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USCC Point Standings
2014 After Road Atlanta
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
Prototype Drivers
1 Joao Barbosa 349
1 Christian Fittipaldi 349
2 Jordan Taylor 330
2 Ricky Taylor 330
3 Michael Valiante 318
3 Richard Westbrook 318
4 Scott Pruett 317
5 Gustavo Yacaman 287
6 Memo Rojas 285
7 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 281
7 John Pew 281
8 Ed Brown 262
8 Johannes van Overbeek 262
9 Ryan Dalziel 228
9 Scott Sharp 228
10 Joel Miller 222
11 Tristan Nunez 208
12 Sylvain Tremblay 179
13 Eric Curran 175
14 Olivier Pla 172
15 Alex Brundle 169
16 Boris Said 168
17 Burt Frisselle 154
18 Tom Long 137
19 Katherine Legge 131
20 Max Angelelli 121
21 Andy Meyrick 111
22 Brian Frisselle 106
23 Sage Karam 104
24 Sebastien Bourdais 100
25 Gabby Chaves 82
26 Scott Dixon 81
27 HoPin Tung 80
28 Mike Rockenfeller 76
29 Marino Franchitti 24 8 36 1 60
30 Tristan Vautier 59
31 Jon Fogarty 55
32 Simon Pagenaud 52
33 David Brabham 50
34 Tony Kanaan 50
35 Max Papis 49
36 Klaus Graf 46
36 Lucas Luhr 46
37 Guy Cosmo 46
38 Anthony Lazzaro 46
39 Ben Devlin 46
40 Justin Wilson 43
41 Byron DeFoor 41
41 David Hinton 41
41 Jim Pace 41
42 Wayne Taylor 33
43 Fabien Giroix 31
43 John Martin 31
44 Alex Popow 30
45 Roman Rusinov 26
45 Oliver Webb 26
46 Kyle Larson 24
47 Frank Beck 23
48 Bradley Smith 22
49 Jamie McMurray 21
50 AJ Allmendinger 20
51 Jann Mardenborough 19
52 James Hinchcliffe 19
53 Alexander Rossi 16
54 Sebastian Saavedra 16
55 Brendon Hartley 15
55 E.J. Viso 15
56 Memo Gidley 14
56 Alex Gurney 14
57 Scott Mayer 3
58 Pierre Kaffer 1
59 Darren Law 1
The New Generation

By Wayde Alfarone
Monday, March 17, 2014

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Go-Karts are the best training ground for any driver who aspires to go professional
After watching the 24 hours of racing in Daytona it hit me. Many drivers are familiar, and some more familiar than others, at least to me. Watching the new breed of young drivers in the Rolex 24 hour race I was amazed at how seasoned they seemed!  A mix of experienced older drivers and what appeared to be old souls handling themselves with agility and speed, most within seconds of one another.

Let’s go back a few years and you will see why this hit home for me. In the early 2000’s I owned a kart track in Central Florida and I fondly remember watching youngsters’ race junior karts, with trepidation, but still with the dream of someday being a professional race car driver.

Sometimes I would speculate as to who would make it, and who would not. I have since come to realize that it’s not always the fastest driver, and rarely the ones without fear that make it to the pro’s.

Contrary it’s a complex mixture of skill, personality, connections, and yes a little money helps. The total package.

Soon after opening the track I realized that karting was made up of the most dedicated athletes I had ever met, traveling from every part of the United States, and in many cases other countries, all for a plastic trophy, bragging rights, and a chance to make it big.

The cost to race was not cheap, in fact I remember spending more on my karting habit than my later SCCA racing. Even still, I’m sure if you ask any professional driver they will tell you that the experience gained in a kart is invaluable in other forms of racing, especially sports car racing. This is why you will often see your favorite pro practicing in karts.

Over the years I’ve seen a thing or two, I’ve had the pleasure of watching Marco Andretti race my track as a fourteen year old. I’ve watched Memo Gidley practice in the rain side by side with Graham Rahal, I’ve had the pleasure of tuning karts for Ricky and Jordan Taylor. I raced  for 24 hours against Wayne, Ricky, and Jordan Taylor with my teammates Glenn Howe, Jay Demarken, and John Dean, yes, in go karts!

What an incredible time we all had, and what a beating we all took. I had Jonathan Summerton attend my driving school and later race on my team, what memories.

And as I watched the Rolex this year, I realized a large number these kids are no longer kids, they are the very pro’s they dreamed of becoming.  Watching Wayne race with his two sons along with adopted family member Max Angelelli was truly a thrill for me, and to say that Rickey and Jordan are the total package as drivers is an understatement!

They’re as great at being people as they are drivers. If you get a chance, go watch a kart race, you never know which one of those kids will be the next great champion!

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