #2 9 1 1036
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #1 9.5 6 1043
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #2 9.5 1 1098
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #4 9 1 1044
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #4 9.5 4 1053
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #5 9 2 1030
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #6 9 2 1030

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.43
Average Points: 1047.7
Total Points: 7334


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.


eKartingNews.com TaG Driver Rankings – as of October 29, 2021

Pos. Aug. 2 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Ryan Norberg 25 7448
2. 6 4 Hannah Greenemeier 16 7340
3. 5 2 Connor Zilisch 18 7334
4. 7 3 Branyon Tiner 20 7305
5. 10 5 Pauly Massimino 15 7177
6. 3 -3 Arias Deukmedjian 14 7127
7. 14 7 Thomas Annunziata 24 7093
8. 16 8 Nathaniel Cicero 20 7086
9. 12 3 Diego Ramos 11 7041
10. 11 1 Thomas Nepveu 11 6978
11. 8 -3 Brandon Jarsocrak 9 6903
12. 22 10 John Burke 14 6894
13. 17 4 Alex Stanfield 17 6876
14. 18 4 Mathias Ramirez 12 6862
15. 25 10 Alessandro de Tullio 17 6845
16. 26 10 Jace Park 11 6773
17. 15 -2 Aaron Benoit 19 6766
18. 23 5 Hayden Jones 19 6749
19. 27 8 Maximilian Opalski 11 6573
20. 87 67 Kyriakos Sioukas 8 6522
21. 28 7 Dante Yu 8 6507
22. 31 9 Luke Lange 11 6457
23. 36 13 Tyler McIntyre 19 6452
24. 21 -3 Cole Morgan 7 6443
25. 90 65 Oliver Calvo 7 6418
26. 34 8 Westin Workman 10 6326
27. 38 11 Macy Williams 7 6264
28. 39 11 Lucas Fecury 13 6252
29. 40 11 Aidan Fox 19 6238
30. 35 5 Finnegan Bayliff 11 6079
31. 48 17 Gabe Tesch 9 5999
32. 47 15 Timothy Carel 17 5978
33. 49 16 Oliver Hodgson 6 5970
34. 94 60 Noah Harmon 9 5945
35. 46 11 Justin White 8 5943
36. 50 14 Ryan Vincent 7 5930
37. 92 55 Colin Warren 7 5906
38. 52 14 Kieran Rogers 8 5882
39. 64 25 Santiago Benito 11 5818
40. 54 14 Michael Mallardi 12 5759
41. 112 71 Leonardo Hassan 8 5742
42. 56 14 Kevin Raventos 12 5741
43. 70 27 Nicholas D'Andrea 9 5741
44. 78 34 Monroe Jordan 8 5726
45. 62 17 Oscar Panozzo 16 5724
46. 58 12 Christopher Mann 8 5702
47. 59 12 Andrew Chapman 8 5693
48. 60 12 Logan Vajda 17 5680
49. 61 12 Mathieu Cousineau 7 5665
50. 57 7 Julia Boos 7 5594
51. 67 16 Gracie Brown 8 5573
52. 192 140 Weston Duchak 8 5533
53. 72 19 Santiago Fernandez 14 5475
54. 100 46 Sutter Gabel 7 5430
55. 13 -42 Jonathan Portz 6 5425
56. 86 30 Haopeng Zhang 8 5362
57. 41 -16 Filip Niemkiewicz 6 5272
58. 43 -15 Ethan Ho 6 5269
59. 55 -4 Jake Drew 5 5040
60. 79 19 Hallie Schroeder 6 4869
61. 85 24 Justin Simpson 6 4767
62. 108 46 Alex Dancho 6 4760
63. 24 -39 Nick Ramirez 5 4669
64. 119 55 Jon Rosado 6 4622
65. 89 24 Serkan Ketenci 6 4606
66. 2 -64 Luca Mars 5 4594
67. 65 -2 Alex Nowysz 6 4586
68. 71 3 Liam Letzsch 5 4574
69. 4 -65 Bryson Morris 5 4534
70. 45 -25 Trey Brown 5 4439
71. 68 -3 Chris Verrino 6 4410
72. 201 129 Dalton Hannibal Hanes 5 4343
73. 42 -31 Reilly Cann 5 4171
74. 9 -65 Braden Eves 4 4014
75. 96 21 Lucas Staico 5 4004
76. 80 4 Dylan Beckwith 5 4003
77. 256 179 Jacob Gerke 5 3965
78. 98 20 Cole Schroeder 5 3958
79. 69 -10 Jack Manzari 5 3908
80. 128 48 Jack Chmura 5 3902
81. 99 18 Sebastian Montoya 4 3881
82. 101 19 Juan Vega 5 3817
83. 102 19 Andrew Zimmer 4 3593
84. - - Paul Bocuse 4 3539
85. 140 55 Tyler Wettengel 4 3398
86. - - Ryan Raffa 4 3390
87. 154 67 Zachary Hollingshead 4 3312
88. 93 5 Julian Peacock 4 3248
89. 111 22 Frederik Lund 4 3184
90. 88 -2 Austin Reichl 4 3181
91. 115 24 Travis Roop 4 3157
92. 117 25 Amanda Smalley 4 3130
93. 120 27 Dylan Amundsen 4 3010
94. 121 27 Octavio Rosales 4 2979
95. 122 27 Kai Palomino 4 2875
96. 44 -52 Jenson Altzman 3 2742
97. 29 -68 Santiago Trisini 3 2610
98. 144 46 Cade Downes 3 2588
99. 208 109 Brian Boly 3 2524
100. 125 25 Derek Wang 3 2432
101. 110 9 Jack Hixson 3 2392
102. 127 25 Ian Pirie 3 2384
103. 95 -8 Kyffin Simpson 3 2365
104. 84 -20 Tahlon Yockel 3 2345
105. 118 13 Dylan Thurman 3 2313
106. 225 119 Rylie Ramroop 3 2299
107. 134 27 Brendon Davis 3 2262
108. 258 150 Aiden Hatcher 3 2231
109. 137 28 Edward Portz 2 1998
110. - - Adam Ali 2 1875
111. 138 27 Louie Westover 2 1848
112. 139 27 Tevin Robbins 2 1836
113. - - Will Power 2 1834
114. 20 -94 Diego Contecha 2 1830
115. 33 -82 Ryan Shehan 2 1822
116. 141 25 Mauricio J. Hernandez Guillen 2 1752
117. - - Alex Bertagnoli 2 1748
118. 103 -15 Colby DuBato 2 1745
119. 37 -82 Ashley Rogero 2 1742
120. - - Matt Johnson 2 1737
121. 142 21 Victor Franzoni 2 1730
122. 143 21 Alex Siragusa 2 1727
123. 145 22 Rodrigo Piquet 2 1686
124. 113 -11 Aiden Kenny 2 1664
125. 149 24 Ricky Worley 2 1663
126. 150 24 Mateo Villagomez 2 1659
127. - - Samuel Barrera-Garcia 2 1655
128. 151 23 Gabe Sessler 2 1654
129. 152 23 Stephen Dial 2 1654
130. 153 23 Matthew Goddard 2 1646
131. 157 26 Brent Crews 2 1632
132. 159 27 Adam Smalley 2 1619
133. - - Karl Weber 2 1618
134. - - Jack Jeffers 2 1616
135. - - Andrew Wilson 2 1613
136. 161 25 Jimmie Lockhart 2 1603
137. 116 -21 Justin Dittrich 2 1594
138. 162 24 Martin Arias 2 1590
139. - - Jake Preston 2 1588
140. - - Kason Lau 2 1588
141. - - Kieran Madden 2 1588
142. - - Alex Odenthal 2 1579
143. - - Jeff Lewis 2 1579
144. - - Max Burdick 2 1579
145. 165 20 Seth Appel 2 1578
146. 166 20 Adam Yasin 2 1577
147. 167 20 Neil Carvalho 2 1577
148. 168 20 Athreya Venkata Ramanan 2 1575
149. 169 20 Eduardo Duran 2 1569
150. 170 20 Alex Westlund 2 1568
151. 171 20 Jaques Rickords 2 1567
152. - - AJ Myers 2 1564
153. 172 19 Cameron Martineau 2 1562
154. 173 19 Frankie Xu 2 1561
155. 174 19 Keegan Bosch 2 1560
156. 175 19 Megan Camara 2 1558
157. 176 19 Megan Moore 2 1556
158. - - Eded Bedwell 2 1554
159. 97 -62 Matt Goddard 2 1551
160. 178 18 Andres Ardiles 2 1550
161. 179 18 Floyd Kerr Jr. 2 1547
162. 77 -85 Gavin Bayliff 2 1546
163. - - Jacque Rickords 2 1546
164. 181 17 Nicholas Andries 2 1543
165. 83 -82 Ryan Punsalan 2 1542
166. 182 16 Indy Kassy 2 1536
167. 183 16 Joey McGuire 2 1535
168. 184 16 Kol Bailey 2 1522
169. 185 16 Ayden Rose 2 1517
170. 186 16 Joshua Wright 2 1517
171. 187 16 Alex Zhang 2 1511
172. 188 16 Chris Dietel 2 1511
173. 189 16 Trevor Sandridge 2 1509
174. 190 16 Jeff Westlund 2 1502
175. 191 16 Louie Pagano 2 1501
176. 193 17 Rodrigo Gutierrez 2 1498
177. 194 17 Colin Neal 2 1492
178. - - Andres Noriega 2 1484
179. 195 16 Diego Rodriguez 2 1484
180. - - Josh Ward 2 1481
181. 196 15 Marcus McDuffie 2 1477
182. 197 15 Alan Isambard 2 1440
183. - - Leonardo Oliveira 2 1440
184. 198 14 Tim Horrell 2 1440
185. 74 -111 Renato Jader David 2 1439
186. - - Dylan Denhaese 2 1399
187. 199 12 Christopher Barrios 2 1378
188. - - Daniel Ali 2 1357
189. - - Gracian Rzedzian 2 1357
190. - - Yuli Feng 2 1336
191. 105 -86 Jacob Heavlow 2 1306
192. - - Nicholas Terlecki 2 1150
193. 30 -163 Jace Denmark-Gessel 1 1022
194. 66 -128 Christian Brooks 1 991
195. 200 5 Ben Cooper 1 945
196. 202 6 Cedrik Lupien 1 908
197. 53 -144 Joey Brienza 1 898
198. 104 -94 Gunnar Bischoff 1 897
199. 203 4 Felipe Carvajal-Salvany 1 894
200. 204 4 Evan Hagberg 1 888
201. 205 4 Diego Ortiz 1 884
202. 206 4 Cody Diggs 1 880
203. 207 4 Brody Shucard 1 877
204. - - Josh Campbell 1 860
205. - - Gino Sandoval 1 851
206. 126 -80 Valentin Andrieux 1 849
207. - - Jimmy Simpson 1 847
208. 211 3 Chase Jones 1 845
209. - - Sarah Densham 1 843
210. 212 2 Gavin Iby 1 841
211. 214 3 Daniel Fellows 1 836
212. - - Colin McGrath 1 834
213. - - Josef Newgarden 1 829
214. - - Cole Morgan (TX) 1 827
215. 216 1 Olivia Rieding 1 827
216. 218 2 Aiden Levy 1 823
217. - - David Schorn 1 823
218. 220 2 Cameron Martino 1 821
219. 223 4 Jason Holycross 1 819
220. 224 4 Nathan Nicholson 1 818
221. - - Thane Morgan 1 818
222. 227 5 Beckett Andrew 1 810
223. - - Scott Cherry 1 810
224. 228 4 Ian Quinn 1 809
225. 230 5 Shek Liu 1 806
226. 231 5 Douglas Creesy 1 804
227. 232 5 Laurent Legault 1 803
228. 233 5 Massimo Sanchez-Lara 1 803
229. - - Dustin Deleon 1 802
230. 234 4 Camryn Reed 1 800
231. - - Kyle Larson 1 798
232. 235 3 Nicholas Frangoulis 1 798
233. 236 3 Ian Bland 1 795
234. 106 -128 Ryan Martin 1 795
235. - - Randy Russell 1 794
236. 237 1 Adam Maxwell 1 791
237. 238 1 Jack Ryan 1 790
238. 239 1 Jack Wheaton 1 789
239. 241 2 Clayton Byers 1 787
240. - - Joshua Wheeler 1 785
241. 243 2 Nolan Bower 1 784
242. 114 -128 Logan Mueller 1 782
243. - - Stan Crocker 1 781
244. 245 1 Aaron Farhadi 1 779
245. - - Mathew Cherry 1 777
246. 247 1 Samuel Ruck 1 774
247. 248 1 Giuliano Stefanatto 1 772
248. - - Bryahn Shaw 1 769
249. 251 2 James Carson 1 765
250. 132 -118 Axel Cabrera 1 764
251. 253 2 Lucas Pernod 1 762
252. 254 2 Logan Hanato 1 761
253. 255 2 Morgan Burkhard 1 761
254. 257 3 Steven Williamson 1 753
255. 259 4 Joey Brey 1 746
256. 260 4 Pierre Thompson 1 744
257. 81 -176 Elliott Budzinski 1 738
258. 261 3 Ethan Weiss 1 737
259. 264 5 Jorge Leroux 1 731
260. 265 5 Joseph Brey 1 727

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