The Motor Racing Game

June 30, 2014

Week 25

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Welcome to week 25 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Silverstone in the U.K., NASCAR is back at Daytona, and Indycar is at Pocono in Pennsylvania. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-five-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 24:

WRC Poland, MotoGP Holland, NASCAR Kentucky, Indycar Texas, USCC Watkins Glen, DTM Norisring:

Week24Rslts

The WRC visited Poland for the first time since 2009, but it didn’t go well for the organizers who were criticized for “dangerous” dust on the early super-special stage, and had two stages cancelled due to poor road conditions (excessive spectators were also mentioned). Nor did it go well for Poland’s Robert Kubica who rolled (again) and finished down in 20th. Most competitors had issues, with SS14 being particularly damaging, causing problems for 6 drivers, with Mads Ostberg getting the worse of it with a roll and out of the rally – no points for those who picked him. Jari-Matti Latvala suffered a broken strut on that stage, but got through it, and the next stage, to get to service and repairs. Being able to continue he clawed his way back to a fifth place finish. Ahead of him at the finish was Mikko Hirvonen, who didn’t have any notable problems, but didn’t drive well (probably because it was a fast rally that favored the tuned engines of the factory cars), but managed fourth with the attrition of most of the others. Clear at the front for virtually the whole rally was Sebastian Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen, who traded the top spot repeatedly for three days, until Mikkelsen lost his brakes on Sunday, and left Ogier with a comfortable win.

Marc Marquez is now eight for eight in MotoGP after winning in Assen. With a mix of rainy and dry conditions the race was interrupted with pit stops that caused problems for some, particularly Jorge Lorenzo who pitted too late for slicks and suffered the consequences with a 13th place finish. Rossi too was indecisive with his pit stop, causing him to have to drive through the field to finish a decent fifth given where he started. Dani Pedrosa had no such problems and finished third, but he never challenged the two front runners, Andrea Dovizioso who had the lead for quite a while, and Marquez who at the end rode away from Dovizioso for the win.

Brad Keselowski took the uncommon double at Kentucky’s speedway, claiming pole position in qualifying then taking the win in the night race. It’s his second win of the year, so he’s now a sho-in for the Chase. Our only pick Jimmie Johnson had a reasonably good race, finishing 10th.

Indycar had a double-header in Houston. Carlos Huertas was the surprise winner of race one, taking the victory through a combination of conserving fuel which meant he had one less pit stop, and some luck with crashes at the end of the race which helped his fuel conservation. Our two picks, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves finished 7th and 9th respectively. Simon Pagenaud took the win in race two, beating his teammate Mikhail Aleshin. Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth, and Helio Castroneves retired just after the half-way point, finishing classified in 21st place. In the combined results Hunter-Reay was 6th and Helio Castroneves 17th.

An extremely close race in the USCC 6-hour event at Watkins Glen with the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette taking the win by just 0.8s over the #42 Oak Racing Nissan-Morgan, with the latter complaining on the radio of the unfair straight-line speed that the Corvette used to pass the Nissan-Morgan in the closing laps. The two Action Express Corvettes also finished on the same lap with the #5 coming in ahead of the #9. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette was fifth. Our other pick, the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford-Riley finished 30th.

Like Keselowski in NASCAR, Robert Wickens in DTM took both pole position in qualifying, and went on to take the race win at the Norisring. And similar to MotoGP and Indycar (race 1), there was a mix of rainy conditions and dry conditions to mix things up. Our pick Bruno Spengler finished down in 11th place, seemingly due to a poor decision to wait until changing to slicks, since only then did he start showing good pace against the other drivers.

Player’s Scores:

Week24PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian again – his seventh fifth win of the year and two in a row and by a whopping 40 points. For Drewe, Greased Lightning, and me, the Ostberg pick was particularly damaging, not only leaving us in Sebastian’s wake, but giving Sebastian the lead in the standings …

Standings:

Week24Standings

June 22, 2014

Week 24

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Welcome to week 24 – six races this weekend. WRC is in Robert Kubica’s home turf with Rally Poland; MotoGP goes to Assen in Holland; NASCAR is in Kentucky; Indycar has a double-header at the street circuit in Houston, Texas; USCC is at Watkins Glen in a 6-hour race; and DTM is at the Norisring. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-four-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 23:

F1 Austria, NASCAR Sonoma:

Week23Rslts

The Mercedes once again dominated the F1 race with a one-two finish with Nico Rosberg finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton. But the third and fourth place finishes of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa kept it interesting for much of the race, with Massa leading early on, and both Williams drivers mixing it up with the Mercedes drivers. Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari was fifth. The Red Bull Renaults did not have a good day with Daniel Ricciardo not having the speed to do any better than 8th, and Sebastian Vettel having mechanical issues that finally put him out of the race just after half-way and classified in 21st. With our other picks Nico Hulkenberg finished 10th and Jenson Button 11th.

Carl Edwards is a pretty good road racer, having good results in the NASCAR road races last year, and dabbling in road racing outside NASCAR, and he showed his abilities in Sonoma by winning the race there this weekend. Jeff Gordon is another one with a good road racing resume, and in the final lap he was the only one in position to challenge Edwards, but had to settle for second. Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept up his string of good results by finishing third. Jimmie Johnson had the led for a few laps and finished 7th, while former road racer Marcus Ambrose had the lead about two-thirds of the way through the race, and finished 8th. We picked both Busch brothers with Kurt finishing 12th and Kyle 25th. Tony Stewart was our other pick and he finished 19th.

Player’s Scores:

Week23PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his sixth win of the year. It was surprisingly close amongst all of us (perhaps with the exception of me – I was 33 points adrift of Sebastian) considering the wide range of picks we made, particularly in NASCAR. Sebastian gets a whole lot closer to me at the top of the standings, and Chris re-passes Greased-Lightning for third …

Standings:

Week23Standings

June 16, 2014

Week 23

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Welcome to week 23 – two races this weekend. F1 is in Austria and NASCAR is at the road circuit of Sonoma in California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-three-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 22:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Michigan, WEC Le Mans:

Week22Rslts

Marc Marquez won his seventh MotoGP race in a row, but it’s getting harder and harder for him. In the last race it was Lorenzo that challenged Marquez for the win, and in this race, in addition to Lorenzo who finished fourth, it was Valentino Rossi who led a good portion of the race and finished second, and Dani Pedrosa who seriously challenged Marquez for the win, but contact between the two on the last lap left Pedrosa the worse off and a third place finish. Behind these four Stefan Bradl finished a distant fifth, but he was well ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Pol Espargaro, and Andrea Dovizioso in 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Our other pick, Alvaro Bautista finished classified in 22nd place after his bike quit on him after just 3 laps, possibly due to an electrical problem.

Jimmie Johnson is starting to act like Marc Marquez except in NASCAR. He took the win in Michigan this weekend making it back-to-back wins and three out of the last four races. Kevin Harvick had a chance to win until a poor last pit stop meant that he ended up having to fight his way back to a second place finish. Our other pick, Matt Kenseth, finished in 16th place.

Audi took the win and second place at the WEC 24-hour of Le Mans. But it could have been Toyota or Porsche, with cars from both of those teams holding a good lead at one point or another during the race. But as it is with the 24-hour race, attrition played a major role in the finishing order. Even the first place #2 Audi and second place #1 Audi both had to have their turbo-chargers changed during the last part of the race, and that left the #20 Porsche out front for a while. But the Porsche powertrain failed with just 34 laps to go, leaving them with a 39th place finish. With the Toyotas the pole-setting #7 had the lead through the 14th hour, but then were stranded out on track with electrical failure, and ultimately a 40th place finish. The #8 Toyota wasn’t in contention after a heavy crash early on in the race, but the hard-working crew patched the car well enough that they managed a third place finish when attrition with all the other cars had taken its toll. During that Toyota crash the car hit a GT car, which in turn took out the #3 Audi, which couldn’t be repaired, and ended up being classified in 51st place and no points for any of us – we all picked them.

Player’s Scores:

Week22PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe who gets his fourth win of the year. Ignoring the #7 Toyota that we all picked for just 1 point and the #3 Audi that we all picked for no points, Drewe had the top-5 perfect in MotoGP and the top-3 in WEC. Also with Greased Lightning besting Chris by 20 points, they change positions with Greased Lightning taking over the third spot …

Standings:

Week22Standings

On a personal note, if anyone is interested, I won both races of a Northeast Divisional Championship series double-header this weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway, in my Spec Racer Ford. I got two bottles of bubbly, two medals, and a set of brake pads, among other spoils of victory.

June 9, 2014

Week 22

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Welcome to week 22 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is in Catalunya, Spain; NASCAR is in Brooklyn, Michigan; and WEC has the famous 24-hours of Le Mans in France. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-two-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 21:

F1 Montreal, WRC Italy, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Texas:

Week21Rslts

Mercedes finally lost an F1 race – beaten by Red-Bull Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo in the seventh race of the season. But Nico Rosberg was still second, ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Then came Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg, and Fernando Alonso in sixth. Lewis Hamilton was battling his Mercedes teammate for the lead early on, but suffered rear-brake failure just over half way, to finish classified in 17th place.

Almost all the top drivers in the WRC event in Italy suffered problems in the event. Sebastien Ogier’s problems were related to him having to sweep the roads on Friday because he’s the leader of the championship and first to start. That put him down in 9th place after Friday’s action. But with everyone else having problems he eventually got back to the top of the leaderboard, and duly won the event. Mads Ostberg was about the only one who didn’t face issues, but couldn’t keep the flying VW of Ogier behind him, and finished second. Third was Jari-Matti Latvala, who was comfortably in the lead for a while until an off broke a wheel which he had to change mid-stage. And the third VW driven by Andreas Mikkelsen had damper problems leaving him in fourth. In fact without the latter two VW problems, it may well have been a VW 1-2-3. Thierry Neuville also had the lead of the rally for a while, on Friday, until a broken suspension caused him to lose more than 23 minutes making repairs on stage 5. He finished 16th. Mikko Hirvonen’s car caught fire between stages 3 and 4 – he and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen were unhurt, and that was the end for them – no points for those who picked him.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second race of the season in NASCAR’s race in Pocono, which assures him of a place in the Chase, even though we’re only just past the half-way point of the regular season. He beat Brad Keselowski who seemed to get distracted trying to get a piece of trash off his grill in the closing laps. Our only pick, Kyle Busch, finished 12th.

Ed Carpenter won the Indycar race on the oval in Texas. Will Power dominated much of the race but got caught speeding on pit lane, and after serving a drive-through penalty, it was all he could do to get back close to the front and pass Juan Pablo Montoya for 2nd place on the last corner of the last lap. Simon Pagenaud finished behind Montoya in 4th. Helio Castroneves was 8th. Ryan Hunter-Reay suffered engine failure just after half way, leaving him classified in 19th place.

Player’s Scores:

Week21PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lighting and his fourth win of the year. The combination of avoiding Mikko Hirvonen and picking Will Power made the difference. With Chris missing the week, Greased Lightning closes to just 10 points of Chris’ position …

Standings:

Week21Standings

 

June 2, 2014

Week 21

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Welcome to week 21 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal, Canada; WRC is in Sardinia, Italy; NASCAR is at the Pocono superspeedway in New York; and Indycar is at the Texas Motor Speedway oval just outside Dallas. We have dropped the USCC for this weekend since the premier Prototype (P) class is not racing. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-one-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 20:

MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Delaware, Indycar Michigan, USCC Michigan, DTM Hungaroring:

Week20Rslts Marc Marquez again won the MotoGP race, his sixth in a row, and this time in Italy. But Jorge Lorenzo who finished behind him kept him honest in a close finish with both riders swapping the lead over the final laps. Valentino Rossi had a good race finishing third considering his poor starting position (10th), but never challenged the two leaders. Dani Pedrosa also overcame a poor start to finish fourth. Pol Espargaro was fifth and Andrea Dovizioso sixth. Cal Crutchlow crashed out of the event on lap 4, ending in 21st in the general classification.

Last week in NASCAR Jimmie Johnson fans breathed a sigh of relief when he finally got a win. Clearly there was nothing to worry about since he won again this week at Dover, and in dominant style. Our other pick, Kyle Busch had an opposite race, finishing 42nd after he crashed into Clint Bowyer and was unable to continue.

Indycar was on Belle Island, part of the city of Detroit in Michigan, and it was a double header (full scoring table here: https://themotorracinggame.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/detroit2014-double-header.jpg). Will Power had a great race one, starting 16th on the grid but making his way through the field thanks in part to a bunch of yellows that caused restarts. Helio Castroneves seemed to get the raw end of the deal with the yellows, dropping from starting pole to finishing 5th. Scott Dixon finish11th. Ryan Hunter-Reay had to start at the back of the grid due to a crash during qualifying, then crashed again in race one to finish in 16th. Simon Pagenaud had an even worse day, coming into contact with Will Power early in the race in an aggressive move that finished with him in the wall and out of the race – classified in 22nd and last. In race two it was Helio Castroneves that managed to beat Will Power and take the win. Scott Dixon improved to a 4th place finish, as did Simon Pagenaud who finished 6th. Ryan Hunter-Reay had another miserable race when an electrical failure left him down in 19th place. So when combined our picks finished as follows: 1st Will Power (1st and 2nd places), 2nd Helio Castroneves (5th and 1st), 6th Scott Dixon (11th and 4th), 12th Simon Pagenaud (22nd and 6th), 19th Ryan Hunter-Reay (16th and 19th).

USCC was also on Belle Island, and like previous races it was extremely close with six prototypes finishing on the same lap at the end. It was the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette that took the win by a slim 0.2s over the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette. It might have been different with the #5 Action Racing Corvette challenging the #10 for the lead with just a lap remaining, but they came together and it was enough contact to cause a flat tire on the #5 and a 6th place finish. Finishing behind them, in 7th, was the #2 Extreme Speed HPD, 2 places behind their teammates in the #1 Extreme Speed HPD. The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford Riley had a miserable day, finishing 45 laps down in 30th place after suffering clutch problems.

Some small signs of predictability perhaps creeping in in DTM – Marco Wittman won the race at the Hungaroring. He’d had problems in the previous round, but had won the opener at Hockenheim. But there was a mix of drivers behind him, with Miguel Molina, Bruno Spengler, and Edoardo Mortara taking the next finishing spots; so a BMW-Audi-BMW-Audi finish. For our other picks, Mike Rockenfeller was doing well deep into the race – in fourth place – but he’d started on soft tires and had to finish on hards, so was swept up at the end by the drivers who’d used their ties the other way around, and were charging through the field with their soft tires at the end. Rockenfeller finished 10th, just behind Mattias Ekstrom who was one of those who finished on the soft tires.

Player’s Scores:

Week20PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe who gets his third win of the year. Our picks were so diverse it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how Drewe beat us all. No changes in the standings…

Standings:

Week20Standings

May 26, 2014

Week 20

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Welcome to week 20 – five races this weekend. MotoGP is at Mugello in Italy; NASCAR visits the short track in Dover, Delaware; Indycar is on Belle Island in Michigan in a double-header; USCC joins Indycar on Belle Island; and DTM visits the Hungaroring in Germany. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-twenty-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 19:

F1 Monaco, NASCAR Charlotte, Indycar Indianapolis (500):

Week19Rslts

It was a Mercedes precession at the Monaco GP with Nico Rosberg getting ahead of Lewis Hamilton at the start and staying there all race long to take the win and the lead in the F1 championship. The two Red Bulls started 3rd and 4th, and Daniel Ricciardo finished with the final podium spot. His teammate Sebastian Vettal suffered a loss of power which ended his day early; he finished 20th. The Ferraris started 5th and 6th, but with the retirement of Vettel, Fernando Alonso finished 4th. His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen collided with Max Chilton during a safety car period and despite only having minor damage, he did need to make an unscheduled pit stop which moved him all the way down the field and a 12th place finish. Our other pick, Valtteri Bottas suffered an engine failure after 55 of 78 laps, finishing 16th.

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indy 500 in a close finish with Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti. There were no cautions through the first half of the race, but quite a few in the second half, and a big one toward the end that set up a six-lap sprint for the win. The three podium finishers were really the only ones that looked like they’d take the win, and there were several passes from the restart and into the last lap, which made it an exciting finish. James Hinchcliffe was the instigator of that last big crash that also involved Ed Carpenter and Townsend Bell. Hinchcliffe finished in 28th place. Scott Dixon also crashed, but it was a few laps earlier and was a solo-crash; he finished 29th. Tony Kanaan ran out of fuel before he could get to his pits for his second stop and then after refueling he couldn’t get the car started and ended up 25 laps down and a 26th place finish. Will Power finished 8th after being penalized for speeding in the pit lane. Our other pick, Simon Pagenaud finished 12th.

NASCAR had a day-into-night race at Dover International Raceway, and finally Jimmie Johnson got the win he needed to promote his chances of getting into the Chase. He looked strong most of the race, but particularly at the end where he was untouchable and drove away from Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth. Joey Logano also looked strong for much of the race, but faded toward the end, finishing 12th. Our other pick, Kyle Busch finished 8th.

Player’s Scores:

Week19PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning who gets his third win of the year. Avoiding the “also ran’s” in Indycar and instead picking two solid NASCAR drivers made the difference. Sebastian’s score was damaged by the Kanaan/Dixon Indycar picks and allowed me to get back atop the season long standings…

Standings:

Week19Standings

May 18, 2014

Week 19

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Welcome to week 19 – three races this weekend. F1 races around the streets of Monte Carlo at the Monaco GP. NASCAR remains at Charlotte following their all-star weekend, but this is their regular points counting race. And it’s the Indy 500 in Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-nineteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 18:

MotoGP Le Mans, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star race), DTM Oschersleben:

Week18Rslts

Marc Marquez looks unstoppable this year on the Honda. A poor start left him in 10th place after the first lap, but it made no difference. By halfway he was already in the lead, and wasn’t to be denied his fifth win in five starts this year. I can believe that it’s possible for him to sweep all 19 races this year. Valentino Rossi had a solid ride to finish second. If Yamaha can continue to improve Rossi’s bike, he could be the one to threaten Marquez later in the year, but more work on the bike is needed first. All of our picks finished in the top 10.

This year the All-Star NASCAR race in Charlotte comprised of four 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap sprint. The starting order for the last part was determined by each driver’s average finishing position in the first four segments, which dictated the order in which they pitted for a mandatory four-tire change. The order out of the pits was how they started the last sprint. Pretty convoluted, but actually it was all quite exciting. Different cars led different segments, but it slowly became apparent which cars were strong. A couple of wrecks mixed things up, and at the end of it all Jamie McMurray took the checked flag, the win, and the million dollar first prize. Kyle Busch was the winner of segment one, but in the second segment he appeared to try and bump Clint Bowyer out of the way, but it backfired when Bowyer’s car fishtailed back into Busch causing both to crash. Joey Logano then crashed into Busch at pretty high speed, destroying both cars. Both drivers were ok.

Christian Vietoris in a Mercedes won the DTM event in Oschersleben in rainy conditions through better pit strategy than the rest of the field. He took rain-tires earlier than everyone else, and made his mandatory pit-stop earlier too, which combined with safety car cautions put him into the lead and victorious at the end. Mike Rockenfeller was second by employing a similar pit strategy. We had a wide selection of picks with Augusto Farfus finishing 5th, Gary Paffett 8th, Martin Tomczyk 9th, Adrien Tambay 10th, Bruno Spengler 12th, Mattias Ekstrom 13th, and Marco Whittman 19th.

Player’s Scores:

Week18PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his fifth win of the year. Picking both Rockenfeller and Farfus was an important difference. His win is enough to overhaul me and take the lead in the season long standings…

Standings:

Week18Standings

 

May 12, 2014

Week 18

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Welcome to week 18 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is in Le Mans, France; NASCAR has their All-Star race in Charlotte, North Carolina; and DTM is at the Oschersleben track in Germany. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-eighteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 17:

F1 Spain, WRC Argentina, NASCAR Kansas, Indycar Indianapolis:

Week17Rslts

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes were first and second again in Spain – the fourth event in a row in which they’ve finished that way. The two Red Bull Renaults were third and fourth, with Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Behind Valtteri Bottas in fifth were the two Ferraris with Fernando Alonso finishing ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. With all of these driver pairs, pit strategy played a role in who finished ahead of who, which made it a strategically interesting race.

The WRC event in Argentina was a car-breaker. Pretty much all of the non-Volkswagen cars hit trouble on Friday, with the exception of Chris Meeke in the Citroen, but he couldn’t keep up with the stage times of the Volkswagens. It was Jarri-Matti Latvala who got the best of his team-mate Sebastian Ogier, winning by almost 1-½ minutes. Meeke was third, but almost 6 minutes behind Latvala. Andreas Mikkelsen was fourth, and he had alternator problems, otherwise it would have been Volkswagen 1-2-3. Both Hyundai’s had turbocharger problems; Dani Sordo’s problems started early, on stage 2, whereas Thierry Neuville’s issues came to a head on the final stage on Friday. This meant Neuville’s penalty to restart on Saturday wasn’t so bad, and with so many others also having to use Rally 2 rules, Neuville was able to finish the event in 5th place. Mikko Hirvonen crashed heavily on stage 2 on Friday, so he too started Saturday under Rally 2 with plenty of penalty time. He won a string of stages on Sunday, but it was only good enough to get him up to 9th place. Mads Ostberg crashed at the same spot as Hirvonen. He tried to continue on Saturday and Sunday under Rally 2, but he’d injured his thumb in the crash, and withdrew from the event after the first two stages on Sunday; so no points for those who picked him.

NASCAR had a night race in Kansas, and like two weeks ago there were incidents with cars catching fire. This time it was Jamie McMurray who hit the wall hard, breaking an oil line that sent the frames leaping from the car, and David Gilliland who similarly ended up with his car on fire after hitting the wall. Fortunately both got out unhurt, but it’s one of the scariest sights in racing, especially for another racer. There were quite a lot of crashes triggered simply by cars over-driving a turn and spinning out. One of those solo-spins caught out half the field that had pitted under green. Both Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon were among those caught out, so despite both having seemingly dominant cars, they found themselves at the back of the pack with less than half the race left. But the cars were clearly very dominant, since both managed to get back to the front of the field by the closing laps. And with Harvick actually running out of gas as he bore down on his pit stall in the final pit stop, it was enough of a delay to give Jeff Gordon the victory. Also worth mentioning was Danica Patrick’s race. She spend most of the race in the top 10, holding third for a while, and only lost places in one of the last restarts, to finish seventh.

Indycar took to the road circuit at Indianapolis Raceway, and it was a crash-fest – too many to describe them all here. Among our picks Will Power was in an incident with Scott Dixon, although Power managed to keep going and ended up 8th. Dixon faired a little worse, needing to be retrieved from the grass, but still stayed in the race to finish 15th. Our other picks finished 1-2-3, with Simon Pagenaud taking the win over Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves. For the record, crash victims also included Sebastian Saavedra, Carlos Munoz, Mikhail Aleshin, Franck Montagny, Martin Plowman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Graham Rahal, and James Hinchcliffe who pulled off the track after it was thought that he was struck in the head by debris.

Player’s Scores:

Week17PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe who gets his second win of the year. Chris, Greased Lightning, and I were penalized heavily by Ostberg quitting the Argentinian rally with only two stages to go, which allows Sebastian to come to just one point behind the top spot …

Standings:

Week17Standings

 

May 5, 2014

Week 17

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Welcome to week 17 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Spain, WRC resumes in Argentina, NASCAR is in Kansas, and Indycar is on the road course at Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-guide-and-links-2/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 16:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Belgium, USCC Laguna Seca, DTM Hockenheim:

Week16Rslts

Marc Marquez won the MotoGP race in Spain making it four out of four wins this year for the reigning champion. Valentino Rossi was the only other rider to hold the top spot during the race, and that was only briefly at the start, but enough for him to hold off everyone else for second place. The final podium position went to Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth.

An unusual finish in the NASCAR race at Talladega – Denny Hamlin took the win under the yellow flag. With the green-white-checkered rules in NASCAR there are only three ways to finish under yellow (that I can think of): weather stops the race after half the race is completed, cars continue to crash after two previous green-white-checkered attempts, and a crash happens in turn 4 at the back of the pack, when the front of the race has already taken the white flag. It was this latter way that handed Hamlin the victory, when debris in turn four made racing to the checkered too dangerous. The officials at least let them race to almost turn 3 on that final lap, but Hamlin looked comfortable out front, so it wasn’t a tough decision. Also unusual for Talladega, there weren’t any (really) “big ones”. There were three crashes that took out or damaged some cars, but no half-the-field incidents. Jimmie Johnson was probably the unluckiest of all, when he got caught up in two of the three wrecks, although he still finished on the lead lap, in 23rd place.

In Belgium the #8 Toyota made it two wins in two races by winning the 6-hour at Spa Francorchamps. But unlike Silverstone, the #1 Audi got between them and their team mate to finish second, leaving the #7 Toyota in third. The #14 Porsche Team who finished fourth, and a lap down, actually looked quite strong and held second place until a Hybrid problem needed clearing by the driver cycling the systems, which took two slow laps to figure out. The #2 Audi finished fifth.

Another close race in USCC, with the top 5 cars all finishing on the same lap. The best of them was the #2 Extreme Speed HPD, with the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette only 5 or so seconds behind after 2 hours. The final podium spot went to the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford. The other two cars to finish on the lead lap were the #5 Action Express Corvette and the #90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette who finished 4th and 5th respectively. The #1 Extreme Speed HPD did have the lead of the race for a short while, but gearbox issues put them out of the race and 57 laps down, classified in 22nd and last place.

Marco Whittmann won the DTM race in his BMW. DTM have two types of tires which they must run during the event – the “option” tire and the standard tire. Whittmann started on the option tire and finished on the standard tire. In second place Mattias Elkstrom, in the Audi, did the opposite, starting on the standard tire and finishing on the option, so it seems like the tire selection is not going to be a big factor in the DTM races. Adrien Tambay in the other Abt Audi finished third, and Mike Rockenfeller in the Phoenix Audi finished fourth. BMW’s and Audi took the first 10 positions, leaving the best of the Mercedes in 11th and 12th, with our other pick Gary Paffett taking that 12th place spot.

Player’s Scores:

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Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourth win of the year. The combination of picking Valentino Rossi and the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing was the difference. No changes in the standings …

Standings:

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April 28, 2014

Week 16

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:00 am

Welcome to week 16 – our first 5 event weekend. MotoGP is in Jerez, Spain. NASCAR is at the infamous Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The USCC is at Mazda Raceway (Laguna Seca) in Calfornia. WEC is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. And the season opener for DTM is at the Hockenheimring in Germant. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at http://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2014-week-sixteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml. Many thanks to Sebastian for pointing out the split of classes in USCC into two races; because of this I have been able to narrow the choices for this event on the pick page to eliminate confusion.

Scores from week 15:

MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Alabama:

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There’s no holding back Marc Marquez. He got shuffled back to a lowly 7th on the opening lap but still managed to take the MotoGP victory in Argentina. There were plenty of good battles and overtaking through the field for most the race. Jorge Lorenzo tried to get away clear in the lead, but was eventually caught by not only Marquez, but also the second Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa, at the end of the race. Valentino Rossi managed to hold off the rest of the field for fourth place.

The NASCAR race in Richmond was a fire fest. Multiple cars caught fire and fortunately all drivers escaped unhurt. The main cause of the fires was the overheating brakes on the short circuit combined with worn tires that failed and then caught fire from the brakes; in turn this caused other parts of the cars to catch fire, and because it was an evening race, the results were quite spectacular. None of our picks had such trouble, with Joey Logano taking the win over Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski. Fifth place Matt Kenseth was involved in the close door-banging last few laps which led to some shenanigans between the latter two on the cool down lap. There was also a nice punch-up in the pits after the race between Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose – but this is the soap opera part of NASCAR that adds to its appeal for many.

The Indycar race at Barber raceway in Alabama was plagued by rain early on which led to a shortened race. The rain was the cause of several offs, but it didn’t faze Ryan Hunter-Ray who looked strongest for most the race and duly won. Marco Andretti took second place and Scott Dixon third. Simon Pagenaud was fourth and Will Power fifth. Out of our other picks, Ryan Briscoe finished 11th, and Mike Conway 14th. Helio Castroneves was 19th after receiving a pit drive-through penalty after stopping in Justin Wilson’s pit box for service – oops. Carlos Munoz was one of the drivers who went off in the rain, and finished 23rd and last.

Player’s Scores:

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Congratulations to Greased Lightning and his second win of the season. He got an impressive NASCAR result with all three picks finishing in the top 7. The rest of us were not far behind, so no changes in the standings …

Standings:

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