2009 ARA Series Competition Index
ASCS Rebel Sprint Cars, True Value Modified, SCCA Trans-Am, and FIA GP2 Asia Lead ARA Series Competition Index Honors
Auto Racing Analysis is pleased to present the 2009 ARA Series Competition Index results, produced from analyzing the results of 306 racing series worldwide.
The ARA Competition Index is determined by dividing the number of 2009 race winners by the number of 2009 races in each series (example: 7 race winners in 7 races, 1.000; 6 winners in 9 races, 0.667). In series featuring driving teams of two or more drivers, the number of winners is based upon the number of teams scoring wins.
Four ARA Competition Index categories are presented: Series of Less Than 15 Races, Series of 15 Races or More, Ladder Series, and Pinnacle Series.
SERIES OF LESS THAN 15 RACES
The leader of the Series of Less Than 15 Races category in 2009 was the ASCS Rebel Sprint Car series with seven winners in seven races. The series not only led all series but was also the leading Open Wheel Oval and Sprint Car series.
Leading the Stock Car series and tied for third ranking overall with five winners in five races were the NASRA National All-Star Late Model series and the Wisconsin Challenge Late Model series, each with five winners in five races.
The AVSS Auto Value Super Sprint Series ranked fifth overall at 0.909 with ten winners in eleven races and led all series of 10 or more races and led the Open Wheel Oval Pavement series. The NW I-5 Dirt Car Late Model Tour led the Stock Car Series of 10 or more races. The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified series led the Modified series; the Race of Champions Dirt Modified series led among Dirt Modified series. The SCCA Trans-Am led the Road Racing Series, the Brazilian Stock Car series led the Road Racing series of 10 or more races, and the GARRA Koni GS series led the North American Road Racing series of 10 or more races.
The LeMans Series GT1 was the leading GT series, the USAC Regional Midget series led the Midget series, the FIA GP2 Asia series was the leading Road Racing Open Wheel series, and the SCCA Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup was the leading Road Racing Spec One-Make Series.
SERIES OF 15 OR MORE RACES
The True Value Modified series led the 15 or More Races category in 2009 with twelve winners in fifteen races (0.800) and also led the Open Wheel Oval category. The BCRA Midget series, with thirteen winners in seventeen races (0.765) ranked second overall and led the Midget series. The USAC/CRA Sprint Car series led the Sprint Car category. Europe’s soccer team-sponsored Superleague led the Road Racing and Road Racing Open Wheel contingent. The All-Star Dirt Late Model series led both the Stock Car and Dirt Late Model contingents. The Turismo Carretera Argentina was the leading Production-Based Road Racing series. The Pavement Stock Car category was led by the American-Canadian Tour. Italy’s Porsche Carrera Cup series was the leading Spec One-Make series. The USAC Focus Midget California Pavement series led the Pavement Midget category. The IRL Indy Lights series led the Open Wheel Diversified (road course and ovals) category. The Dutch GT4 Cup and the Brazilian GT3 series tied for GT category honors.
The SCCA Trans-Am led the 2009 Pinnacle Series category overall and in the Road Racing category with six winners in seven races (0.857). The GARRA Koni GS series led the Road Racing series of 10 or more races. The LeMans Series GT1 class led the Endurance Racing and GT categories. The USAC Silver Crown series led the Open Wheel contingent. The German Touring Car (DTM) series led the Touring Car series. The FIA GP2 series was the leader among Road Racing Open Wheel series. The NASCAR Canadian Tire series led the Stock Car category. The USAC Sprint Car series led the Sprint Car series. The leading Dirt Late Model series was the NARA Lucas Dirt Late Model series. The All-Star Sprint Car series led the Dirt Sprint Car category.
The designation as a “pinnacle” series involves some subjective input, with a “pinnacle series” being defined as generally considered to be at the top of each category’s pecking order. There is no implication that one category of racing is superior to another.
The FIA GP2 Asia series led the 2009 Ladder Series category with eight winner in eleven races (0.727) and also led the Road Racing series. The SCCA Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup led the North American Road Racing category and the One-Make Series category. The NASCAR K & N East series led the Stock Car contingent. The IRL Indy Lights series led the North American Open Wheel contingent. The Italian Formula Renault series was the leading Formula Renault series. The Spanish Formula 3 series was the top Formula 3 championship, and its secondary class led the Formula 3 secondary class category. North America’s Formula 2000 Championship was the leading Formula Ford series. Formula BMW Europe was the leading Formula BMW series. Germany’s Porsche Carrera Cup was the leading Porsche Cup series.