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:
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.
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…