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:
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.
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 …