Welcome to week 28 – three races this weekend. MotoGP comes to the U.S. at the Indianapolis Speedway (road course), DTM is home at the famous Nurburgring in Germany, and NASCAR visits Michigan. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-twenty-eight-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Scores from week 27:
NASCAR Watkins Glen, ALMS Road America:
For the first half of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen it looked like Marcos Ambrose’s race again (he won last year), but a full course caution put him well down the field because it came between various pit strategies of the teams, with Ambrose on a later pit strategy. Then when he spun with the help of Max Papis six laps from the end, that was that, and he finished 31st. Kyle Busch was on the early pit strategy, so he benefited from the same caution, and he went on to win despite great pressure from Brad Keselowski, who finished second. Juan Pablo Montoya was also on a later pit strategy and so was down to 12th at one point, but he uneventfully climbed his way back through the field to finish fifth, just behind Carl Edwards. We all picked Jimmie Johnson who finished 8th. Kurt Busch finished 9th. Jeff Gordon had a miserable day. He didn’t have a good qualifying, so started well down the field, then he crashed heavily early on in the race, eventually struggling to a 36th position finish.
The #6 Muscle Milk car won its fifth ALMS race in a row at Road America in Wisconsin. The other P1 car in the race, the #16 Dyson was an unsurprising second. What was surprising was the Delta Wing car, which finally gave some credence to its P1 classification by finishing fifth, and ahead of all four P2 cars – it even led for a few laps. Good performances by the PC cars of RSR Racing (#9) and BAR1 Motorsports (#8) gave them third and fourth respectively. Among the P2 cars the #551 Level 5 was best of the class finishing 6th, followed by the #01 Extreme Speed, then the #552 Level 5 car. Not sure what happened to the #02 Extreme Speed, but it finished down in31st place after completing only 29 of 67 laps. Sebastian picked the #52 PR1 Mathiasen which finished 3rd in the PC class and 9th overall, and the #05 CORE car finished right behind in 10th. The two Joest cars and two Rebellion cars were not racing.
Congratulations to Sebastian and his tenth win of the year. Chris and Rubbergoat both had respectable scores given the volatility of forced NASCAR picks. With Drewe missing the week, that allows Chris to jump ahead into fourth place…