The Motor Racing Game

May 20, 2018

2018 Week 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:33 pm

Welcome to week 18 – three races this weekend. F1 has their iconic Monaco Grand Prix around the Principality’s streets; NASCAR remains in Charlotte, North Carolina after their All-Star weekend, for the Coca-Cola 600; and Indycar racing has their famed 500 at Indianapolis Speedway. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 17:

WRC Portugal, MotoGP France, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star Race), Formula E Germany:

Results – Week 17
Pos WRC MotoGP NASCAR Formula e
1 Thierry Neuville Marc Marquez Kevin Harvick Daniel Abt
2 Elfyn Evans Danilo Petrucci Daniel Suarez Lucas di Grassi
3 Teemu Suninen Valentino Rossi Joey Logano Jean-Eric Vergne
4 Dani Sordo Jack Miller Denny Hamlin Sebastien Buemi
5 Esapekka Lappi Dani Pedrosa Chase Elliott Oliver Turvey
6 Mads Ostberg Jorge Lorenzo Jimmie Johnson Mitch Evans
7 Craig Breen Maverick Vinales Kyle Larson Sam Bird
8 Pontus Tidemand Cal Crutchlow AJ Allmendinger Maro Engel
9 Lukasz Pieniaze Aleix Espargaro Kyle Busch Andre Lotterer
10 Stephane Lefebvre Alex Rins Kasey Kahne Nick Heidfeld

The harsh gravel roads of Portugal presented problems to many of the top drivers in the WRC event. Among the victims was Sebastian Ogier who broke a steering arm on one corner and went off the road into the trees on the next corner; he came back under Rally 2 rules but finished 21st with no championship points. Ott Tanak hit a big rock that punctured the engine and put him out of the rally (so no points for picking him). Kris Meeke also had a high-speed crash which wrecked the car, and he was out. Jari-Matti Latvala broke another suspension (same as in Argentina) and also had to come back in Rally 2. And returning Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon had a big crash that resulted in him going to hospital, although he was ok. All that left Thierry Neuville to dominate at the head of the field, and with no issues he took an easy victory, ahead of Elfyn Evans who was well clear of the third-place driver. That third place was hotly contested, with Dani Sordo holding it for most of the rally, until he was penalized 10s for driving “through” two straw bales on a street stage. With the position being so tight, it dropped him to fifth leaving Teemu Suninen and Esapekka Lappi to battle it out for the final podium spot, ultimately going to Suninen. Post-rally Lappi was hit with a similar 10s penalty to what was given to Sordo, re-promoting Sordo to fourth.

All of the action in the French round of the MotoGP series came in the beginning when Jorge Lorenzo, Johann Zarco, Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Petrucci, and Valentino Rossi all battled for the lead positions for the first 10 laps. Dovizioso was the first to drop out, crashing out from the lead when he lost the front end, much to his surprise based on his gesticulations after the crash; he was classified 22nd at the end. Then Zarco crashed on lap seven trying to hold onto second place, leaving him classified 21st. That put Marquez behind Lorenzo in the battle for the lead, and when Marquez passed on lap nine, that was the deciding move, with Marquez riding away for the win. Behind him, Lorenzo couldn’t hold off Dani Petrucci and Valentino Rossi, who passed to take second and third places respectively. Lorenzo actually dropped to a sixth-place finish. Maverick Vinales had a miserable race, being as low as 13th at one point, but managed to rally to a 7th place finish.

NASCAR had their All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. They put new one-time rules in place to reduce HP and make the cars draft, even though it was “only” a 1.5 mile oval. It seemed to bring the results NASCAR were looking for, with tight racing through all of the short “Stages”, and with Kevin Harvick eventually taking a last-lap win over Daniel Suarez. Next week the cars return to their normal configuration, so the All-Star race is unlikely to be any indication of who will be competitive for the 600, beyond the usual suspects.

Formula E was in Berlin, Germany, and the home crowd must have been pleased to see the Audi team take a one-two finish with Daniel Abt winning by 7s ahead of his team-mate, Lucas di Grassi. There were a lot of position changes down the order, but once again the privateer team of Techeetah with Jean-Eric Vergne at the wheel managed to beat the factory Renault team into third place, with Sebastien Buemi finishing fourth. Sam Bird had an uneventful race, finishing seventh. And Felix Rosenqvist could not do any better than 11th.

Week-17 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Thierry Neuville 50 50
Sebastien Ogier 9 9
Ott Tanak 0 0
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi 35
Maverick Vinales 26
Johann Zarco 9 9
Andrea Dovizioso 8
NASCAR
Formula e
Lucas di Grassi 40
Jean-Eric Vergne 35 35
Sebastien Buemi 32 32
Sam Bird 26
Felix Rosenqvist 19
Totals: 272 252

Congratulations to iomracer and his seventh win of the year. Solid picks in MotoGP led to a 20 point victory, although no changes in positions in the season-long standings…

Standings after week 17:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4444 252 4192
2 2 iomracer 4373 -71 272 4101 -91
3 3 New Players 3982 -391 227 3755 -346

 

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May 14, 2018

2018 Week 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:33 pm

Welcome to week 17 – four races this weekend. WRC is back in Europe at Rally Portugal; MotoGP is at Le Mans in France; NASCAR has their all-star race in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Formula E is racing around the temporary course at Tempelhof Field in Berlin, Germany. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 16:

F1 Spain, NASCAR Kansas, Indycar Indianapolis (road course):

Results – Week 16
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Kevin Harvick Will Power
2 Valtteri Bottas Martin Truex Jr. Scott Dixon
3 Max Verstappen Joey Logano Robert Wickens
4 Sebastian Vettel Kyle Larson Sebastien Bourdais
5 Daniel Ricciardo Denny Hamlin Alexander Rossi
6 Kevin Magnussen Paul Menard Helio Castroneves
7 Carlos Sainz Erik Jones James Hinchcliffe
8 Fernando Alonso Kurt Busch Simon Pagenaud
9 Sergio Perez Aric Almirola Graham Rahal
10 Charles Leclerc Kyle Busch Takuma Sato

Mercedes finally got the one-two result they were looking for in F1 in Spain, both in qualifying and in the race. It was an easy victory for Lewis Hamilton, who drove away from the field from the start. It was a little tougher for Valtteri Bottas who got passed at the start by Sebastian Vettel. But Vettel’s Ferrari team took a gamble later in the race under a safety car by making an extra pit stop. Although pit stops under the safety car have worked out well in earlier races, that was not the case in Spain, and Vettel dropped to fourth, where he would finish. Max Verstappen managed to finish third, despite losing a part of his front wing when he hit Lance Stroll under a virtual safety car. Daniel Ricciardo was another to have a problem under the virtual safety car, when he solo-spun at the slower speed. He recovered to finish fifth. Fernando Alonso dropped a lot of places in the opening lap, avoiding some mid-field carnage when Romain Grosjean spun in front of most of the field, and collected two other cars. Alonso recovered to an eighth-place finish. Kimi Raikkonen had to park his Ferrari after only 25 laps, with a very sick sounding engine – he was classified 17th at the finish.

The NASCAR race at Kansas was a bit of a bore for the first 230 or so laps (of 267), with the cars quickly spacing out after the start and after the stages, then just circling with little of interest going on. But then the action started, with three crashes in quick succession, including a fairly major crash which left 8 laps to go. Those last laps turned out to be a joust between Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., with Harvick passing Truex on the penultimate lap and going on to take the win.

Will Power won the Indycar race on Indiapolis’ Road circuit, and while he led the most races, it was not an easy victory. There were nine lead changes during the race, and at the end Power had to hold off Scott Dixon while also trying to save fuel. Robert Wickens finished a somewhat distant third, almost 6s down on Dixon. Alexander Rossi was the pole-setting for the race, but dropped back to a fifth place finish. James Hinchcliffe finished 7th, ahead of Simon Pagenaud who recovered after being hit earlier in the race by Helio Castroneves. On lap 56 (of 85) Josef Newgarden was challenging Sebastien Bourdais for third place, but couldn’t make the move and the resulting spin cost him dearly; he finished 11th. Ryan Hunter-Reay also had a forgettable race, finishing 18th.

Week-16 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Max Verstappen 35
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Daniel Ricciardo 30 30
Fernando Alonso 24
Kimi Raikkonen 13 13
NASCAR
Indycar
Will Power 50
Scott Dixon 40
Alexander Rossi 30
James Hinchcliffe 26
Simon Pagenaud 24
Josef Newgarden 19 19
Ryan Hunter-Reay 12
Totals: 276 333

Congratulations to Sebastian and his ninth win of the year. His crushing victory by 57 points (the biggest of the year so far) was fueled by great Indycar picks. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 16:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4192 333 3859
2 2 iomracer 4101 -91 276 3825 -34
3 3 New Players 3755 -346 248 3507 -318

 

May 7, 2018

2018 Week 16

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:37 am

Welcome to week 16 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR is on the intermediate oval in Kansas City, Kansas; and Indycar is on Indianapolis’ road course in Indiana. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 15:

MotoGP Jerez, NASCAR Dover, WEC Belgium, USCC Ohio:

Results – Week 15
Pos MotoGP NASCAR WEC USCC
1 Marc Marquez Kevin Harvick 8-Toyota Racing 7-Penske
2 Johann Zarco Clint Bowyer 7-Toyota Racing 6-Penske
3 Andrea Iannone Daniel Suarez 3-Rebellion 77-Mazda Motorsports
4 Danilo Petrucci Martin Truex Jr. 4-Team Bykolles 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
5 Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch 11-SMP Racing 10-Konica Minolta
6 Jack Miller Brad Keselowski 26-G-Drive Racing 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
7 Maverick Vinales Denny Hamlin 38-Jackie Chan DC 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
8 Alvaro Bautista Ryan Blaney 36-Signatech Alpine 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
9 Franco Morbidelli Jimmie Johnson 37-Jackie Chan DC 22-Tequila Patron ESM
10 Mika Kallio Kyle Larson 28-TDS Racing 2-Tequila-Patron ESM

It was an action-packed MotoGP event in Jerez, Spain. Cal Crutchlow had pole position, but Jorge Lorenzo got the jump on him at the start to lead the field into turn one. Unlike the rest of the field, Lorenzo started on a soft front tire, and as expected it didn’t last, and by lap eight Marc Marquez had the lead. From there Marquez pulled away for a relatively easy victory. Behind though, Andrea Dovizioso couldn’t get by Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa was also pressuring both of them. Then Pedrosa decided he was going to pass them both in turn 6, but went into the corner way too hot and wiped out the other two. The big benefactors were Johann Zarco and Andrea Iannone, who found themselves on the podium (second and third respectively) when the three in front crashed out. Along with Dani Pedrosa (fourth), both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales benefited from the wreck. Neither had been having a good weekend, but moved up three places in the field, to finish fifth and seventh respectively. Dovizioso was classified in 20th at the finish.

Kevin Harvick was the first in the series to win four NASCAR races this season, when he dominated the race at Dover, Delaware. He won all three stages and crossed the finish line more than 6s ahead of Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez.

The first race of the year for WEC featured F1 driver, Fernando Alonso in the #8 Toyota, and to his delight he took the checkered flag to win, ahead of the #7 Toyota by just 1.4s after 6 hours of racing. Rebellion was the best of the rest with both the team’s cars crossing the line in third (#1 car) and fourth (#3 car) place behind the hybrid Toyotas. However, post-race inspection found the skid block on the #1 was thinner than regulations allowed, and the car was disqualified, so no points (per rule 5e).

The USCC was at the road course of Mid-Ohio where the Penske Acuras dominated the entire weekend – practice, qualifying, and then the race where they finished one-two. It was former Indycar driver, and three-time Indianapolis winner Helio Castroneves who set the pole-setting time in qualifying in the #7 Penske, and it was his team that took victory over the #6 Penske being driven by another former Indycar driver and two-time Indianapolis winner, Juan Pablo Montoya. Both Mazdas kept the pressure on the Acuras, although the #55 Mazda dropped out early in the race after contact with a GT car. The #77 Mazda stayed in touch with the Acuras all race long and took the final podium spot just 27s down on the second Penske car. Two-time winner this year, the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, also stayed in touch with the leaders, finished on the same lap as the Acuras, 30s down on the winning car, followed in fifth place by the one of the other Cadillacs, the #10 Konica Minolta car. The third Cadillac, the #31 Whelen Engineering car finished a lap down in eighth place.

Week-15 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 50 50
Johann Zarco 40 40
Valentino Rossi 30
Maverick Vinales 26 26
Andrea Dovizioso 10 10
NASCAR
WEC
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
7-Toyota Racing 40 40
1-Rebellion 0
USCC
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 32 32
10-Konica Minolta 30 30
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 24 24
Totals: 302 332

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighth win of the year. Obviously, the difference was the disqualification of iomracer’s pick of the #1 Rebellion in WEC, which had crossed the line in third place, resulting in zero points for the pick. No changes in the positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 15:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3859 332 3527
2 2 iomracer 3825 -34 302 3523 -4
3 3 New Players 3507 -318 272 3235 -288

 

April 30, 2018

2018 Week 15

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:42 am

Welcome to week 15 – four races this week. MotoGP visits Jerez in Spain; NASCAR is at the short track in Dover, Delaware; WEC is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; and USCC is at the Mid-Ohio track in Ohio. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 14:

F1 Azerbaijan, WRC Argentina, NASCAR Talladega, Formula E Paris:

Results – Week 14
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Formula e
1 Lewis Hamilton Ott Tanak Joey Logano Jean-Eric Vergne
2 Kimi Raikkonen Thierry Neuville Kurt Busch Lucas di Grassi
3 Sergio Perez Dani Sordo Chase Elliott Sam Bird
4 Sebastian Vettel Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick Maro Engel
5 Carlos Sainz Andreas Mikkelsen Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sebastien Buemi
6 Charles Leclerc Elfyn Evans David Ragan Andre Lotterer
7 Fernando Alonso Kris Meeke Aric Almirola Daniel Abt
8 Lance Stroll Esapekka Lappi Alex Bowman Felix Rosenqvist
9 Stoffel Vandoorne Teemu Suninen Ryan Newman Oliver Turvey
10 Brendon Hartley Pontus Tidemand Daniel Suarez Jose Maria Lopez

At the F1 race in Baku City in Azerbaijan, it looked like tire strategy was going to play the deciding role, with Ferrari stretching the use of the super soft tires, seemingly to Sebastian Vettel’s advantage, then Mercedes taking an even bigger gamble by keeping Valtteri Bottas out on supersoft tires even longer. But all changed with 10 laps to go when Max Verstappen put a seemingly illegal double-move block on teammate Daniel Ricciardo, causing Ricciardo to rear-end Verstappen, putting them both out of the race. That brought out the safety car and closed up the field with Bottas ahead of Vettel and Hamilton. It was a long safety car after Romain Grosjean crashed while warming his tires, and left just a two lap sprint to the end. The restart was a disaster for Vettel, who out braked himself trying to pass Bottas while withstanding pressure from Hamilton, and lost out to both. But then Bottas ran over debris and lost a tire, putting him out of the race. That gave Hamilton the lead and the win. Meanwhile Vettel’s flat-spots on his tires slowed him and Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez got by, leaving Vettel with a fourth place finish. Unlucky Bottas finished 14th, while Daniel Ricciardo was classified in 16th.

The WRC event has a reputation for being a car breaking event, but this year there were only minor issues among the top drivers. Ott Tanak had a spin on Friday, but it seemed to inspire him to push harder, and he had a lead at the end of Friday that he didn’t cede, finishing ahead of Thierry Neuville by almost 40s. Neuville had no real issues – he just couldn’t keep up with Tanak, but more critically he finished two places ahead of championship leader, Sebastian Ogier. Ogier had the usual task of road sweeping, which set him back on Friday. Dani Sordo was the filling between Neuville and Ogier, finishing third.

NASCAR was at the superspeedway of Talladega race at the short track in Bristol, Tennessee, where Joey Logano won after leading for the last 42 laps (of 188). There was one “big one”, and it happened with only 22 laps to go. Along with Logano, Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott avoided the big crash and ended up second and third respectively.

The Formula E race in Paris, France was ultimately won by the Frenchman, Jean-Eric Vergne, but after an action packed final lap. Behind Vergne and in second place on the track, Andre Lotterer’s car ran out of energy before he got to the line. Lucas di Grassi got by to claim second, but Sam Bird did not expect to come across such a slow moving car, and plowed into the back of Lotterer. Since it was just before the finish line, Bird did manage to limp across to take the third step of the podium. Maro Engel and Sebastien Buemi both managed to pass the stricken Lotterer to finish fourth and fifth respectively, with Lotterer crawling across the line in sixth. Daniel Abt and Felix Rosenqvist were too far behind to beat Lotterer, so they finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Week-14 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1    
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Kimi Raikkonen   40
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 16 16
Daniel Ricciardo 14 14
WRC    
Ott Tanak 50  
Thierry Neuville 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
NASCAR    
Formula e    
Jean-Eric Vergne 50 50
Sam Bird 35 35
Sebastien Buemi   30
Felix Rosenqvist 24  
Totals: 343 339

Congratulations to iomracer and his sixth win of the year. The biggest difference was iomracer’s Tanak pick in WRC versus Sebastian’s Raikkonen pick in F1. But with the better pick of Buemi versus Rosenqvist in Formula E going to Sebastian, this week’s victory by iomracer was a narrow 6 points, leaving Sebastian at the top of the season long standings …

Standings after week 14:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3527   339 3188  
2 2 iomracer 3523 -4 343 3180 -8
3 3 New Players 3235 -288 305 2930 -250

 

April 25, 2018

2018 Week 14

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:11 pm

Welcome to week 14 – four races this week. F1 is in Baku City in Azerbaijan; WRC tackles the gravel roads of Argentina; NASCAR is at the Talladega superspeedway in Alabama; and Formula E takes to the streets of Paris, France, around the Place des Invalides. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 13:

MotoGP Texas, NASCAR Virginia, Indycar Alabama:

Results – Week 13
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar
1 Marc Marquez Kyle Busch Josef Newgarden
2 Maverick Vinales Chase Elliott Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 Andrea Iannone Denny Hamlin James Hinchcliffe
4 Valentino Rossi Joey Logano Robert Wickens
5 Andrea Dovizioso Kevin Harvick Sebastien Bourdais
6 Johann Zarco Jimmie Johnson Scott Dixon
7 Dani Pedrosa Kyle Larson Graham Rahal
8 Esteve Rabat Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato
9 Jack Miller Clint Bowyer Simon Pagenaud
10 Aleix Espargaro Daniel Suarez Marco Andretti

Marc Marquez dominated the U.S. round of MotoGP at the Circuit of Americas, as he has done for several years now. After a three-place grid penalty in qualifying, for causing a crash, he quickly moved to the head of the field at the start of the race, and was never threatened for the whole race. So the battles were for the lower positions, where it was pole-setter Maverick Vinales, Andrea Iannone, and Valentino Rossi fighting for the remaining two podium positions. And that was the order in which the finished. Not too far behind Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco kept it close for fifth, with Dovizioso taking that spot over Zarco at the end. Jorge Lorenzo was off the pace at COTA, and couldn’t do better than an 11th place finish. The was better than Cal Crutchlow who crashed (but got back on his bike), and managed to get himself a time penalty for corner cutting, which resulted in a 19th place finish.

NASCAR was in Richmond, Virginia, where Kyle Busch drove from the back of the field to victory, thanks to many cautions and great pit stops. The last caution caused “overtime”, but when the green flag flew, Busch again got the better of the field, and beat Chase Elliott to the line. Denny Hamlin finished third, and Joey Logano fourth.

Indycar was at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama where it was a race of two parts. Part 1 on Sunday was abandoned after a handful of laps due to rain and flooding. The race restart on Monday started in dry conditions, but finished with rain. Josef Newgarden adapted to the changing condition best, and beat Ryan Hunter-Reay by almost 10s when the checkered flag came out. Scott Dixon was one of only a couple of drivers whose strategy of one pitstop in the second part of the race was ruined by the rain, making a 6th place finish the best he could do.  Simon Pagenaud battled it out in the top 10 for most of the race, and finished 9th. Alexander Rossi had a spin when the race came down, so an 11th place finished for him. Will Power had a major crash in the dreadful conditions in the first part of the race on Sunday, and while he was ok, he could not take the restart on Monday, so 21st was his finishing position.

Week-13 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 50 50
Maverick Vinales 40 40
Valentino Rossi 32 32
Andrea Dovizioso 30 30
Johann Zarco 28 28
Jorge Lorenzo 19
Cal Crutchlow 11
NASCAR
Joey Logano 32
Indycar
Josef Newgarden 50 50
Scott Dixon 28 28
Simon Pagenaud 22
Alexander Rossi 19
Will Power 9
Totals: 307 321

Congratulations to Sebastian with his seventh win of the year. It was a mixed bag of picks, with Joey Logano’s 4th place finish in NASCAR making the most significant difference in giving Sebastian the win, and taking the lead back in the season long standings …

Standings after week 13:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 2 Sebastian 3188 321 2867 -6
2 1 iomracer 3180 -8 307 2873
3 3 New Players 2930 -250 276 2654 -213

 

April 16, 2018

2018 Week 13

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:51 pm

Welcome to week 13 – three races this weekend: MotoGP is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas; NASCAR is at their second short track in a row, at Richmond International in Virginia; and Indycar in on the road track of Barber in Alabama. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 12:
F1 China, NASCAR Tennessee , Indycar California, USCC California, Formula E Italy:

Results – Week 12
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar USCC Formula e
1 Daniel Ricciardo Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi 5-Mustang Sampling Racing Sam Bird
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson Will Power 2-Tequila-Patron ESM Lucas di Grassi
3 Kimi Raikkonen Jimmie Johnson Ed Jones 10-Konica Minolta Andre Lotterer
4 Lewis Hamilton Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Zach Veach 77-Mazda Motorsports Daniel Abt
5 Max Verstappen Alex Bowman Graham Rahal 6-Penske Jean-Eric Vergne
6 Nico Hulkenberg Aric Almirola Marco Andretti 7-Penske Sebastien Buemi
7 Fernando Alonso Kevin Harvick Josef Newgarden 31-Whelen Engineering Racing Jerome d’Ambrosio
8 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer Tony Kanaan 99-JDC-Miller Motosports Maro Engel
9 Carlos Sainz Joey Logano James Hinchcliffe 55-Mazda Motorsports Mitch Evans
10 Kevin Magnussen Ryan Newman Charlie Kimball 54-CORE Autosport Edoardo Mortara

When Sebastian Vettel took pole position in the Chinese F1 race in Shanghai, it looked like he might be on route to three wins in a row. And he got the jump at the start of the race, with Valtteri Bottas slotting in second. Then Mercedes took a gamble and pulled Bottas in early for medium compound tires, and the gamble paid off after Vettel came in, and found himself behind Bottas when he exited the pits. Bottas looked comfortable in the lead until a collision between Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley brought out a safety car, 26 laps from the end. Red Bull pitted both cars at that point, which put them on fresher tires for the remainder of the race, but with positions to make up. An error by Max Verstappen let Daniel Ricciardo past, who then past Lewis Hamilton for third place. Two laps later, both Red Bulls advanced a position with Ricciardo passing Vettel for second, and Vertappen passing Hamilton for fourth. On the next lap Verstappen tried an aggressive move on Vettel and collected him. Although both were able to continue, they lost several places. And the officials gave Verstappen a 10s penalty for the incident, dropping him to ninth (adjusted for the penalty), although he was able to get back to a fifth place finish at the end of the race, one place behind the Hamilton, who was actually behind him on the road. Up front Ricciardo’s charge didn’t stop, and with 11 laps to go, he took the lead from Bottas and never looked back, taking then win ahead of Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.

The NASCAR race at the short track of Bristol, Tennessee was a stop and start affair with delays and red flags for both rain and incidents. By lap 204 out of 500 enough was enough and the race was stopped until Monday, with Kyle Larson in the lead. The weather also threatened Monday’s race, but they got it underway, and Larson held the lead. But as Larson’s tires started going off, Kyle Busch did a bump-and-run and took the lead. He was helped with a caution with 20 laps to go which got him on new tires, and he drove on to the checkered flag for the win, followed by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

Indycar was in the streets of Long Beach, California, and it was dominated by Alexander Rossi. He took pole, then the lead at the start of the race, and led for pretty much the whole race – only conceding when pit stops cycled through. At the end he won by 1.2s – a comfortable margin by Indy standards – beating Will Power and Ed Jones. Josef Newgarden, who had the championship lead going into the race (now held by Rossi), had a mediocre race by his standards, finishing 7th. Scott Dixon was near the front of the race until he made the error of pitting while the pit lane was closed, resulting in a drive-through penalty, and an 11th place finish. Simon Pagenaud was taken out on the first corner of the first lap when Graham Rahal drove into the back of him. Pagenaud finished 24th and last.

The USCC race, which was also at Long Beach, was a close affair for much of the race, with great pit work seeming to make the difference for the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, which took the lead after a series of pit stops for the top runners, with 40 minutes of the race remaining, and went on for the win. The #2 Tequila Patron Nissan had their best results of the season, finishing second, 4.8s back. And third went to last year’s winners, the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, a further 0.5s back. The #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac, had the lead at one point in the race, but could not fend off a number of quick cars, so ended up in seventh place, but still only 16s down on the winners.

Formula E were racing around the streets of Rome in Italy, specifically around the Piazza Guglielmo Marconi. Felix Rosenqvist looked the strongest in the inaugural race, but when he clipped a curb 23 laps in, he broke his rear wheel and was out. That left the door open for three drivers – Sam Bird, Mitch Evans, and Andre Lotterer, who battled out down to the last laps. Energy remaining in the all-electric cars played a role at the end, with Evans not having enough to get past Bird who took the win, with Evans dropping all the way to 9th. Di Grassi inherited second, with Andre Lotterer completing the podium. Daniel Abt was fourth, followed by Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi.

Week-12 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1    
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 24 24
NASCAR    
Indycar    
Josef Newgarden 26 26
Scott Dixon 19  
Simon Pagenaud   6
USCC    
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 50 50
10-Konica Minolta 35 35
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 26  
Formula e    
Sam Bird 50 50
Jean-Eric Vergne 30 30
Sebastien Buemi   28
Totals: 332 321

Congratulations to iomracer and his fifth win of the year and three in a row. The difference was largely Sebastian’s unfortunate pick of Simon Pagenaud in Indycar, who got punted out of the race at the start. This result also means that iomracer takes over the season-long standings for the first time this year, albeit by a slim margin …

Standings after week 12:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 2 iomracer 2873   332 2541 -5
2 1 Sebastian 2867 -6 321 2546  
3 3 New Players 2654 -213 292 2362 -179

 

April 9, 2018

2018 Week 12

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Welcome to week 12 – another five races this weekend. F1 moves from Bahrain across Asia to Shanghai in China. NASCAR is on the short track of Bristol, Tennessee. Indycar is on the street circuit of Long Beach in California. USCC joins Indycar in Long Beach. Formula E takes to the streets of Rome, Italy. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 11:
F1 Bahrain, WRC France, MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Texas, Indycar Arizona

Results – Week 11
Pos F1 WRC MotoGP NASCAR Indycar
1 Sebastian Vettel Sebastien Ogier Cal Crutchlow Kyle Busch Josef Newgarden
2 Valtteri Bottas Ott Tanak Johann Zarco Kevin Harvick Robert Wickens
3 Lewis Hamilton Thierry Neuville Alex Rins Jamie McMurray Alexander Rossi
4 Pierre Gasly Dani Sordo Jack Miller Erik Jones Scott Dixon
5 Kevin Magnussen Elfyn Evans Maverick Vinales Ryan Blaney Ryan Hunter-Reay
6 Nico Hulkenberg Esapekka Lappi Andrea Dovizioso Joey Logano James Hinchcliffe
7 Fernando Alonso Andreas Mikkelsen Esteve Rabat Kurt Busch Ed Carpenter
8 Stoffel Vandoorne Jan Kopecky Andrea Iannone Darrell Wallace Jr. Tony Kanaan
9 Marcus Ericsson Kris Meeke Hafizh Syahrin Clint Bowyer Graham Rahal
10 Esteban Ocon Yoann Bonato Danilo Petrucci William Byron Simon Pagenaud

The F1 race in Sakhir, Bahrain, looked like it was going to be determined by pit strategy – 1 stop versus 2. But in the end Ferrari switched from a 2 stop to a 1 stop by keeping Sebastian Vettel out on soft tires well past their supposed life. The strategy worked, with Vettel able to hold off a charging Valtteri Bottas, who was on medium tires, by 0.5s. Lewis Hamilton started ninth after a poor qualifying, plus a five place penalty for changing gearboxes. But he quickly moved up the field to fourth place, and then when Kimi Raikkonen retired he had third, and that’s where he finished. For Raikkonen a disastrous pit stop which saw him run over a pit crew member, forcing him to stop, and out of the race classified in 18th place.

WRC was on the island of Corsica, making it the home event for the two Sebastians, Ogier and Loeb. And it was the two of them that headed the field on Friday, until Loeb misjudged the amount of dirt being dragged onto the asphalt, and crashed out. He returned on Saturday under rally 2 rules, and set a number of fastest stage times, but with the rally 2 time penalty, 14th was his finishing position. He left Ogier with a dominant lead over the rest of the field, and Ogier drove to a comfortably managed win. Kris Meeke, Thierry Neuville, and Ott Tanak were in a close battle for second, but a misheard pace note led to a big crash for Meeke, leaving the battle between the other two. Setup changes overnight between Friday and Saturday left Tanak much more comfortable with his Toyota, and he was able to get ahead of Neuville on Saturday after Meeke’s crash, and hold on for second place. Neuville took the final podium spot.

MotoGP was in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. Privateer Jack Miller took a well-deserved pole position after he took an enormous risk in qualifying by going out in wet conditions on slicks. He described his pole winning lap this way: “it wasn’t me, I was just hanging on”. Then at the start, with the rain coming down, Miller did exactly the same thing: went to the grid with slicks. The rain stopped and everyone (except Miller) headed for the pits for slick tires. With the scheduled start time passing, Miller rightly called foul, and that he should have been able to take the start while everyone was in the pits. But the officials were also in the right postponing the start. They couldn’t have the whole field (except for Miller) starting from the pit lane, that would have presented an enormous safety issue. The compromise was bizarre. They gridded the field significantly behind Miller, essentially giving him a head start. The strangeness didn’t end there. Marquez stalled his bike, then refused to push it off the grid, in violation of the rules, and another safety issue. He was penalized when the race got underway with a ride-through the pits, putting him down into 20th place. He then literally barged his way through the field, resulting in another penalty in which he had to allow riders back past him. On the charge again, he eventually caught Valentino Rossi and punted him of his bike. Another 30s penalty for Marquez. Meanwhile, up front, Cal Crutchlow, Johann Zarco, Alex Rins, and Milller were battling out for the lead. A mistake by Miller dropped him back. There were changes for the lead between the remaining three, but it was Crutchlow that prevailed in the end to take the win over Zarco, with Rins in third and Miller fourth. Marquez with his penalty was placed 19th, one place ahead of Valentino Rossi (20th). Andrea Dovizioso had a quiet race, finishing 6th.

The NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway just outside of Dallas, had an eventful first half, with several drivers having problems, but the second half was a bit of a sleeper. There were almost no stoppages in the second half of the race, which resulted in only ten drivers finishing on the lead lap. At the front of those ten was Kyle Busch, who took the win ahead of Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray.

Indycar was at the “flat” oval of ISM Raceway, formerly Phoenix International Raceway, in Phoenix, Arizona, and as is typical with Indycar at an oval, there were plenty of lead changes with a lot of different names up front. The final yellow came out with 21 laps to go after Ed Jones hit the wall. That sent a number of leaders into the pits. When they came out, they were behind a number of lapped cars, but per Indycar rules those cars were sent to the pit lane so as not to interfere with the race leaders. On the restart it was Robert Wickens at the front, followed by Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, and Joseph Newgarden. Newgarden quickly got by Rossi and Hinchcliffe, and started working on Wickens. Newgarden took the lead with three laps to go, and deservedly won the race, followed across the line by Wickens, Dixon, and Rossi. In that last stop, Scott Dixon got a wing adjustment, and that paid off with him climbing to fourth, which was a great result considering he started 17th on the grid.

Week-11 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Lewis Hamilton 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 12 12
WRC
Sebastien Ogier 50 50
Thierry Neuville 35
Sebastien Loeb 16 16
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 28 28
Marc Marquez 12 12
Valentino Rossi 11 11
NASCAR
Indycar
Scott Dixon 32
Totals: 289 286

Congratulations to iomracer and his 4th win of the year. Obviously the difference was his Neuville pick who finished third in WRC, versus Sebastian’s Dixon pick who finished fourth in Indycar. No changes in positions in the season standings, but the gap is now just 5 points …

Standings after week 11:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2546 286 2260
2 2 iomracer 2541 -5 289 2252 -8
3 3 New Players 2362 -179 263 2099 -153

 

April 2, 2018

2018 Week 11

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Welcome to week 11 – five races this weekend. F1 comes “up” from Australia to Bahrain’s International Circuit in Sakhir. WRC has their first all-tarmac rally on the roads of the island of Corse, France. MotoGP is at Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. NASCAR is at the intermediate track of Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. And Indycar is at the flat oval of ISM Raceway, formerly Phoenix International Raceway, in Phoenix, Arizona. Make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 10:
No races last week.

There was no racing this past weekend, so obviously no changes in positions in the season long standings, with Sebastian in the lead with six wins versus iomracer’s three wins …

Standings after week 10:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2260 297 1963
2 2 iomracer 2252 -8 341 1911 -52
3 3 New Players 2099 -153 276 1823 -88

 

March 28, 2018

2018 Week 10

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Welcome to week 10 – no races this weekend – the only time this happens this season. But it’ll be a busy five race weekend in a couple of weeks, so why not make your picks early at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 9:
F1 Australia, NASCAR Virginia:

Results – Week 9
Pos F1 NASCAR
1 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer
2 Lewis Hamilton Kyle Busch
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ryan Blaney
4 Daniel Ricciardo Martin Truex Jr.
5 Fernando Alonso Kevin Harvick
6 Max Verstappen Joey Logano
7 Nico Hulkenberg Alex Bowman
8 Valtteri Bottas AJ Allmendinger
9 Stoffel Vandoorne Chase Elliott
10 Carlos Sainz Brad Keselowski

F1 opened their season “down under” in Melbourne, Australia. Lewis Hamilton was dominant in practice, qualifying, including a new lap record, and when he got the lead from pole at the start of the race, he methodically pulled away from the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. But on-track problems with both Haas cars caused the safety car to come out. Both Hamilton and Raikkonen had been to the pits, but Vettel hadn’t, so when he came in under the safety car, he was able to come out in the lead. The new cars don’t seem to like the turbulent air of a car in front, so when the race restarted Hamilton couldn’t get past, and had to settle for a second-place finish, with Raikkonen in third. The Haas cars had looked good at the beginning of the race, but a terrible pit error for Kevin Magnussen meant that he left the pits with a loose wheel and had to pull over and out of the race, classified in 17th place at the end. Up front Daniel Ricciardo was putting the pressure on Raikkonen, and was trying to become the first Australian to podium in his home race. But the turbulent air of the Ferrari also seemed to hinder Ricciardo’s Red Bull, so he had to settle for fourth. A big gap then to Fernando Alonso in fifth place. Max Verstappen finished sixth after a wild race where he was seen driving sideways many times, and a spin before half way put him out of serious contention. Valtteri Bottas started the race 15th on the grid after a big crash in qualifying, so did well to drive to an 8th place finish.

The NASCAR race in Martinsville was postponed from the planned Sunday race until Monday, because of all things, snow! When the race got underway it turned out to be a bit of a sleeper. Although there were two different stage winners (Denny Hamlin in Stage 1, and Ryan Blaney in Stage 2), Clint Bowyer took the lead with 215 laps to go, and went on to win. He had a little help with 116 laps to go, when the sole caution of the day (for something other than the end of a stage) came out, allowing him to correct a fuel-shortage mistake that the team had made earlier. Kyle Busch came in second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., and Kevin Harvick. Brad Keselowski had a good race, taking second place after Stage 1, but faded a little towards the end of the race, finishing 10th. Jimmie Johnson still looks like he has some work to do to get on form – he finished a lap down in 15th place.

Week-9 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1    
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Daniel Ricciardo 32 32
Fernando Alonso 30  
Max Verstappen 28 28
Valtteri Bottas 24 24
Kevin Magnussen   13
NASCAR    
Kyle Busch 40 40
Martin Truex Jr. 32  
Kevin Harvick 30  
Brad Keselowski   20
Jimmie Johnson   15
Totals: 341 297

Congratulations to iomracer and his third win of the year. Getting three of the top five NASCAR drivers was probably more luck that skill, but it led to the largest two-race points total of the season so far for iomracer. However, no changes in positions in the season standings, although things tighten up quite a bit …

Standings after week 9:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 2260   297 1963  
2 2 iomracer 2252 -8 341 1911 -52
3 3 New Players 2099 -153 276 1823 -88

 

March 19, 2018

2018 Week 9

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Welcome to week 9 – two races this weekend. F1 has their season opener around Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. NASCAR has their first short-track race at Martinsville in Virginia. Please make your picks at: http://www.RoadRaceTracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 8:
MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR California, USCC Florida, Formula E Uruguay:

Results – Week 8
Pos MotoGP NASCAR USCC Formula e
1 Andrea Dovizioso Martin Truex Jr. 22-Tequila Patron ESM Jean-Eric Vergne
2 Marc Marquez Kyle Larson 10-Konica Minolta Lucas di Grassi
3 Valentino Rossi Kyle Busch 31-Whelen Engineering Racing Sam Bird
4 Cal Crutchlow Brad Keselowski 54-CORE Autosport Mitch Evans
5 Danilo Petrucci Joey Logano 32-United Autosports Felix Rosenqvist
6 Maverick Vinales Denny Hamlin 55-Mazda Motorsports Alex Lynn
7 Dani Pedrosa Erik Jones 99-JDC-Miller Motosports Oliver Turvey
8 Johann Zarco Ryan Blaney 77-Mazda Motorsports Jose Maria Lopez
9 Andrea Iannone Jimmie Johnson 85-JDC-Miller Motosports Jerome d’Ambrosio
10 Jack Miller Austin Dillon 911-Porsche GT Team Maro Engel

MotoGP seemed to pick up from last season at their opener in Losail, Qatar, with Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez battling at the end of the race for the win. And it was Dovizioso that took the win by just 0.03s. As usual in a MotoGP race, there were a number of riders who were mixing up at the front of the race at one point or another, but at the end three riders had pulled away from the rest of the field; in addition to Dovizioso and Marquez, it was Valentino Rossi who took third place. Cal Crutchlow was the best of the rest in fourth. Among the top riders, two riders had a race to forget: Maverick Vinales, who was as low as 15th at one point in the race, but did pull himself up to a 6th place finish; and Jorge Lorenzo who hit the asphalt on lap 13 after a brake issue, leaving him 24th and last.

Kevin Harvick went to the superspeedway in Fontana, California, trying to accomplish the rare NASCAR feat of winning four races in a row. However, even before Stage one was complete, he seemed to get upset at the pressure Kyle Larson was putting on him and looked to make a move to side-bump Larson as a show of his displeasure. But it all went wrong for Harvick, with the move resulting in a hard hit to the wall, and a 35th place finish. That paved the way for another driver to win, and Martin Truex Jr. made it look easy by winning both stages, and the race overall.

At the USCC 12-hours of Sebring, the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan took the win, getting the best of the Cadillacs that seem to have dominated the series for a while, going back into last year. It was two Cadillacs that took the next two podium positions, with the #10 Konica Minolta car taking second place, and the #31 Whelen Engineering car taking third. The two LMP2 cars of Core Autosport (#31 – Oreca) and United Autosports (#32 – Ligier) were fourth and five respectively, and the only other cars to finish on the lead lap. The #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac had a collision with the #38 Performance Tech Oreca, which lead to extensive repairs for the #5 team, leaving them 20 laps down and a 16th place finish.

Jean-Eric Verne seems to like South America, as he led the way to winning the Formula E race in Uruguay, following up from his win in Chile in February. But it was close, with Lucas di Grassi keeping the pressure on him, crossing the line just 0.4s down. Sam Bird was third, somewhat in no-man’s land, being more than 2s down on di Grassi, but almost 2s ahead of fourth place Mitch Evans. Felix Rosenqvist finished fifth, so holds second in the championship behind Verne. Sebastien Buemi was not running at the end, completing 29 laps out of 37, and an 18th place finish.

Week-8 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Valentino Rossi 35
Maverick Vinales 28 28
Jorge Lorenzo 6
NASCAR
USCC
10-Konica Minolta 40 40
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 35 35
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 14 14
Formula e
Jean-Eric Vergne 50 50
Sam Bird 35
Felix Rosenqvist 30 30
Sebastien Buemi 12
Totals: 328 334

Congratulations to Sebastian and his sixth win of the season. The difference was Sebastian’s better pick of Sebastien Buemi in Formula E, versus iomracer’s pick of Jorge Lorenzi in MotoGP. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 8:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 1963 334 1629
2 2 iomracer 1911 -52 328 1583 -46
3 3 New Players 1823 -88 308 1515 -68

 

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