2021 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings – TaG – Final

Fourth time for Norberg to end season as ‘Driver of the Year’

Ryan Norberg finishes the 2021 season atop of the EKN TaG Driver Rankings (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca)

The 2021 season has ended after the final events on the competition calendar have been put into the books. This past year could be one of the longest in recent seasons, following the most challenging in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic. Numbers at the national level down to the club scene continue to grow, making 2021 a success across the board. Before turning the page to the 2022 season, the EKN TaG Driver Rankings final standings have been tabulated with Rolison Performance Group pilot Ryan Norberg earning ‘Driver of the Year’ status for a fourth time.

Since the opening of the 2021 season, Norberg moved up to the #1 spot at the start of the year after Arias Deukmedjian and Luca Mars transitioned from karts to cars as the co-#1 drivers to end 2020. Norberg held the position throughout the season, clinching the top spot after earning the big victory to close out the year – the SKUSA SuperNationals. Norberg set history with the victory and ending 2021 as the ‘Driver of the Year’, becoming the first driver to win at the SKUSA SuperNationals AND finish as the #1 in the TaG Driver Rankings. The second spot exchanged for the final standings as Senior rookie Connor Zilisch (Team Nitro / Tony Kart) finished the season as the #2 thanks to his podium finish at the SuperNationals. While the Florida Winter Tour champion performed strong in both X30 Senior and KA100 Senior throughout the season, Norberg’s SuperNationals victory kept him off the #1 position. 2021 SKUSA Pro Tour champion Hannah Greenemeier (RPG / Kosmic) ended too many sessions in the barriers in Las Vegas. With a DNF on SuperSunday, no new race was added to her best seven results of 2021 toward the EKN Driver Rankings. This dropped her from second to third to close out the 2021 program.

SKUSA Pro Tour race winner Branyon Tiner and ROK Vegas winner Nate Cicero put four RPG / Kosmic drivers into the top-five. Tiner was in contention for the SKUSA title in 2021, coming up just short in the end. The Texan did not compete at the SuperNationals nor the ROK Vegas event, and thus was unable to add any more points to his end total for the 2021 season. Cicero was able to put himself up into the top-five thanks to his victory in November at the ROK Cup USA season finale. The 2021 Mazda Motorsports Spec MX-5 Shootout winner won in his temp circuit debut. He needed the LCQ to make the SuperSunday main event, moving up 18 spots in that race and another 22 in the Final to end up 16th at the checkered flag.

The movement dropped Pauly Massimino (RPM / Tony Kart) to the sixth spot in the final standings. Massimino finished fourth in the USPKS standings and 10th in the SKUSA Pro Tour championship. It was a year of growth for the Carolina driver, showing consistent speed and more maturity behind the wheel. Up three spots to the seventh position is Canadian Thomas Nepveu (Trinity / Kart Republic). The final two events of 2021 helped to boost his final standings position. A P11 at ROK Vegas helped but it was the podium finish at the SuperNationals that added to his point total. Nepveu was among those in contention throughout the week, winning two heat races toward earning the pole position for SuperSunday. He would never lead a lap in the Final but finished on the podium in fifth to close out 2021.

Down two positions each are Arias Deukmedjian (Trinity / Kart Republic) and Thomas Annunziata (MDR / Kosmic). Deukmedjian finished last year as the co-#1 driver and ran a limited schedule in 2021. He picked up victories at the SKUSA Winter Series and the USPKS programs, with his last race of 2021 at the SummerNationals. Annunziata nearly pulled off the victory in KA100 at the SuperNationals until contact on the last lap took him out of contention. He needed a LCQ to move on to SuperSunday in X30, climbing up 13 spots to 23rd. It was not enough to improve his final score for the 2021 season. Completing the top-10 for 2021 EKN TaG Driver Rankings is Diego Ramos (REM / Kosmic). A winner at the SKUSA Pro Tour WinterNationals, Ramos also ran a limited schedule, having the least events toward the EKN Driver Rankings in the top-10. A top-10 at the ROK Vegas event only improved his score three more points to keep him from losing the tenth spot to close out 2021.

No drivers fell out of the top-10 in the final release of the standings with Jacob Gerke the biggest mover in the final standings within the top-50. The Florida driver put in seven events for 2021, advancing 27 spots to 50th.


TaG #1 – Ryan Norberg
Orlando, Florida

(Photo: EKN)

Four Superkarts! USA Pro Tour championships is the bar set by Ryan Norberg in the X30 Senior division. That was all before the 2021 season. This year, he added another SKUSA Winter Series crown, his first United States Pro Kart Series title, and to close out the year, a victory at the SKUSA SuperNationals 24. Had it not been for the two DNF finishes at the SKUSA Pro Tour, it could have been a fifth championship. As mentioned before, he becomes the first driver to finish the EKN TaG Driver Rankings as the #1 after winning the SKUSA SuperNationals since the program began in 2007. Despite not earning that SKUSA title, the 2021 season could arguably be the best yet by the leader of ‘Norberg Nation’.

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
SKUSA Pro Tour 2021 #6 9.5 1 1086
SKUSA SuperNationals 24 10 1 1146

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 1.57
Average Points: 1079.1
Total Points: 7554

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TaG #2 – Connor Zilisch
Mooresville, North Carolina

(Photo: EKN)

It could be a one and done for Senior rookie Connor Zilisch. He made a statement early on in the season, winning at nearly every race he attended. That included the Florida Winter Tour – earning all three wins to secure the series championship, SKUSA Winter Series, USPKS, and SKUSA Pro Tour. He eventually advanced his way toward the top of the EKN Driver Rankings. The final boost was his performance at the SKUSA SuperNationals 24. Zilisch started P6 on SuperSunday, and the 2017 Mini Swift winner took the lead by the halfway point. It was a scramble after that, grabbing fourth by the checkered flag. We may not see Zilisch much at the kart track in 2022 thanks to winning the Mazda Motorsports MX-5 Shootout, set for a full run for the championship in 2022 and signing to compete in the Trans Am Series TA2 for the full 2022 season.

Point Breakdown

Race Rank Finish Points
United States Pro Kart Series ’21 #2 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
SKUSA SuperNationals 24 10 4 1112

Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.71
Average Points: 1059.4
Total Points: 7416

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TaG #3 – Hannah Greenemeier
Parker, Colorado

(Photo: EKN)

It was a record-breaking season for RPG driver Hannah Greenemeier. In May, she became the first female driver to claim victory in a headline SKUSA Pro Tour category. It was later in August that she became the second female driver to win a SKUSA Pro Tour championship, first in a headline division when she collected the most points in the X30 Senior standings. Greenemeier added her name to the list of female winners at the United States Pro Kart Series program when she scored the triumph in the series finale at GoPro. It’s been a long road to where she is now from those early days in Cadet, and there is more coming from the young lady in the future.

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

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.


2021 EKN TaG Driver Rankings – Final

Pos. Oct. 29 Plus/Minus Driver Races Score
1. 1 NC Ryan Norberg 24 7554
2. 3 1 Connor Zilisch 19 7416
3. 2 -1 Hannah Greenemeier 17 7340
4. 4 NC Branyon Tiner 18 7305
5. 8 3 Nathaniel Cicero 20 7185
6. 5 -1 Pauly Massimino 15 7177
7. 10 3 Thomas Nepveu 13 7146
8. 6 -2 Arias Deukmedjian 14 7127
9. 7 -2 Thomas Annunziata 22 7093
10. 9 -1 Diego Ramos 12 7044
11. 13 2 Alex Stanfield 18 6953
12. 11 -1 Brandon Jarsocrak 9 6903
13. 12 -1 John Burke 15 6894
14. 15 1 Alessandro de Tullio 16 6880
15. 14 -1 Mathias Ramirez 10 6862
16. 24 8 Cole Morgan 9 6832
17. 21 4 Dante Yu 9 6802
18. 16 -2 Jace Park 11 6773
19. 18 -1 Hayden Jones 18 6749
20. 15 -5 Aaron Benoit 14 6740
21. 33 12 Oliver Hodgson 7 6655
22. 19 -3 Maximilian Opalski 11 6573
23. 20 -3 Kyriakos Sioukas 9 6482
24. 23 -1 Tyler McIntyre 21 6452
25. 26 1 Westin Workman 10 6326
26. 22 -4 Luke Lange 10 6324
27. 28 1 Lucas Fecury 13 6252
28. 37 9 Colin Warren 9 6243
29. 29 NC Aidan Fox 19 6238
30. 32 2 Timothy Carel 18 6102
31. 30 -1 Finnegan Bayliff 11 6079
32. 31 -1 Gabe Tesch 9 5999
33. 34 1 Noah Harmon 10 5945
34. 35 1 Justin White 8 5943
35. 36 1 Ryan Vincent 7 5930
36. 41 5 Leonardo Hassan 10 5898
37. 38 1 Kieran Rogers 8 5882
38. 39 1 Santiago Benito 11 5848
39. 49 10 Mathieu Cousineau 8 5784
40. 43 3 Nicholas D'Andrea 9 5741
41. 44 3 Monroe Jordan 8 5726
42. 45 3 Oscar Panozzo 16 5724
43. 46 3 Christopher Mann 8 5702
44. 47 3 Andrew Chapman 8 5693
45. 52 7 Wes Duchak 8 5687
46. 48 2 Logan Vajda 17 5680
47. 40 -7 Michael Mallardi 8 5678
48. 42 -6 Kevin Raventos 10 5629
49. 51 2 Gracie Brown 8 5573
50. 77 27 Jacob Gerke 7 5516
51. 27 -24 Macy Williams 6 5511
52. 25 -27 Oliver Calvo 6 5500
53. 53 NC Santiago Fernandez 14 5443
54. 70 16 Trey Brown 6 5436
55. 54 -1 Sutter Gabel 7 5430
56. 72 16 Dalton Hannibal Hanes 6 5397
57. 56 -1 Haopeng Zhang 8 5362
58. 58 NC Ethan Ho 6 5269
59. 57 -2 Filip Niemkiewicz 6 5181
60. 59 -1 Jake Drew 5 5097
61. 87 26 Zachary Hollingshead 6 4987
62. 60 -2 Hallie Schroeder 6 4869
63. 61 -2 Justin Simpson 6 4767
64. 62 -2 Alex Dancho 6 4760
65. 74 9 Braden Eves 5 4679
66. 63 -3 Nick Ramirez 5 4669
67. 64 -3 Jon Rosado 6 4611
68. 65 -3 Serkan Ketenci 6 4606
69. 67 -2 Alex Nowysz 6 4586
70. 69 -1 Bryson Morris 5 4534
71. 68 -3 Liam Letzsch 5 4524
72. 97 25 Santiago Trisini 5 4517
73. 84 11 Paul Bocuse 5 4421
74. 71 -3 Chris Verrino 6 4410
75. 73 -2 Reilly Cann 5 4171
76. 86 10 Ryan Raffa 5 4089
77. 75 -2 Lucas Staico 5 4004
78. 76 -2 Dylan Beckwith 5 4003
79. 50 -29 Julia Boos 5 3983
80. 78 -2 Cole Schroeder 5 3958
81. 79 -2 Jack Manzari 5 3908
82. 80 -2 Jack Chmura 5 3902
83. 81 -2 Sebastian Montoya 4 3881
84. 82 -2 Juan Vega 5 3817
85. 106 21 Rylie Ramroop 5 3798
86. 66 -20 Luca Mars 4 3645
87. 83 -4 Andrew Zimmer 4 3593
88. 85 -3 Tyler Wettengel 4 3398
89. 134 45 Jack Jeffers 4 3361
90. 88 -2 Julian Peacock 4 3248
91. 89 -2 Frederik Lund 4 3184
92. 91 -1 Travis Roop 4 3157
93. 92 -1 Amanda Smalley 4 3130
94. 94 NC Octavio Rosales 4 2979
95. 114 19 Diego Contecha 3 2965
96. 178 82 Andres Noriega 4 2956
97. 110 13 Adam Ali 3 2764
98. 55 -43 Jonathan Portz 3 2755
99. 118 19 Colby DuBato 3 2616
100. 98 -2 Cade Downes 3 2588
101. 96 -5 Jenson Altzman 3 2539
102. 99 -3 Brian Boly 3 2524
103. - - Alex Powell 3 2511
104. 216 112 Aiden Levy 3 2445
105. 100 -5 Derek Wang 3 2432
106. 101 -5 Jack Hixson 3 2392
107. 102 -5 Ian Pirie 3 2384
108. 103 -5 Kyffin Simpson 3 2365
109. 104 -5 Tahlon Yockel 3 2345
110. 107 -3 Brendon Davis 3 2262
111. 108 -3 Aiden Hatcher 3 2231
112. 188 76 Daniel Ali 3 2144
113. - - Jake Craig 2 2038
114. 109 -5 Edward Portz 2 1998
115. - - Samuel Lupien 2 1934
116. 111 -5 Louie Westover 2 1848
117. 112 -5 Tevin Robbins 2 1836
118. 113 -5 Will Power 2 1834
119. - - Pedro Hiltbrand 2 1787
120. 116 -4 Mauricio J. Hernandez Guillen 2 1752
121. 117 -4 Alex Bertagnoli 2 1748
122. - - Frankie Mossman 2 1748
123. 119 -4 Ashley Rogero 2 1742
124. - - Jeremy Fletcher 2 1737
125. 120 -5 Matt Johnson 2 1737
126. 121 -5 Victor Franzoni 2 1730
127. 122 -5 Alex Siragusa 2 1727
128. - - Noel Jesus Leon Vasquez 2 1719
129. 204 75 Josh Campbell 2 1708
130. 123 -7 Rodrigo Piquet 2 1686
131. 125 -6 Ricky Worley 2 1663
132. 127 -5 Samuel Barrera-Garcia 2 1655
133. 128 -5 Gabe Sessler 2 1654
134. 129 -5 Stephen Dial 2 1654
135. 130 -5 Matthew Goddard 2 1646
136. 131 -5 Brent Crews 2 1632
137. 132 -5 Adam Smalley 2 1619
138. 133 -5 Karl Weber 2 1618
139. 135 -4 Andrew Wilson 2 1613
140. 90 -50 Austin Reichl 2 1603
141. 136 -5 Jimmie Lockhart 2 1603
142. 137 -5 Justin Dittrich 2 1594
143. 138 -5 Martin Arias 2 1590
144. 139 -5 Jake Preston 2 1588
145. 140 -5 Kason Lau 2 1588
146. 141 -5 Kieran Madden 2 1588
147. 142 -5 Alex Odenthal 2 1579
148. 143 -5 Jeff Lewis 2 1579
149. 144 -5 Max Burdick 2 1579
150. 145 -5 Seth Appel 2 1578
151. 147 -4 Neil Carvalho 2 1577
152. 148 -4 Athreya Venkata Ramanan 2 1575
153. 149 -4 Eduardo Duran 2 1569
154. 150 -4 Alex Westlund 2 1568
155. 151 -4 Jaques Rickords 2 1567
156. 152 -4 AJ Myers 2 1564
157. 153 -4 Cameron Martineau 2 1562
158. 154 -4 Frankie Xu 2 1561
159. 155 -4 Keegan Bosch 2 1560
160. 156 -4 Megan Camara 2 1558
161. 157 -4 Megan Moore 2 1556
162. 158 -4 Eded Bedwell 2 1554
163. 159 -4 Matt Goddard 2 1551
164. 160 -4 Andres Ardiles 2 1550
165. 126 -39 Mateo Villagomez 2 1549
166. 162 -4 Gavin Bayliff 2 1546
167. 163 -4 Jacque Rickords 2 1546
168. 165 -3 Ryan Punsalan 2 1542
169. 251 82 Lucas Pernod 2 1539
170. 166 -4 Indy Kassy 2 1536
171. 167 -4 Joey McGuire 2 1535
172. 168 -4 Kol Bailey 2 1522
173. 169 -4 Ayden Rose 2 1517
174. 161 -13 Floyd Kerr Jr. 2 1508
175. 174 -1 Jeff Westlund 2 1502
176. 175 -1 Louie Pagano 2 1501
177. 176 -1 Rodrigo Gutierrez 2 1498
178. 177 -1 Colin Neal 2 1492
179. 179 NC Diego Rodriguez 2 1490
180. 180 NC Josh Ward 2 1481
181. - - Ruben Rovelo 2 1481
182. 181 -1 Marcus McDuffie 2 1477
183. - - Jaiden Casas 2 1464
184. 182 -2 Alan Isambard 2 1440
185. 183 -2 Leonardo Oliveira 2 1440
186. 185 -1 Renato Jader David 2 1439
187. 186 -1 Dylan Denhaese 2 1399
188. 187 -1 Christopher Barrios 2 1378
189. 189 NC Gracian Rzedzian 2 1357
190. 95 -95 Kai Palomino 2 1346
191. 190 -1 Yuli Feng 2 1336
192. 191 -1 Jacob Heavlow 2 1306
193. 192 -1 Nicholas Terlecki 2 1150
194. - - Lorenzo Travisanutto 1 1020
195. 115 -80 Ryan Shehan 1 955
196. 195 -1 Ben Cooper 1 945
197. 194 -3 Christian Brooks 1 928
198. - - Patrick Woods-Toth 1 917
199. - - Gianluca Savaglio 1 910
200. 198 -2 Gunnar Bischoff 1 897
201. 199 -2 Felipe Carvajal-Salvany 1 894
202. 200 -2 Evan Hagberg 1 888
203. 201 -2 Diego Ortiz 1 884
204. 202 -2 Cody Diggs 1 880
205. - - Jacob Hoover 1 860
206. - - Dale Curran 1 858
207. 205 -2 Gino Sandoval 1 851
208. 124 -84 Aiden Kenny 1 849
209. 206 -3 Valentin Andrieux 1 849
210. 207 -3 Jimmy Simpson 1 847
211. 208 -3 Chase Jones 1 845
212. 209 -3 Sarah Densham 1 843
213. 210 -3 Gavin Iby 1 841
214. 212 -2 Colin McGrath 1 834
215. 213 -2 Josef Newgarden 1 829
216. - - Austin Boyle 1 828
217. 214 -3 Cole Morgan (TX) 1 827
218. 215 -3 Olivia Rieding 1 827
219. 217 -2 David Schorn 1 823
220. 218 -2 Cameron Martino 1 821
221. 219 -2 Jason Holycross 1 819
222. 220 -2 Nathan Nicholson 1 818
223. 221 -2 Thane Morgan 1 818
224. - - Adam Rylance 1 814
225. 222 -3 Beckett Andrew 1 810
226. 223 -3 Scott Cherry 1 810
227. 224 -3 Ian Quinn 1 809
228. - - Giovanni Ramirez 1 807
229. 225 -4 Shek Liu 1 806
230. 226 -4 Douglas Creesy 1 804
231. 227 -4 Laurent Legault 1 803
232. 228 -4 Massimo Sanchez-Lara 1 803
233. 229 -4 Dustin Deleon 1 802
234. - - Marco Maestranzi 1 802
235. 230 -5 Camryn Reed 1 800
236. 231 -5 Kyle Larson 1 798
237. 232 -5 Nicholas Frangoulis 1 798
238. 105 -133 Dylan Thurman 1 795
239. 233 -6 Ian Bland 1 795
240. 235 -5 Randy Russell 1 794
241. 236 -5 Adam Maxwell 1 791
242. - - Ariel Elkin 1 791
243. 237 -6 Jack Ryan 1 790
244. 238 -6 Jack Wheaton 1 789
245. 239 -6 Clayton Byers 1 787
246. 240 -6 Joshua Wheeler 1 785
247. 242 -5 Logan Mueller 1 782
248. 243 -5 Stan Crocker 1 781
249. 245 -4 Aaron Farhadi 1 779
250. - - Lewis Hodgson 1 779
251. - - Luis Schiavo 1 777
252. 245 -7 Mathew Cherry 1 777
253. 247 -6 Giuliano Stefanatto 1 772
254. 248 -6 Bryahn Shaw 1 769
255. - - Brett Revetta 1 768
256. 249 -7 James Carson 1 765
257. 252 -5 Logan Hanato 1 761
258. 253 -5 Morgan Burkhard 1 761
259. - - Maria Jose Perez-De Arce 1 756
260. 254 -6 Steven Williamson 1 753
261. 255 -6 Joey Brey 1 746
262. - - Marco Filice 1 746
263. 256 -7 Pierre Thompson 1 744
264. 257 -7 Elliott Budzinski 1 738
265. 258 -7 Ethan Weiss 1 737
266. 259 -7 Jorge Leroux 1 731
267. 260 -7 Joseph Brey 1 727
268. - - Carson Morgan 1 722
269. - - Griffin Dowler 1 715
270. 203 -67 Brody Shucard 1 705
271. 211 -60 Daniel Fellows 1 695
272. - - Danny Keirle 1 688
273. - - Ryan MacDermid 1 675

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