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Driver Rankings

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm open wheel racing news

The end-of-the-year EFCN Driver Rankings were released this past weekend. Conor Daly retains the top spot with 10,360 points after claiming the 2010 Star Mazda Championship.

The biggest movers inside the top-20 were Indy Lights competitor Adrian Campos Jr. (up five spots) and Star Mazda competitor Joao Horto (up four spots).

USF2000 runner-up Patrick McKenna picked up the most positions of drivers inside the top-100 this month by jumping from 69th to 32nd. McKenna had a great season and really it’s surprising to not see him higher up the charts. The Irishman completed his rookie USF2000 season with two wins and eight podiums.

Fellow USF2000 competitor Javier Barrales picked up 17 spots this month, ending up 60th overall.  Star Mazda driver Juan Piedrahita, who has really flown-under-the-radar, gained 15 positions, jumping from 88th to 73rd in October. Matthew Powers, who spent the 2010 season in USF2000, broke into the top-100, ranking 77th. Indy Lights competitor Brandon Wagner — who won at Homestead-Miami — picked up 11 spots to finish 89th after being ranked 100th last month.



  1. OopenWheel on October 26, 2010 4:31 pm

    I feel the guy at Eformulacar ranking didn’t give Patrick the credit he deserved.Mckenna didn’t put a wheel off all year and was very fast.whats up with the lack of respect towards USF2000?

  2. Ryan on October 27, 2010 2:52 pm


    In EFCN’s defense, their ranking system isn’t based on opinion. They simply plug in the numbers (using their formula) to obtain a driver’s ranking for the month. Personally, I agree some drivers seem to be ranked higher than they should be, while others appear lower than I feel they should be…. but at least the ranking system is consistent and numerical based. In reality, a ranking system doesn’t mean that much. It’s basically just fun to look at.

    This might explain it better:
    (per EFCN’s website)

    The EFCN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in the pro junior formula car series races in North America (Indy Lights, Star Mazda Championship, F2000 Championship Series, Pacific F2000 Championship, USF2000 National Championship, Formula Enterprises Pro Series and Skip Barber National). Assembled using events from the last 12 months, we use a driver’s best 10 finishes in order to determine their overall current point total. With each new month, results from the previous year are discarded to deliver the current ranking list.

    Each series was initially weighted based on its prestige and history, the events and tracks at which it races, and of course the depth of talent, with a score of 10 being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2010, Indy Lights were given a base ranking of 9.4, Star Mazda was placed with a 9.2 score, F2000 Championship, USF2000 National Champion have a base ranking of 9, while Pacific F2000 Championship, FE Pro Series and Skip Barber National have a ranking of 8.9.

    Added to the initial base ranking is the variable of field size, which helps confirm the importance, strength and competitiveness of the series. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, with a full field of 30 cars or more providing one full point. Another full point or fraction of a point will be added based on the field strength of each event. The percentage of the top-50 ranked drivers in the race will also be factored into the final event ranking. 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 10 races, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.

  3. CL on October 31, 2010 8:55 pm

    Does anyone really care if the drivers from the USF2000 series have advanced in driver ranking? The series’ biggest field of the year was maybe 15 drivers. I’m sure a third of those had free entry for that race weekend anyways.

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