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:
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.
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 …