Welcome to week 26 – four races this weekend. WRC resumes after its mid-season race at one of the most famous events on the calendar – Rally Finland. NASCAR visits the tri-oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania. Indycar is at the road circuit of Mid-Ohio. And DTM visits Moscow in Russia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-twenty-five-guide-and-links-2/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 25:
F1 Hungary, NASCAR Indianapolis:
Lewis Hamilton seems to have made a lot of people happy in Hungary with his first win with Mercedes, himself included after what seemed to be a gamble to move from McLaren to Mercedes for this season. It was his fourth win in a row in Hungary, and came from pole position, which in itself was a surprise for him and the team. With Hamilton clear for much of the race, the action toward the end was between Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, with Raikkonen getting second. Romaine Grosjean was a victim of a poor officiating decision to penalize him for what looked like a good overtaking move on Felipe Massa, with the penalty being a drive through the pits. So sixth was a good result for Grosjean although it could have been much more. Nico Rosberg suffered mechanical failure with just four laps remaining, leaving him down in 18th place.
The NASCAR race at Indianapolis was a bit of a boring affair with pit strategy playing a role to get Ryan Newman ahead late in the race where he stayed to finish by almost 3 seconds. Probably the best come-back performance was by Dale Earnhardt Jr. who started the race with a loose wheel, which put him a lap down after coming in to the pits to fix it, yet he managed to work his way back onto the lead lap and all the way up to 6th by the end of the race. Among our picks we had Jimmie Johnson who was strong all race, leading much of it until Newman took over leaving Johnson to finish second. Jeff Gordon was touted as a possible winner by the commentators and managed 7th place (one of the commentators picked Danica Patrick to win, but she finished 30th). Juan Pablo Montoya was another pick of the commentators, and finished 9th. Kyle Busch finished 10th, Carl Edwards 13th, Kevin Harvick 19th, Clint Bowyer 20th, Brad Keselowski 21st, and Greg Biffle 24th.
Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his ninth win of the year. It seems to have been excellent NASCAR picks that gave Sebastian the win. Although Pat’s picks were also excellent with just Gordon versus Montoya between him and Sebastian. No changes in the standings …