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Little Train... no, more like Night Train! #2... no, definitely more like #1!

Lionel Calisto has just capped off an incredible three year run in the Pacific Majors by finishing; 2nd in 2015, 2nd in 2016 and finally, deservedly 1st place in 2017. Lionel is the the 2017 Mario Andretti Driver of the Year.

He competed in all 14 events making him one of our Iron Men. He won his club championship (California) for the third year in a row and is a member of the back to back constructor champions, Alliance Racing. On the season he had seven top 5's and one victory (New Hampshire).

What can he do for an encore? Can he be the first driver to repeat as champion? Can he become the first unified Champion of the Majors Series, besting his counterparts from the; Atlantic, European and International regions?

Those are good questions, but what I wan to know is... will he wear the #1???

Congratulations Lionel!

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There are many ways to distribute points in racing and seemingly more being created every year. For us the most important purpose any points structure is to crown a deserving champion. Next it should accurately rank the remaining drivers and lastly it should encourage continued participation by as many drivers as possible.

With more variation in grid sizes in 2018 it became important to make the points linear. No longer will the 1st place points in any of the Sportsman splits be fixed.

If for example the Pro split has 55 drivers in it, last place will get 129 points. 1st place in the Sportsman 1 split will get 128 pts (the equivalent to 56th place). If we are running a dirt race and the A Main has 15 drivers then 15th place would get 189 pts and 1st place in Sportsman 1 would get 186 pts (equivalent to 16th place). Below are the first 30 places to give you an idea.

Place / Points

1st / 250

2nd/ 240

3rd / 235

4th/ 232

5th/ 219

6th / 216

7th / 213

8th / 210

9th / 207

10th / 204

11th / 201

12th / 198

13th / 195

14th / 192

15th / 189

16th / 186

17th / 183

18th / 180

19th / 177

20th / 174

21st / 172

22nd / 170

23rd / 168

24th / 166

25th / 164

26th / 162

27th / 160

28th / 158

29th / 156

30th / 154

Additionally we retain two drop weeks, one oval and one road.

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