The Motor Racing Game

September 22, 2014

Week 37

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:38 am

Welcome to week 37 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is at Aragon in Spain, NASCAR is on the one-mile Dover International Speedway in Delaware, and DTM is at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-seven-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 36:

F1 Singapore, NASCAR New Hampshire, USCC and WEC Circuit of the Americas:

Week36Rslts

Nico Rosberg had a disastrous event in Singapore with multiple issues with the car forcing him to retire just 13 laps into the race. That left him classified in 21st place. Quite the opposite for his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who took pole position in qualifying, went on to win the event, and tool over the championship lead. Hamilton won quite comfortably over the two Red Bull drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo (in that order at the finish). Our other pick, Valtteri Bottas had sixth position at one point, but poor tire management left him down in 11th place at the end of the race.

It was a crash-fest at the NASCAR in New Hampshire. 14 cautions were the most in any race this year, although there wasn’t a “big one”. In fact 26 drives managed to finish on the lead lap. Joey Logano took the win over Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick, in a green-white-checkered finish. In the upcoming race in Dover, four of the Chase drivers will be axed from further competition. Logano, along with last week’s winner Brad Keselowski will definitely move on due to their wins, and besides the winner at Dover, the rest will be decided by points.

In the USCC event in Austin, the #01 Ganassi Racing team got to the finish line in first place thanks to great fuel mileage from their Riley/Ford, allowing them one less pit-stop compared with the other Prototype (P) cars. But it was close, with the #42 Oak Racing Honda just 2.3s behind at the checkered flag. As we’ve seen all year, there were a bunch of cars on the lead lap at the finish, including the #5 Action Express Corvette in third place, the #2 Extreme Speed Honda in fourth, the #60 Michael Shank Riley/Ford in fifth, and then two of our picks, the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette in sixth, and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara in seventh.

The WEC was also in Austin, and it was the two Audis that took top honors with the #2 coming out ahead of the #1. The #8 Toyota had the lead for a while, until a heavy rain shower caused them to spin and lose a lap, but they did salvage a third place finish at the end. The two Porsche Hybrids took the next two positions, ahead of the #7 Toyota in sixth place and two laps down.

Player’s Scores:

Week36PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his sixth win of the year, with one tie. He was the only one to pick Vettel, and that made the difference. No changes in the standings…

Standings:

Week36Standings

 

September 16, 2014

Week 36

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:36 am

Welcome to week 36 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Singapore, NASCAR has their second race of the Chase at Loudon in New Hampshire, and the USCC is at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas along with the WEC (separate races). Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-six-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 35:

WRC Australia, MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Chicagoland, DTM Lausitzring:

Week35Rslts

It was a clean sweep for Volkswagen in Australia, taking all three podium positions with Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala, and Andreas Mikkelsen in that order. And that gave VW the manufacturer’s title for this year. Kris Meeke was challenging Mikkelsen for the third spot for much of the rally, but blatant corner-cutting forced the officials to penalized Meeke and dropped him into fifth place, although he then regained one position to finish fourth ahead of Mikko Hirvonen. New Zealander Hadden Paddon in the third Hyundai finish sixth, ahead of squad-leader Thierry Neuville. Our other pick, Mads Ostberg, finished 16th after breaking his suspension on the penultimate stage and limping through to the finish.

At the MotoGP race at Misano in Italy the home crowd were delighted by the deserved victory of Italian, Valentino Rossi. Is this a forerunner of next year, and the return of Rossi to the top? Anyway, he had to battle Marc Marquez early on, until Marquez crashed, and left Rossi with a somewhat comfortable lead (2.0s – comfortable by typical MotoGP standards) and win over Jorge Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa was a bit further back (4.0s) in third place, and he had a battle to stay ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Stefan Bradl was another crash victim – early in the race – leaving him classified in 21st position.

Brad Keselowski had a late-race surge to take victory in the first of the 10-race “Chase” at the NASCAR event in Chicagoland in Illinois. Non-championship contender, Kyle Larson looked like he might have got the victory, but he couldn’t hold off Keselowski at the end, and brushed the wall trying to hold off Jeff Gordon, who took the second spot, leaving Larson in third. Joey Logan, who is a strong choice for the title this year, had a strong race to finish fourth, ahead of Kevin Harvick.

At the DTM event at the Lausitzring in Germany, Pascal Wehrlein got his first win, and comfortably so over his Mercedes teammate, Christian Vietoris. Marco Whittmann was the championship leader coming into the event, and even with a 6th place finishing spot, it was enough for his to secure the DTM title with two races to go. Our other picks, Bruno Spengler and Edoardo Mortara languished down in 15th and 16th places respectively at the end, with a poor choice of tires (slicks for a wet track!) the downfall of Mortara.

Player’s Scores:

Week35PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his tenth win of the year with one tie. With 338 points it was also the highest scoring 4-event week so far this year. Picking Andreas Mikkelsen in WRC seems to be the most notable difference from the rest of our picks. That edges Sebastian a little closer to me for the top spot in the season’s standings. It’s still close for third too …

Standings:

Week35Standings

 

 

September 8, 2014

Week 35

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Welcome to week 35 – four races this weekend. WRC goes down under for Rally Australia, MotoGP is at Misano in Italy, NASCAR is in Illinois, and DTM is at Lausitzring in Germany. For NASCAR it’s the start of the “Chase” – essentially a “play-off” series of 10 races. The format is every three races only half the drivers that “qualify” move on to the next three races. So after this week’s race at Chicagoland, then New Hampshire, then Dover, 8 drivers will be “cut” from the 16 who are in the “line up” for this week’s first race. To try and help everyone, I’ve reduced the number of NASCAR drivers that can be picked to the 16 that start the Chase as contenders. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-five-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 34:

F1 Italy, NASCAR Virginia:

Week34Rslts

Lewis Hamilton kept his F1 title chances alive by winning the race at Monza. He did not have the best of starts and needed two errors at the chicane by his team-mate to catch and overtake him for the lead and the victory. Behind Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa took the final podium position after a solid race. Valtteri Bottas finished fourth after a terrible start had him outside of the top 10 after the first lap. Daniel Ricciardo also made a poor start, and also managed to recover, to a fifth place finish. Behind him, in sixth was Sebastian Vettel who suffered from worn tires at the end of the race after making an early pit-stop. Then it was Sergio Perez, and in eight place Jenson Button. Our only other pick, Fernando Alonso had an ERS failure which put him out of the race and classified down in 21st position.

NASCAR had their final “regular” race of the year at Richmond. There were two spots open to be a “contender” for the Chase. One of them could have been taken with a victory by someone outside of the top 16, but it wasn’t to be. Brad Keselowski dominated the race to take victory and momentum into next week’s first race of the Chase. Jeff Gordon also looked strong all race and took second place. Kevin Harvick did have the lead for a short time, but a self-proclaimed ill-handling car caused him to drop to fifth at the end. He finished just ahead of Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, and Jimmie Johnson. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a mediocre race, finishing 12th, with Kyle Bush two spots behind him in 14th. Carl Edwards was one of our two other picks, and he finished 22nd, and Matt Kenseth was our last pick, and finished 41st after having the only crash of the race 330 laps into the 400 lap event. The final two-spots in the line-up for the Chase were contested by four drivers with Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle starting inside the top 16, and Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson on the outside and needing to beat them to get in. Newman was the furthest ahead in points, so needed a disaster to miss the cut – which didn’t happen as he finished in a solid ninth place. For Kyle Larson it was always a long-shot, and his 11th place finish was not enough with the other contenders all doing enough. The closest margin was between Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer. Bowyer did all he could with his third place finish, but Biffle’s 19th place was just enough to keep him inside the top 16 – by a measly 7 points (7 positions).

Player’s Scores:

Week34PickRslts

Congratulations to Chris and his fifth win of the year with one tie. Not unexpectedly it was strong NASCAR picks that contributed a lot to the win, along with picking Massa in F1. Drewe also picked Massa, and the NASCAR winner Keselowski, giving him runner-up and keeping it close for third place in the season-long standings. Sebastian’s large points haul versus me tightens up the top of the standings …

Standings:

Week34Standings

 

September 1, 2014

Week 34

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Welcome to week 34 – just two races this weekend. F1 is at Monza in Italy, and NASCAR has their final race before the “Chase” at Richmond in Virginia. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-four-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 33:

MotoGP England, NASCAR Atlanta, Indycar Fontana:

Week33Rslts

Marc Marquez got back to his winning ways after the hiccup of two weeks ago. But it was a neck-and-neck race with Jorge Lorenzo all the way. Valentino Rossi took the third spot, also having to battle for the entire race for that position, with Dani Pedrosa who finished fourth, and Andrea Dovizioso fifth. We picked nine different riders, and they took the first nine positions at the end of the race. Rounding out that nine was Pol Espargaro in sixth, Stefan Bradl in seventh, Andrea Iannone in eighth, and Aleix Espargaro in ninth.

At Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia, the NASCAR event was dominated by Kevin Harvick. But it was all mixed up at the end following two cautions that came in succession the last 2 laps. Harvick was involved in the second of them, and that was the end of his night. Kasey Kahne was there to take advantage and the win, and put himself in the Chase with just one race to go. All night long it was a good battle among the “Chase” contenders who are on the bubble for making the top 16. Clint Bowyer had a disastrous race finishing in 38th place after a mechanical issue, placing him on the bubble spot for a top 16 in the season’s standings and a spot in the Chase. Kyle Larson had a good race finishing 8th and putting himself within striking distance of a top 16 spot. The last race of the season next week to decide the Chase line-up, should showcase a good battle among these two drivers and Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle, with just two spots available (or one spot if someone currently outside of the top 16 wins at Richmond), and 43 points separating all four.

A horrendous crash in Indycar qualifying sent Mikhail Aleshin to hospital with serious injuries. Last reports had him in stable condition. This was at the Auto Club oval in Fontana, California, where the cars were lapping at 218+ mph. Perhaps it’s time to think of restrictor plates in the Indycars, like they do in NASCAR at the super-fast ovals. The race was won by Tony Kanaan with his team-mate Scott Dixon finishing second. But the race news was the 9th place finish of Will Power versus the 14th place finish of Helio Castroneves, which gave Power the Indycar Championship title for this year. With our other picks, Juan Pablo Montoya finished 4th, and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished 16th after a spin two-thirds of the way through the race, followed by a pit-lane speeding penalty.

Player’s Scores:

Week33PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my ninth win of the year with three ties. Picking Montoya in Indycar and avoiding NASCAR were important choices. Drewe’s strong second place slashes his deficit to Chris, closing up the third place battle in the season long standings …

Standings:

Week33Standings

 

August 25, 2014

Week 33

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Welcome to week 33 – three races this weekend. MotoGP comes to Silverstone in England, NASCAR is in Atlanta, and Indycar is at the Auto Club track in California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2013-week-thirty-three-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 32:

F1 Belgium, WRC Germany, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Sonoma:

Week32Rslts

At Spa-Francorchamps the top two F1 championship leading drivers, and so-called team-mates, collided on lap 2, which put Lewis Hamilton out of the race (classified 19th at the finish), and left Nico Rosberg struggling to make up lost time, which he eventually did to finish second, behind Daniel Ricciardo who took full advantage of the Mercedes mistake to claim victory. Valtteri Bottas got past Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the race to take third place, with Raikonnen fourth. Fernando Alonso had trouble of his own, which included both a collision that left slight damage to his car and a 5-second penalty when his crew were slow clearing the grid; he finished 8th.

Thierry Neuville unexpectedly won the German WRC event. It was unexpected for a couple of reasons. First he had a major crash during shakedown, and basically destroyed the car. But the Hyundai team managed to patch it back together overnight to get him to the start of the event. As expected Sebastian Ogier took the early lead on Friday, but on the last stage went off into the vines and couldn’t get back to the stage – he was out. Then on Saturday when he restarted under Rally 2 rules, he had a massive sixth-gear crash on the first stage, and he was done for the event; fortunately no injuries to him or his co-driver. No points for all of us who picked him. His team mate Jari-Matti Latvala then had the lead, and quite comfortably so. He only needed to cruise on Sunday, but he too crashed out on the first stage of the day; again no points for any of us. That gave the lead to Chris Meeke. But he too crashed. Finally Neuville was left to take the victory. Danno Sordo inherited second at the finished, and Andreas Mikkelsen took the final podium position. Behind him were Elfyn Evans who came home ahead of his Ford team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, with Mads Ostberg behind them in sixth place.

NASCAR was at the short track in Bristol for a night race. As usual with these short-track races there was lots pushing and banging, and with the race starting in daylight and ending under the lights, there were car setup changes that the teams had to manage. Joey Logano managed the chaos and the setup changes the best, to take the victory over his team mate Brad Keselowski. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was having a good race until he got caught up in one of the wrecks. Needing extensive repairs, he did manage to get back out on track, but ultimately finished in 39th place, 224 laps down.

Lots of crashes and miscalculated fuel mileage dominated the Indycar race at Sears Point, with Scott Dixon and his team staying out of trouble and getting the fuel calculations right to take victory over Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud. Will Power had the lead for a while, but he seemed to misjudge a fresh set of tires when he spun after a change. That put him back into 20th place, but he managed to battle back through the field to finish 10th.

Player’s Scores:

Week32PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my sixth outright win of the year, with three ties. Clearly my pick of Thierry Neuville made the difference. I’ve been picking the Hyundai for a while in WRC, so sooner or later the pick was going to pay off, and it turned out to be this week. No changes in the standings, but with Chris missing the week, the gap to Drewe has shrunk quite a bit …

Standings:

Week32Standings

August 18, 2014

Week 32

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Welcome to week 32 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; Germany hosts the WRC; NASCAR is at the short-track in Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar is in Sonoma, California, formerly Sears Point. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-two-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 31:

MotoGP Czech Republic, NASCAR Michigan, Indycar Milwaukee, DTM Nurburgring:

Week31Rslts

Well, Marquez couldn’t do it. He won’t win 19 of 19 in a season, but 10 in-a-row through last week’s event at Indianapolis was pretty impressive. This week, in the Czech Republic he was finally beaten by Dani Pedrosa on the Honda. Pedrosa seemed to have the race under his control, including at the end where the gap to second place Jorge Lorenzo makes it sound closer than it was. Marquez held third place until about half way, when Valentino Rossi got around him and finished in the final podium spot. Marquez then had to contend with the two Andreas, Iannone and Dovizioso, and did manage to get across the line ahead of them, in that order. For our other picks, Alvaro Bautista finished 10th, and Pol Espargaro crashed out on lap 7, leaving him classified in 22nd place.

Jeff Gordon is on a roll. Last week he won pole position at Watkins Glen and had the lead until a mechanical failure ended his race. This week, pole again, and this time he followed up with a win. He looked strong all race, but didn’t put the winning move on the leader for most the race, Joey Logano, until after the final caution. At the end Kevin Harvick also got around Logano to finish second, with Logano third. While there were multiple cautions, there was just one “big one”, near the beginning of the race, caused when Danica Patrick and Jeff Burton got together. Everyone got out of the wreck ok.

Like Gordon in NASCAR, in Indycar Will Power had pole position and went on to take the win at the Milwaukee mile. His team-mate, Juan-Pablo Montoya tried to put pressure on him at the end, but had to settle for second after getting tied up in lapped traffic. Tony Kanaan rounded out the top three, and afterward said that he had no answer for the speed of Power’s Penske Chevrolet. Scott Dixon had a good race to finish 4th – he started much lower on the grid, in 11th. All of our other picks didn’t do so well: Ed Carpenter finished 9th, Helio Castroneves 11th, Sebastien Bourdais 12th, and Ryan Hunter-Reay 21st after his suspension broke about two-thirds of the way into the race.

At the DTM race around (a short version of) the famed Nurburgring, Marco Wittman led all but one lap to take the victory (and that one lap was when he made his mandatory pit stop). It could be considered a boring race, with Mike Rockenfeller taking second place on the first lap, and pretty much staying there, behind Wittman, for the whole race. Same for Edoardo Mortara – third after lap one, and third at the end. For our other two picks, Bruno Spengler finished 12th, and Mattias Ekstrom finished 23rd and last after mechanical problems ended his race after just one lap.

Player’s Scores:

Week31PickRslts

Congratulations to our joint winners, Greased Lightning and myself. It’s win 4.5 for Greased Lightning, and 6.5 for me. Hard to figure out how we finished on top, since we had quite different picks, although the picking three winners – Pedrosa, Gordon, and Wittman was notable among Greased Lightning’s picks. Sebastian and I swap places again at the top of the season’s standing – this may come down to the wire. It also remains close between Drewe and Greased Lighting, with just 22 points separating them …

Standings:

Week31Standings

 

August 11, 2014

Week 31

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:13 pm

Welcome to week 31 – four races this weekend. MotoGP visits the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic, NASCAR is in Michigan, Indycar is in Wisconsin, and DTM visits the famous Nurburgring. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-one-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 30: MotoGP Indianapolis, NASCAR Watkins Glen, USCC Road America:

Pos MotoGP NASCAR USCC
1 Marc Marquez AJ Allmendinger 5-Action Express Racing
2 Jorge Lorenzo Marcos Ambrose 60-Michael Shank Racing
3 Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch 1-Extreme Speed Motorsports
4 Dani Pedrosa Kyle Larson 90-Spirit of Daytona Racing
5 Pol Espargaro Carl Edwards 31-Marsh Racing
6 Bradley Smith Joey Logano 8-Starworks-Motorsport
7 Andrea Dovizioso Kevin Harvick 25-8Star Motorsports
8 Cal Crutchlow Greg Biffle 0-DeltaWing Racing
9 Scott Redding Matt Kenseth 01-Ganassi Racing
10 Hiroshi Aoyama Brian Vickers 2-Extreme Speed Motorsports

No surprise at the MotoGP event at the Indianapolis road course – Marc Marquez did of course win. But it was a good three-way battle between Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, and Valentino Rossi, with that being the finishing order. Rossi had the lead for a while, so it’s looking like the Yamaha continues to improve. Dani Pedrosa was unable to keep up with the battling trio, and had to settle for a more distant fourth. Even further back, but rounding out the top five, was Pol Espargaro. Our other pick, Stefan Bradl crashed early on after contact with Aleix Espargaro, and finished classified in 19th place.

NASCAR was at Watkins Glen, and it was Leo Gordan’s birthday on Saturday. That’s relevant because Leo’s dad, Jeff Gordan promised his son pole position prior to qualifying on Saturday, and he duly delivered. But an electrical failure in the car on Sunday meant that he couldn’t follow through, and left him with a lowly 34th place finish. Until that failure he’d been battling for the lead with Marcus Ambrose, who after Gordon’s demise then had to contend with AJ Allmendinger, who kept swapping the lead spot with Ambrose in the closing stages. At the end it was Allmendinger who took the checkered flag first, followed by Ambrose. With our picks, besides Ambrose, Kevin Harvick finished 7th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th, and Kyle Busch finished 21 laps down in 40th place. There was a huge crash during the race that brought out the red flag. Fortunately none of the five drivers involved were hurt. Many drivers criticized the safety at the track, and I agree with them having raced there myself. The barriers are super-close to the track, with little to no run off room, and there’s no reason for it. A racing friend of mine had a huge crash there that destroyed his car, and all that the barrier was protecting was an empty field. There’s no reason in many places around the track why the barriers can’t be moved back.

USCC was at Road America in Wisconsin and a massive 21 cars finished on the lap, which included Prototypes, Prototype Challenge, and GTLM cars. Given that the race was 2¾ hours long, and the supposed differences in the speed of the different classes, that’s an amazingly large group. Lots of crashes help slow things down a bit, and bunched up the field periodically throughout the race. The #10 Wayne Taylor racing, and the #42 Oak Racing cars were among our picks that had incidents, finishing41st and 42nd respectively. At the top of the leaderboard, the #5 Action Express Corvette avoided trouble and took the victory by just 2.2 second over the #60 Michael Shank Ford Riley. Closely behind them were the #1 Extreme Speed HPD, and the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette.

Player’s Scores:

chr dre gre iom seb
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 50 50 50 50 50
Jorge Lorenzo 40 40 40 40 40
Valentino Rossi 35 35 35 35 35
Dani Pedrosa 32 32 32 32 32
Pol Espargaro 30
Stefan Bradl 11
NASCAR
Marcos Ambrose 40 40
Kevin Harvick 26
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 19 19
Jeff Gordon 1 1
Kyle Busch 1
USCC
5-Action Express Racing 50 50 50 50 50
90-Spirit of Daytona Racing 32 32 32 32
01-Ganassi Racing 22 22 22 22
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 1 1
42-Oak Racing 1 1 1 1 1
Totals: 289 300 282 293 282

Congratulations to Drewe and his fifth win of the year. The key pick seems to have been Ambrose, along with strong results in the other two series, which resulted in only one 1-pointer versus the rest of us that had two 1-point picks. No changes in the standings…

Standings:

Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8090 +17 282 7808 +28
2 2 iomracer 8073 +415 293 7780 +411
3 3 Chris W. 7658 +88 289 7369 +99
4 4 Drewe 7570 +36 300 7270 +18
5 5 greased lightning 7534 +1147 282 7252 +1119
6 6 New Players 6387 254 6133

 

August 4, 2014

Week 30

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:43 am

Welcome to week 30 – three races this weekend. MotoGP comes to the road track at Indianapolis in the U.S., NASCAR is also on a road track at Watkins Glen, and USCC is at Road America in Wisconsin. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-thirty-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

The “picks” site is working again. The website hosting company changed the way cgi scripts are handled, and didn’t tell anyone (at least they didn’t tell me). After a painful process of communicating with tech support via e-mail (the only option), and them taking a day to take a step forward, it was a slow fix. But the site is up again, and hopefully stable, so please make you picks there (it makes a huge difference in the amount of effort needed to score a week, versus manually working everything out).

Scores from week 29:

WRC Finland, NASCAR Indianapolis, Indycar Mid-Ohio, DTM Spielberg:

Week29Rslts

Jari-Matti Latvala broke Sebastien Ogier’s string of victories in WRC by beating his team-mate in Finland. It was a close finish – 3.6s – which was not reflective of most of the rally which Latvala dominated. It was close at the end because of late brake issues Latvala suffered from a bad landing on one of the many jumps in the event. Kris Meeke took the final podium position for Citroen after a steady drive. Andreas Mikkelsen also had a steady drive to finish fourth. Mikko Hirvonen was a distant fifth. Mads Ostberg and Thierry Neuville both suffered from roll-cage damage after heavy impacts on landing after big jumps. In both cases the FIA said they couldn’t continue, so no points if you picked them.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the NASCAR race at the Pocono tri-oval, just inching out the victory by 0.2s over Kevin Harvick. There was one big pile-up during the race, and Earnhardt was one of the few to do a full pit service during that yellow, which meant that he only needed a splash more gas under green to get him to the finish, whereas everyone else needed to do a full pit service later, putting them at a disadvantage against Earnhardt. Jeff Gordon was one of them, and although he dominated much of the race, his final pit-stop put him behind Earnhardt and some others, and a sixth place finish was the best he could do. Our other pick, Marcus Ambrose finished 14th.

At the Indycar race at Mid-Ohio Scott Dixon started last on the grid, but surprisingly managed to drive through the entire field to take the win. Sebastien Bourdais had pole position at the start of the race, but couldn’t hold off the charging Dixon, and had to settle for second. James Hinchciffe took the third spot. Out of our other picks, Will Power finished 6th, Simon Pagenaud finished 9th, Helio Castroneves finished 19th after suffering from mechanical issues just before the green flag, and Tony Kanaan finished classified 21st after crashing on the first lap.

At the DTM race in Spielberg BMW dominated by taking the first four positions, headed by Marco Wittman, then Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock, and Martin Tomczyk. It almost wasn’t a BMW sweep though, as Audi had the lead with Jamie Green, just past the mid-point of the race, but he had to concede it when given a pit drive-through penalty for staying out on the option tires too long; he finished eighth. Mercedes too had the lead with Robert Wickens, but he too had to serve a penalty for an unsafe pit release, and he called it a day shortly after that, finishing classified in 21st. Out of our other picks, Mattias Ekstom finished 7th, Bruno Spengler finished 10th, and Mike Rockenfeller finished in 13th place.

Player’s Scores:

Week29PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian with his ninth outright win of the year, with one tie. With my devastating picks of both Neuville and Osberg who scored nothing in WRC, plus 21st place Kanaan in Indycar, I lost a massive 64 points to Sebastian, giving him the lead in the year-long standings…

Standings:

Week29Standings

July 28, 2014

Week 29

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:37 am

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

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