The Motor Racing Game

July 28, 2014

Week 29

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Welcome to week 29 – four races this weekend. Finland hosts the WRC; NASCAR is at the tri-oval of Pocono; Indycar is at the Mid-Ohio road race circuit; and DTM is in Spielberg, Austria. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-nine-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Some notes from last week: Drewe reported that his firewall had detected a virus in the “picks” website. I could not find any issues but reloaded the site from backup to be safe. He rechecked at a later time and no virus was reported. But then Sebastian reported that the site was down, and I found that there were sporadic server problems, but again no issues with the site’s files. In cases like this please use the WordPress blog to “manually” list your picks (as Chris did). Since all is well now, and I could not find any issues with the site itself, my guess is that it was the hosting company suffering from a malicious attack, and not the picks site itself.

Also I learned from Sebastian that Indycar did run both races last week, which I missed. I redid the results from the Indycar website. Sebastian has produced the Race 1/Race 2/Combined results table, which you can find here: https://themotorracinggame.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/toronto2014-double-header.jpg. It means that Sebastian and I tied for the week’s win. The “picks” site has the updated scores for last week, and the season-long standings below reflect this change, as well as this week’s result.

Scores from week 28:

F1 Hungary, NASCAR Indianapolis, USCC Indianapolis:

Week28Rslts

Rain played a significant role in the Hungary F1 Grand Prix, with teams playing various tire strategies depending on how they felt the weather would develop. The winner, Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull team got it right when they put Ricciardo on intermediates during a second safety car period, which came about as a result of Sergio Perez crashing on the front straight. He got around Fernando Alonso with just a few laps left to take the win. Lewis Hamilton was also a tire-choice winner, starting from the pits on intermediates, and almost getting the win which would have been the first time in history that a driver won from a pit start. He did have to fight off his team mate, Nico Rosberg, in the final lap, which included running Rosberg off the track while exiting one of the final corners. Felipe Massa used a three stop strategy to give him fifth, and Kimi Raikkonen got his best result of the year in sixth. Sebastian Vettel was running close to the front until a spin mid-race dropped him back, and ultimately left him with a seventh place finish, just ahead of Valtteri Bottas in eighth.

Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR race at Indianapolis and became the first NASCAR five-time winner at that track, and equaling Michael Schumacher who won five times there. Joe Gibbs Racing also had a good day with their drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth taking the next three finishing spots. Our only pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 9th.

It was another close race in the USCC event at the Indianapolis road circuit, with five teams finishing on the same lap, and all within about 10 seconds of one another, other than the winning Corvette – the #5 Action Express car, which took a 48s victory. But even the #5 had to battle for much of the event, and their finishing margin was mostly down to avoiding a late pit stop that all the other teams required. The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford took the second spot, followed by the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette, and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette. Our other pick, the #42 Oak Racing Nissan/Morgan, finished eighth and a lap down, after spinning on the first lap which put them at the back of the field.

Player’s Scores:

Week28PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my fifth win of the year with two ties. Making an even split between F1 and USCC, along with picking the #01 Ganassi Racing car in USCC made the difference. In the season-long standings Drewe overhauls Greased Lightning who suffered with a bold, but comparatively unsuccessful NASCAR pick …

Standings:

Week28Standings

July 21, 2014

Week 28

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Welcome to week 28 – three races this weekend. F1 is at the Hungaroring in Hungary, NASCAR is on the big oval at Indianapolis, and the USCC is on the road course also at Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-eight-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 27:

F1 Hockenheim, Indycar Toronto:

Week27Rslts

The F1 race at Hockenheim in Germany was dominated by the Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg. His usual competition – teammate Lewis Hamilton – had a hard crash during qualifying, resulting in him starting well down on the grid, in 20th place. But aggressive driving got Hamilton on to the podium by the end, finishing in third place just behind Valterri Bottas. Sebastian Vettel inherited third place after Kevin Magnussen and Felipe Massa got together on the first corner of the race, and despite a battle with Fernando Alonso, Vettel only got passed by Hamilton, giving him a fourth place finish, with Alonso finishing right behind in fifth. Daniel Ricciardo pressured Alonso at the end, but not enough to take the position, so finished sixth. Nico Hulkenberg finished seventh, and Jenson Button finished eighth after having to make a late third tire stop. We picked all the top eight drivers. That first corner incident resulted in Massa rolling his Williams-Mercedes, so that was the end of his day – classified in 22nd and last position.

The Indycar double-header in Toronto ended up being a single race event after heavy rain forced the cancellation of the first race, even though the cars took to the track and followed the pace car (which incidentally spun in the treacherous conditions) for 13 laps. The planned second race did go ahead on Sunday and was won by Mike Conway. There was rain again, not as heavy as Saturday, but it did mean the teams had to change tires from slicks to wet, then back to slicks again once the showers disappeared, and Conway’s Ed Carpenter Racing team mastered the changes better than the rest. Tony Kanaan finished second, and the first of our picks Will Power finished third. Scott Dixon was the next best of our picks, finishing 7th; Helio Castroneves finished 12th after receiving some damage after contact with another car; Ryan Hunter-Reay was involved in a multi-car crash toward the end of the race, so finished 14th; and Simon Pagenaud finished 22nd after suffering from mechanical problems for most of the race.

Player’s Scores:

Week27PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his fifth win of the year with one tie. Hard to discern the differentiator for Chris’ win. No changes in the season-long standings, but with Greased Lightning missing the week and taking the 80% (of the lowest score) default score, Drewe has closed to just 3 points behind …

Standings:

Week27Standings

July 14, 2014

Week 27

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Welcome to week 27 – just two races this weekend. F1 is at Hockenheim in Germany, and Indycar races has a double-header around the “streets” of Exhibition Place in Toronto. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-seven-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 26:

MotoGP Germany, NASCAR New Hampshire, Indycar Iowa, USCC Canada, DTM Russia:

Week26Rslts

Marc Marquez is now nine-for-nine after winning at the Sachsenring in Germany. Like the last race, rain again disrupted proceedings with just Stefan Bradl who was gridded third, Hiroshi Aoyama who was gridded 16th, and some more riders behind Aoyama all starting on slicks. All the other top riders started from the pits after deciding too late to switch to slicks for the quickly drying track. But that didn’t stop Marquez who needed just six laps to go from the pit lane to first place, and on to the win. Dani Pedrosa managed to keep up with Marquez’s charge to the top, and duly finished second. Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi took the next two spots. Andrea Dovizioso was on the losing end of a race-long battle with the Espargaros brothers, finished 8th. Stefan Bradl who essentially started with a comfortable lead after making what seemed like a wise tire choice, apparently had not been so wise with his bike setup, which was prepped for the rain, causing him to spiral backward throughout the race to a 16th place finish.

Brad Keselowski took his third win of the year in NASCAR at the New Hampshire Speedway. There were a few crashes, most notably Jimmie Johnson who crashed out early in the race – just like the last race. And Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick had better races than their final classification of 26th and 30th respectively indicate; both looked like they’d have a top-10 finish until they ran out of gas in the closing laps. Joey Logano looked set to take 2nd place until Morgan Shepherd who was 15 laps down took him out in the latter part of the race.

On the short track in Iowa Ryan Hunter-Reay pitted from the middle of the pack with just 10 laps to go, when the leaders stayed out. It seems he made the right choice – the fresh tires took him quickly through the field and on to the win. Josef Newgarden did the same thing, and he got second place, so it was clearly the thing to do. Third place Tony Kanaan was one of those who stayed out and could not hold on to the lead with the worn tires. Helio Castroneves also faded toward the end finishing 8th, while his teammate Will Power had a brush with the wall which meant he was unable to finish better than 14th. In between the two, in 11th, was Simon Pagenaud. Our other pick, Juan Pablo Montoya was taken out by Ed Carpenter while scrapping for sixth place with 20 laps to go (of 300), and ended up classified in 16th place.

Despite all their complaints about the unfair speed advantage of the Corvettes at the last race at Watkins Glen, the #42 Oak Nissan/Morgan led from start to finish in the USCC event in Canada, beating the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette; although to be fair with the #90, they did have some gearbox problems during the race, which dropped them to third place for much of the race. But eventually they got around the eventual third place finisher the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette, and almost caught the #40. The last car on the lead lap at the finish, and in fourth place, was the #5 Action Express Corvette. The #01 Ganassi Racing car had to retire after only 46 laps (of 133) for unreported reasons; they finished classified in 35th place.

The DTM race in Moscow was won by Maxime Martin in just his fifth DTM race. Mike Rockenfeller collected Adrien Tambay in a late crash putting them both out, with a finishing classification of 20th for Rockenfeller. Our other pick, Edoardo Mortara finished 9th.

Player’s Scores:

Week26PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighth win of the season. Employing picks in three series made the difference over my picks in just two series that includes the plagued #01 Ganassi car in USCC. That enables him to get 9 points closer to me at the top of the season standings. In the back-and-forth battle for 3rd place, Chris retakes the position from Greased Lightning, with Drewe still in striking distance …

Standings:

Week26Standings

July 7, 2014

Week 26

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Welcome to week 26 – five races this weekend. MotoGP is at the Sachsenring in Germany, NASCAR visits Loudon in New Hampshire, Indycar is in Iowa, USCC is at the Canadian Tire track (formerly Mosport) in Canada, and DTM is in Moscow, Russia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-six-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 25:

F1 Silverstone, NASCAR Daytona, Indycar Pocono:

Week25Rslts

A Brit won the British GP in F1 after his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg had to retire from a comfortable lead with a broken gearbox. Valtteri Bottas had a superb race to finish second after starting 14th. Third place Daniel Ricciardo also had a great race after he started eighth. Jenson Button finished fourth after employing a one-stop pit strategy (like his team-mate, Ricciardo). Sebastian Vettel started on the front row, but had a bad start and never really challenged for a podium spot, finishing fifth. Behind him, in sixth place was Fernando Alonso who received a 5-second stop-and-go penalty for starting out of position. In seventh was Kevin Magnussen, and eighth was Nico Hulkenberg. Kimi Raikkonen had a bad crash on the opening lap, which took out Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi. Raikkonen reported ankle pain, but no word on whether the injury is serious.

The NASCAR race at Daytona was supposed to be a Saturday night race, but it got postponed because of rain. Then on Sunday the start was delayed again because of rain, and at the end it was abandoned because of rain. They did, however, manage to get more than half the race in, between the rain, so the results were official with Aric Almirola taking the win, and likely putting him in the Chase. There were two big crashes. Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon, were among 16 cars that were involved in the first pile-up. Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, and Kasey Kahne set off the second crash which involved 26 cars and included Kyle Busch flipping upside down, which he described as a “slow-motion carnival ride”! No one was hurt in either incident. Only 20 cars finished on the lead lap, or one-lap down, so the crashes took out more than half the field, including our pick Jimmie Johnson who was unable to continue after the first crash, finishing classified in 42nd place. Our other pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., did manage to avoid damage in the crashes and was one of the few to finish on the lead lap, in 14th place.

With all the practice Juan-Pablo Montoya has had in the NASCAR races at Pocono over the last few years, it seems fitting that he won the Indy race there this weekend. His two team-mates, Helio Castroneves and Will Power, were both in contention for the win, with Castroneves eventually finishing behind Montoya in second. But Power got a stop-and-go penalty for blocking Castoneves, so that doomed him to a 10th place finish. Our other two picks, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud, finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Player’s Scores:

Week25PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my fourth outright win of the year, with one tie. Picking Montoya seems to have made a notable difference, although getting six of the top eight finishers in F1 also helped. That puts me back into the lead of the season’s standings. With Chris missing the week, it also meant that Greased Lightning was able to re-take third spot, and there’s only a small gap between Chris and Drewe …

Standings:

Week25Standings

June 30, 2014

Week 25

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Welcome to week 25 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Silverstone in the U.K., NASCAR is back at Daytona, and Indycar is at Pocono in Pennsylvania. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-five-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 24:

WRC Poland, MotoGP Holland, NASCAR Kentucky, Indycar Texas, USCC Watkins Glen, DTM Norisring:

Week24Rslts

The WRC visited Poland for the first time since 2009, but it didn’t go well for the organizers who were criticized for “dangerous” dust on the early super-special stage, and had two stages cancelled due to poor road conditions (excessive spectators were also mentioned). Nor did it go well for Poland’s Robert Kubica who rolled (again) and finished down in 20th. Most competitors had issues, with SS14 being particularly damaging, causing problems for 6 drivers, with Mads Ostberg getting the worse of it with a roll and out of the rally – no points for those who picked him. Jari-Matti Latvala suffered a broken strut on that stage, but got through it, and the next stage, to get to service and repairs. Being able to continue he clawed his way back to a fifth place finish. Ahead of him at the finish was Mikko Hirvonen, who didn’t have any notable problems, but didn’t drive well (probably because it was a fast rally that favored the tuned engines of the factory cars), but managed fourth with the attrition of most of the others. Clear at the front for virtually the whole rally was Sebastian Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen, who traded the top spot repeatedly for three days, until Mikkelsen lost his brakes on Sunday, and left Ogier with a comfortable win.

Marc Marquez is now eight for eight in MotoGP after winning in Assen. With a mix of rainy and dry conditions the race was interrupted with pit stops that caused problems for some, particularly Jorge Lorenzo who pitted too late for slicks and suffered the consequences with a 13th place finish. Rossi too was indecisive with his pit stop, causing him to have to drive through the field to finish a decent fifth given where he started. Dani Pedrosa had no such problems and finished third, but he never challenged the two front runners, Andrea Dovizioso who had the lead for quite a while, and Marquez who at the end rode away from Dovizioso for the win.

Brad Keselowski took the uncommon double at Kentucky’s speedway, claiming pole position in qualifying then taking the win in the night race. It’s his second win of the year, so he’s now a sho-in for the Chase. Our only pick Jimmie Johnson had a reasonably good race, finishing 10th.

Indycar had a double-header in Houston. Carlos Huertas was the surprise winner of race one, taking the victory through a combination of conserving fuel which meant he had one less pit stop, and some luck with crashes at the end of the race which helped his fuel conservation. Our two picks, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves finished 7th and 9th respectively. Simon Pagenaud took the win in race two, beating his teammate Mikhail Aleshin. Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth, and Helio Castroneves retired just after the half-way point, finishing classified in 21st place. In the combined results Hunter-Reay was 6th and Helio Castroneves 17th.

An extremely close race in the USCC 6-hour event at Watkins Glen with the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette taking the win by just 0.8s over the #42 Oak Racing Nissan-Morgan, with the latter complaining on the radio of the unfair straight-line speed that the Corvette used to pass the Nissan-Morgan in the closing laps. The two Action Express Corvettes also finished on the same lap with the #5 coming in ahead of the #9. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette was fifth. Our other pick, the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford-Riley finished 30th.

Like Keselowski in NASCAR, Robert Wickens in DTM took both pole position in qualifying, and went on to take the race win at the Norisring. And similar to MotoGP and Indycar (race 1), there was a mix of rainy conditions and dry conditions to mix things up. Our pick Bruno Spengler finished down in 11th place, seemingly due to a poor decision to wait until changing to slicks, since only then did he start showing good pace against the other drivers.

Player’s Scores:

Week24PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian again – his seventh fifth win of the year and two in a row and by a whopping 40 points. For Drewe, Greased Lightning, and me, the Ostberg pick was particularly damaging, not only leaving us in Sebastian’s wake, but giving Sebastian the lead in the standings …

Standings:

Week24Standings

June 22, 2014

Week 24

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Welcome to week 24 – six races this weekend. WRC is in Robert Kubica’s home turf with Rally Poland; MotoGP goes to Assen in Holland; NASCAR is in Kentucky; Indycar has a double-header at the street circuit in Houston, Texas; USCC is at Watkins Glen in a 6-hour race; and DTM is at the Norisring. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-four-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 23:

F1 Austria, NASCAR Sonoma:

Week23Rslts

The Mercedes once again dominated the F1 race with a one-two finish with Nico Rosberg finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton. But the third and fourth place finishes of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa kept it interesting for much of the race, with Massa leading early on, and both Williams drivers mixing it up with the Mercedes drivers. Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari was fifth. The Red Bull Renaults did not have a good day with Daniel Ricciardo not having the speed to do any better than 8th, and Sebastian Vettel having mechanical issues that finally put him out of the race just after half-way and classified in 21st. With our other picks Nico Hulkenberg finished 10th and Jenson Button 11th.

Carl Edwards is a pretty good road racer, having good results in the NASCAR road races last year, and dabbling in road racing outside NASCAR, and he showed his abilities in Sonoma by winning the race there this weekend. Jeff Gordon is another one with a good road racing resume, and in the final lap he was the only one in position to challenge Edwards, but had to settle for second. Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept up his string of good results by finishing third. Jimmie Johnson had the led for a few laps and finished 7th, while former road racer Marcus Ambrose had the lead about two-thirds of the way through the race, and finished 8th. We picked both Busch brothers with Kurt finishing 12th and Kyle 25th. Tony Stewart was our other pick and he finished 19th.

Player’s Scores:

Week23PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his sixth win of the year. It was surprisingly close amongst all of us (perhaps with the exception of me – I was 33 points adrift of Sebastian) considering the wide range of picks we made, particularly in NASCAR. Sebastian gets a whole lot closer to me at the top of the standings, and Chris re-passes Greased-Lightning for third …

Standings:

Week23Standings

June 16, 2014

Week 23

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Welcome to week 23 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Austria and NASCAR is at the road circuit of Sonoma in California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-three-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 22:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Michigan, WEC Le Mans:

Week22Rslts

Marc Marquez won his seventh MotoGP race in a row, but it’s getting harder and harder for him. In the last race it was Lorenzo that challenged Marquez for the win, and in this race, in addition to Lorenzo who finished fourth, it was Valentino Rossi who led a good portion of the race and finished second, and Dani Pedrosa who seriously challenged Marquez for the win, but contact between the two on the last lap left Pedrosa the worse off and a third place finish. Behind these four Stefan Bradl finished a distant fifth, but he was well ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Pol Espargaro, and Andrea Dovizioso in 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Our other pick, Alvaro Bautista finished classified in 22nd place after his bike quit on him after just 3 laps, possibly due to an electrical problem.

Jimmie Johnson is starting to act like Marc Marquez except in NASCAR. He took the win in Michigan this weekend making it back-to-back wins and three out of the last four races. Kevin Harvick had a chance to win until a poor last pit stop meant that he ended up having to fight his way back to a second place finish. Our other pick, Matt Kenseth, finished in 16th place.

Audi took the win and second place at the WEC 24-hour of Le Mans. But it could have been Toyota or Porsche, with cars from both of those teams holding a good lead at one point or another during the race. But as it is with the 24-hour race, attrition played a major role in the finishing order. Even the first place #2 Audi and second place #1 Audi both had to have their turbo-chargers changed during the last part of the race, and that left the #20 Porsche out front for a while. But the Porsche powertrain failed with just 34 laps to go, leaving them with a 39th place finish. With the Toyotas the pole-setting #7 had the lead through the 14th hour, but then were stranded out on track with electrical failure, and ultimately a 40th place finish. The #8 Toyota wasn’t in contention after a heavy crash early on in the race, but the hard-working crew patched the car well enough that they managed a third place finish when attrition with all the other cars had taken its toll. During that Toyota crash the car hit a GT car, which in turn took out the #3 Audi, which couldn’t be repaired, and ended up being classified in 51st place and no points for any of us – we all picked them.

Player’s Scores:

Week22PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe who gets his fourth win of the year. Ignoring the #7 Toyota that we all picked for just 1 point and the #3 Audi that we all picked for no points, Drewe had the top-5 perfect in MotoGP and the top-3 in WEC. Also with Greased Lightning besting Chris by 20 points, they change positions with Greased Lightning taking over the third spot …

Standings:

Week22Standings

On a personal note, if anyone is interested, I won both races of a Northeast Divisional Championship series double-header this weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway, in my Spec Racer Ford. I got two bottles of bubbly, two medals, and a set of brake pads, among other spoils of victory.

June 9, 2014

Week 22

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Welcome to week 22 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is in Catalunya, Spain; NASCAR is in Brooklyn, Michigan; and WEC has the famous 24-hours of Le Mans in France. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-two-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 21:

F1 Montreal, WRC Italy, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Texas:

Week21Rslts

Mercedes finally lost an F1 race – beaten by Red-Bull Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo in the seventh race of the season. But Nico Rosberg was still second, ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Then came Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg, and Fernando Alonso in sixth. Lewis Hamilton was battling his Mercedes teammate for the lead early on, but suffered rear-brake failure just over half way, to finish classified in 17th place.

Almost all the top drivers in the WRC event in Italy suffered problems in the event. Sebastien Ogier’s problems were related to him having to sweep the roads on Friday because he’s the leader of the championship and first to start. That put him down in 9th place after Friday’s action. But with everyone else having problems he eventually got back to the top of the leaderboard, and duly won the event. Mads Ostberg was about the only one who didn’t face issues, but couldn’t keep the flying VW of Ogier behind him, and finished second. Third was Jari-Matti Latvala, who was comfortably in the lead for a while until an off broke a wheel which he had to change mid-stage. And the third VW driven by Andreas Mikkelsen had damper problems leaving him in fourth. In fact without the latter two VW problems, it may well have been a VW 1-2-3. Thierry Neuville also had the lead of the rally for a while, on Friday, until a broken suspension caused him to lose more than 23 minutes making repairs on stage 5. He finished 16th. Mikko Hirvonen’s car caught fire between stages 3 and 4 – he and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen were unhurt, and that was the end for them – no points for those who picked him.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second race of the season in NASCAR’s race in Pocono, which assures him of a place in the Chase, even though we’re only just past the half-way point of the regular season. He beat Brad Keselowski who seemed to get distracted trying to get a piece of trash off his grill in the closing laps. Our only pick, Kyle Busch, finished 12th.

Ed Carpenter won the Indycar race on the oval in Texas. Will Power dominated much of the race but got caught speeding on pit lane, and after serving a drive-through penalty, it was all he could do to get back close to the front and pass Juan Pablo Montoya for 2nd place on the last corner of the last lap. Simon Pagenaud finished behind Montoya in 4th. Helio Castroneves was 8th. Ryan Hunter-Reay suffered engine failure just after half way, leaving him classified in 19th place.

Player’s Scores:

Week21PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lighting and his fourth win of the year. The combination of avoiding Mikko Hirvonen and picking Will Power made the difference. With Chris missing the week, Greased Lightning closes to just 10 points of Chris’ position …

Standings:

Week21Standings

 

June 2, 2014

Week 21

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Welcome to week 21 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal, Canada; WRC is in Sardinia, Italy; NASCAR is at the Pocono superspeedway in New York; and Indycar is at the Texas Motor Speedway oval just outside Dallas. We have dropped the USCC for this weekend since the premier Prototype (P) class is not racing. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-one-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 20:

MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Delaware, Indycar Michigan, USCC Michigan, DTM Hungaroring:

Week20Rslts Marc Marquez again won the MotoGP race, his sixth in a row, and this time in Italy. But Jorge Lorenzo who finished behind him kept him honest in a close finish with both riders swapping the lead over the final laps. Valentino Rossi had a good race finishing third considering his poor starting position (10th), but never challenged the two leaders. Dani Pedrosa also overcame a poor start to finish fourth. Pol Espargaro was fifth and Andrea Dovizioso sixth. Cal Crutchlow crashed out of the event on lap 4, ending in 21st in the general classification.

Last week in NASCAR Jimmie Johnson fans breathed a sigh of relief when he finally got a win. Clearly there was nothing to worry about since he won again this week at Dover, and in dominant style. Our other pick, Kyle Busch had an opposite race, finishing 42nd after he crashed into Clint Bowyer and was unable to continue.

Indycar was on Belle Island, part of the city of Detroit in Michigan, and it was a double header (full scoring table here: https://themotorracinggame.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/detroit2014-double-header.jpg). Will Power had a great race one, starting 16th on the grid but making his way through the field thanks in part to a bunch of yellows that caused restarts. Helio Castroneves seemed to get the raw end of the deal with the yellows, dropping from starting pole to finishing 5th. Scott Dixon finish11th. Ryan Hunter-Reay had to start at the back of the grid due to a crash during qualifying, then crashed again in race one to finish in 16th. Simon Pagenaud had an even worse day, coming into contact with Will Power early in the race in an aggressive move that finished with him in the wall and out of the race – classified in 22nd and last. In race two it was Helio Castroneves that managed to beat Will Power and take the win. Scott Dixon improved to a 4th place finish, as did Simon Pagenaud who finished 6th. Ryan Hunter-Reay had another miserable race when an electrical failure left him down in 19th place. So when combined our picks finished as follows: 1st Will Power (1st and 2nd places), 2nd Helio Castroneves (5th and 1st), 6th Scott Dixon (11th and 4th), 12th Simon Pagenaud (22nd and 6th), 19th Ryan Hunter-Reay (16th and 19th).

USCC was also on Belle Island, and like previous races it was extremely close with six prototypes finishing on the same lap at the end. It was the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette that took the win by a slim 0.2s over the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette. It might have been different with the #5 Action Racing Corvette challenging the #10 for the lead with just a lap remaining, but they came together and it was enough contact to cause a flat tire on the #5 and a 6th place finish. Finishing behind them, in 7th, was the #2 Extreme Speed HPD, 2 places behind their teammates in the #1 Extreme Speed HPD. The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford Riley had a miserable day, finishing 45 laps down in 30th place after suffering clutch problems.

Some small signs of predictability perhaps creeping in in DTM – Marco Wittman won the race at the Hungaroring. He’d had problems in the previous round, but had won the opener at Hockenheim. But there was a mix of drivers behind him, with Miguel Molina, Bruno Spengler, and Edoardo Mortara taking the next finishing spots; so a BMW-Audi-BMW-Audi finish. For our other picks, Mike Rockenfeller was doing well deep into the race – in fourth place – but he’d started on soft tires and had to finish on hards, so was swept up at the end by the drivers who’d used their ties the other way around, and were charging through the field with their soft tires at the end. Rockenfeller finished 10th, just behind Mattias Ekstrom who was one of those who finished on the soft tires.

Player’s Scores:

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Congratulations to Drewe who gets his third win of the year. Our picks were so diverse it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how Drewe beat us all. No changes in the standings…

Standings:

Week20Standings

May 26, 2014

Week 20

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Welcome to week 20 – five races this weekend. MotoGP is at Mugello in Italy; NASCAR visits the short track in Dover, Delaware; Indycar is on Belle Island in Michigan in a double-header; USCC joins Indycar on Belle Island; and DTM visits the Hungaroring in Germany. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 19:

F1 Monaco, NASCAR Charlotte, Indycar Indianapolis (500):

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It was a Mercedes precession at the Monaco GP with Nico Rosberg getting ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the start and staying there all race long to take the win and the lead in the F1 championship. The two Red Bulls started 3rd and 4th, and Daniel Ricciardo finished with the final podium spot. His teammate Sebastian Vettal suffered a loss of power which ended his day early; he finished 20th. The Ferraris started 5th and 6th, but with the retirement of Vettel, Fernando Alonso finished 4th. His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen collided with Max Chilton during a safety car period and despite only having minor damage, he did need to make an unscheduled pit stop which moved him all the way down the field and a 12th place finish. Our other pick, Valtteri Bottas suffered an engine failure after 55 of 78 laps, finishing 16th.

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indy 500 in a close finish with Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti. There were no cautions through the first half of the race, but quite a few in the second half, and a big one toward the end that set up a six-lap sprint for the win. The three podium finishers were really the only ones that looked like they’d take the win, and there were several passes from the restart and into the last lap, which made it an exciting finish. James Hinchcliffe was the instigator of that last big crash that also involved Ed Carpenter and Townsend Bell. Hinchcliffe finished in 28th place. Scott Dixon also crashed, but it was a few laps earlier and was a solo-crash; he finished 29th. Tony Kanaan ran out of fuel before he could get to his pits for his second stop and then after refueling he couldn’t get the car started and ended up 25 laps down and a 26th place finish. Will Power finished 8th after being penalized for speeding in the pit lane. Our other pick, Simon Pagenaud finished 12th.

NASCAR had a day-into-night race at Dover International Raceway, and finally Jimmie Johnson got the win he needed to promote his chances of getting into the Chase. He looked strong most of the race, but particularly at the end where he was untouchable and drove away from Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth. Joey Logano also looked strong for much of the race, but faded toward the end, finishing 12th. Our other pick, Kyle Busch finished 8th.

Player’s Scores:

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Congratulations to Greased Lightning who gets his third win of the year. Avoiding the “also ran’s” in Indycar and instead picking two solid NASCAR drivers made the difference. Sebastian’s score was damaged by the Kanaan/Dixon Indycar picks and allowed me to get back atop the season long standings…

Standings:

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