The Motor Racing Game

July 15, 2018

2018 Week 26

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Welcome to week 26 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Germany at Hockenheim; NASCAR is at the intermediate length track in Louden, New Hampshire; USCC is at Lime Rock in Connecticut. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 25:

MotoGP Germany, NASCAR Kentucky, Indycar Toronto, Formula E New York:

Results – Week 25
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar Formula e (Race 1) Formula e (Race 2) Formula e (combined)
1 Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr. Scott Dixon Lucas di Grassi Jean-Eric Vergne Lucas di Grassi
2 Valentino Rossi Ryan Blaney Simon Pagenaud Daniel Abt Lucas di Grassi Jean-Eric Vergne
3 Maverick Vinales Brad Keselowski Robert Wickens Sebastien Buemi Daniel Abt Daniel Abt
4 Danilo Petrucci Kyle Busch James Hinchcliffe Tom Dillmann Sebastien Buemi Sebastien Buemi
5 Alvaro Bautista Kevin Harvick Charlie Kimball Jean-Eric Vergne Felix Rosenqvist Nick Heidfeld
6 Jorge Lorenzo Kurt Busch Tony Kanaan Nick Heidfeld Mitch Evans Andre Lotterer
7 Andrea Dovizioso Erik Jones Zach Veach Andre Lotterer Nelson Piquet Jr. Felix Rosenqvist
8 Dani Pedrosa Aric Almirola Alexander Rossi Maro Engel Nick Heidfeld Tom Dillmann
9 Johann Zarco Kyle Larson Josef Newgarden Sam Bird Andre Lotterer Sam Bird
10 Bradley Smith Joey Logano Marco Andretti Nico Prost Sam Bird Nico Prost

Marc Marquez was fastest in qualifying at the Sachsenring in Germany and after some close competition at the beginning of the race, he eventually, and some would say inevitably, rode away from the field for a comfortable victory. At the start of the race it was, as usual, a close affair among a group of riders including Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, with the latter taking the lead from the start into turn one. Lorenzo pushed hard to keep Marquez behind him, but on a circuit that punishes tires, he eventually faded as his tires went off, finishing in sixth. Rossi did a better job looking after his tires, and started stalking Marquez, which is when Marquez decided it was time to ride away. Meanwhile Jorge Lorenzo started to move up through the field towards Rossi, with the two Yamaha teammates eventually finishing second (Rossi) and third (Vinales).

Martin Truex Jr. was at the pointy end of the NASCAR race for most of the evening event at Kentucky Motor Speedway, and when the checkered flag came out it looked like he was almost a quarter of a track clear of Ryan Blaney, who was himself a long way ahead of Brad Keseloweski. Kyle Busch was fourth, right behind Keselowski.

There were a lot of wrecks in the Indycar race in Toronto, including many of the top championship contenders. But Scott Dixon stayed in the best place when there are wrecks – near the front of the field – spending most of the day in second place behind Joseph Newgarden. But even Newgarden hit trouble, when, on a restart, he lost control of his car and went into the wall. He didn’t do a lot of damage, so was able to keep going and finished ninth, but he gifted the lead to Dixon who went on to take victory ahead of Simon Pagenaud, with Robert Wickens taking the final podium spot. Ryan Hunter-Reay was one of the drivers who got caught in a pile up, and eventually finished a lap down in 16th place.

The New York race in Formula E was their season ending double race. The first race started in near disaster when second place qualifier Mitch Evans didn’t move when the race started. Everyone but Jerome d’Ambrosio and Jose Maria Lopez got around his stranded car, but the two aforementioned teammates collided with each other as they swerved around the stricken car. Lucas di Grassi was solidly in the top 10 at the start, but during the course of the race he slowly moved through the field, overtaking his teammate Daniel Abt for the lead just after the half-way point, and then cruising on for the win. Sebastien Buemi had the race lead for the early laps and finished on the podium in third. Jean-Eric Vergne was fifth, and that was enough for him to take the championship, despite one more race to go. Sam Bird was ninth. In the second race Jean-Eric Vergne delivered the manufacturers title for Techeetah Renault by winning the race. Lucas di Grassi took second place to cap off a great weekend for him, and with Abt in third place, a great weekend for Audi. Buemi again finished behind Abt, but with Vergne taking the win, he missed the podium this time, finishing fourth. Sam Bird finished 10th. Combining the two races, Vergne was first, di Grassi second, Abt third, Buemi fourth, and Bird was tenth.

Week-25 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi 40 40
Jorge Lorenzo 28 28
Kyle Busch 32
Scott Dixon 50 50
Robert Wickens 35
Josef Newgarden 22
Ryan Hunter-Reay 14
Formula e
Lucas di Grassi 50 50
Jean-Eric Vergne 40 40
Sebastien Buemi 32 32
Sam Bird 22 22
Totals: 361 366

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 16th win of the year, 7 in a row, and this week with the highest total points for a four-event weekend this season, with a great spread of picks across all four events. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 25:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7109 366 6743
2 2 iomracer 6953 -156 361 6592 -151
3 3 New Players 6280 -673 325 5955 -637



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July 9, 2018

2018 Week 25

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:56 am

Welcome to week 25 – four races this weekend. MotoGP goes to the Sachsenring in Germany; NASCAR is at the intermediate oval in Sparta, Kentucky; Indycar is at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada; and Formula E has a double race (we’ll use the same Motor Racing Game rules as we did for the Indycar double-header in Detroit) around Pier 11, Red Hook, in Brooklyn, New York. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 24:

F1 Silverstone, NASCAR Daytona, Indycar Iowa, USCC Mosport:

Results – Week 24
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar USCC
1 Sebastian Vettel Erik Jones James Hinchcliffe 54-CORE Autosport
2 Lewis Hamilton Martin Truex Jr. Spencer Pigot 10-Konica Minolta
3 Kimi Raikkonen AJ Allmendinger Takuma Sato 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
4 Valtteri Bottas Kasey Kahne Josef Newgarden 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
5 Daniel Ricciardo Chris Buescher Robert Wickens 7-Penske
6 Nico Hulkenberg Ty Dillon Will Power 77-Mazda Motorsports
7 Esteban Ocon Matt DiBenedetto Graham Rahal 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
8 Fernando Alonso Ryan Newman Simon Pagenaud 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
9 Kevin Magnussen Austin Dillon Alexander Rossi 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
10 Sergio Perez Alex Bowman Ed Carpenter 67-Ganassi Racing

The F1 British Grand Prix did not go the way the British hoped with their star Lewis Hamilton. He had pole on the grid but got beaten into turn one by Sebastian Vettel and his teammate Valtteri Bottas. And it seemed like Kimi Raikkonen also thought he could beat him into turn one, but instead locked his wheels and drove into the side of Hamilton. When Hamilton recovered he was last, while his championship rival Vettel was out in front. Just after the half way mark, Marcus Ericsson crashed bringing out the safety car. The Ferraris pitted but the Mercedes didn’t, putting Bottas into the lead. Shortly after the race resumed another safety car came out when Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz got together. Then when the race resumed again, there were only 10 laps to go. Vettel got back around Bottas for the lead and ultimately the win. Meanwhile Hamilton had masterfully worked his way up through the field and managed to grab second place when the checkered flag came out, beating Raikkonen who had also passed Bottas. Max Verstappen kept close to the front for most the race, but with just 5 laps to go he was forced to retire from fifth place after spinning and the team reporting that a bad gearbox was to blame – he was classified at the end in 15th place.

At the NASCAR race in Daytona there were two “big ones”. It left only 13 cars on the lead lap when the checkered flag finally came out. But the carnage opened the door for a newer driver to take the victory, and Erik Jones took full advantage, passing Martin Truex Jr. on the last lap to take his first win in the NASCAR Cup Series.

A few weeks ago, James Hinchcliffe was hitting a low point in his career when he failed to qualify for the Indy 500. But he turned it all around this weekend by winning the Iowa Corn 300 on the oval in Newton. He passed long-time race leader Josef Newgarden with 44 laps to go, out of the 300 they raced at the short oval. Spencer Pigot and Takuma Sato also passed Newgarden before the end, to take second and third respectively. Further down the field, Alexander Rossi finished 9th after stalling in the pits and needed a push start to get going again. Scott Dixon has a worse weekend finishing 12th, although he still retains the championship lead. And Ryan Hunter-Reay had mechanical problems late in the race, putting him out with 17 laps to go, and a 19th place finish.

USCC was at Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) in Canada, and it was again an LMP2 car that took victory, this time the #54 CORE Autosport Oreca car. They took the lead with eight laps to go, passing long-time race leader, and eventual runner-up, the #10 Konica Minolta DPi Cadillac. The other two Cadillacs were close behind in third and fourth place – the #31 and #5 respectively – and then the # 7 Penske Acura taking fifth place, with less than 7 seconds covering the top five after 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing.

Week-24 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Max Verstappen 15
Alexander Rossi 22
Scott Dixon 18 18
Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
10-Konica Minolta 40 40
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 35 35
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 32 32
7-Penske 30
Totals: 315 327

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fifteenth win of the year and six in a row. Iomracer’s Indycar picks were a gamble that didn’t pay off compared with Sebastian’s more solid picks in F1 and USCC. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 24:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6743 327 6416
2 2 iomracer 6592 -151 315 6277 -139
3 3 New Players 5955 -637 284 5671 -606


July 2, 2018

2018 Week 24

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Welcome to week 24 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Silverstone in England; NASCAR is at Daytona in Florida; Indycar is at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa; and the USCC is at Mosport in Canada. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 23:

F1 Austria, Moto GP Holland, NASCAR Chicagoland, USCC Watkins Glen:

Results – Week 23
1 Max Verstappen Marc Marquez Kyle Busch 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
2 Kimi Raikkonen Alex Rins Kyle Larson 54-CORE Autosport
3 Sebastian Vettel Maverick Vinales Kevin Harvick 6-Penske
4 Romain Grosjean Andrea Dovizioso Martin Truex Jr. 32-United Autosports
5 Kevin Magnussen Valentino Rossi Clint Bowyer 10-Konica Minolta
6 Esteban Ocon Cal Crutchlow Erik Jones 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
7 Sergio Perez Jorge Lorenzo Denny Hamlin 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
8 Fernando Alonso Johann Zarco Joey Logano 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
9 Charles Leclerc Alvaro Bautista Brad Keselowski 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
10 Marcus Ericsson Jack Miller Alex Bowman 55-Mazda Motorsports

It was a disaster for Mercedes in the F1 race in Austria. It looked a little shaky right at the start when Valtteri Bottas dropped from his pole-position start to third going into turn one. While he was passed by Kimi Raikkonen who took second, at least it was Lewis Hamilton who got the lead, and Bottas eventually got back to second. But then things started to unravel for Mercedes. First Bottas retired on lap 14 with a loss of hydraulic pressure (finished classified in 19th), and when the virtual safety car came out because of Bottas’ stranded car, everyone except Mercedes went to the pits. That meant that when Hamilton did go to the pits, he came out in fourth place. But it got worse, when, with eight laps to go Hamilton also retired with loss of fuel pressure (classified 16th). Meanwhile, up front, Max Verstappen looked aggressive and confident, and when he got the lead after Mercedes’ troubles, he carefully managed his tires with the advantage he had out front, to take the race win for Red Bull (at their track). A small error from Raikkonen initially allowed Verstappen past, but from there Raikkonen held his position to take second place for Ferrari. Hamilton’s championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, could not do much after starting sixth following a qualifying penalty, but the retirement of both Mercedes put him on the final step of the podium. Daniel Dicciardo was another to have mechanical problems, losing power after 53 laps and ending his race. He was classified 18th at the finish.

The MotoGP at Assen in the Netherlands was another epic race. This time it was Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, and Andrea Dovizioso who fought hard for the top spot from the start. After many close calls as the riders almost came together fighting for the lead it was Marc Marquez who started to pull away, eventually taking the win by 2.3s. Toward the end of the race Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales joined the action, and after more close calls between the riders, it was Rins that took second place with Vinales in third. One of those close calls was a pass-repass between Dovizioso and Rossi while battling for second place, with Rossi coming off the worse after being forced wide in the chicane. It dropped him to sixth, and with so little of the race remaining, fifth place was where he finished. Dovizioso also did not benefit from the altercation and dropped to finish fourth. Jorge Lorenzo couldn’t hang on with the leading group toward the end of the race and finished seventh.

In the NASCAR race at Chicagoland Speedway, it came down to Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson on the last lap. Larson got inside Busch who got loose giving Larson the lead. Then Busch did a bump-and-run on Larson, moving him out of the way and allowing Busch to take the win, with Larson holding on to second. Both cars were beaten up and had slowed due to their tussles, so it was a close finish for them at the line ahead of third place finisher, Kevin Harvick.

The USCC race at Watkins Glen was six hours of close racing among all the classes of race cars. Up front it wasn’t just the USCC P/DPi cars, but the LMP2 cars mixed it up for the lead too. And by the checkered flag, it was in fact the #99 JDC-Miller Motorsports that took the overall win for the LMP2s. Second place went to the line, with #54 CORE Autosport getting its nose ahead of the Juan Pablo Montoya piloted #6 Acura Team Penske P/DPi car, and then another LMP2 behind him – the #32 United Autosports car. Fifth through seventh were the three Cadillacs: #10, #5, and #31 respectively. Ten cars finished on the lead lap, and two more P/DPi cars a couple of laps down, including the #7 Acura Team Penske car that finished 12th.

Week-23 Player’s Scores iom seb
Kimi Raikkonen   40
Sebastian Vettel 35 35
Lewis Hamilton 14 14
Daniel Ricciardo   12
Valtteri Bottas 11 11
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi 30 30
Jorge Lorenzo 26  
10-Konica Minolta 30 30
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 28 28
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 26 26
7-Penske 18  
Totals: 268 276

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 14th win of the year and 5 in-a-row. Sebastian’s pick of Kimi Raikkonen in F1 was the most significant difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 23:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6416   276 6140  
2 2 iomracer 6277 -139 268 6009 -131
3 3 New Players 5671 -606 241 5430 -579


June 27, 2018

2018 Week 23

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Welcome to week 23 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Spielberg in Austria; Moto GP is at the Assen circuit in Holland; NASCAR is on the intermediate oval of Chicagoland in Illinois; and the USCC is at Watkins Glen in New York. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 22:

F1 France, NASCAR Sonoma, Indycar Road America:

Results – Week 22
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Martin Truex Jr. Josef Newgarden
2 Max Verstappen Kevin Harvick Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 Kimi Raikkonen Clint Bowyer Scott Dixon
4 Daniel Ricciardo Chase Elliott Takuma Sato
5 Sebastian Vettel Kyle Busch Robert Wickens
6 Kevin Magnussen Kurt Busch Graham Rahal
7 Valtteri Bottas Erik Jones Simon Pagenaud
8 Carlos Sainz Aric Almirola Spencer Pigot
9 Nico Hulkenberg Alex Bowman Ed Jones
10 Charles Leclerc Denny Hamlin James Hinchcliffe

A great race for Lewis Hamilton at the French round of the F1 championship at circuit Paul Ricard, as he went from pole to race victory, never really threatened by anyone else. His championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, crashed at the start when he over-braked and ran into Valtteri Bottas. That incident sent Vettel to the pits for a new nose and tires, and the best he could do to overcome the deficit was to climb back to a fifth-place finish. Bottas also had to go to the pits for tires, and the best he could do was a seventh-place finish. Up front it looked like Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo would take the other two podium positions, but Ricciardo hit some debris late in the race which caused some damaged to his car and allowed Kimi Raikkonen by to take third. Nico Hulkenberg had some contact with Raikkonen early on, but although it didn’t appear to produce any damage, ninth was the best he could do by the end. Fernando Alonso had a miserable race, spinning early on which put him at the back of the race, then complaining toward the end of the race of having, “no brakes, no tires … out of the points”; he finished 16th.

Martin Truex Jr. took the NASCAR win at the road circuit in Sonoma, California. His crew chief’s pit bluff is credited with forcing leader Kevin Harvick into the pits early. But Truex stayed out, and after he did come in for fresh tires he was able to take advantage of the fresher rubber toward the end of the race when others needed to come in as their tires started to suffer. Harvick finished second, and Clint Bowyer took the final podium position.

In the Indycar race at Road America, Josef Newgarden lead 53 laps of the 55-lap race to take a comfortable victory over Ryan Hunter-Reay. Scott Dixon took third ahead of Takuma Sato and Robert Wickens. Will Power had engine issues right from the start, and after 12 laps had to call it quits, finishing 23rd and last.

Week-22 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Max Verstappen 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Daniel Ricciardo 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 30 30
Valtteri Bottas 26 26
Nico Hulkenberg 22
Fernando Alonso 14
Clint Bowyer 35
Josef Newgarden 50
Scott Dixon 35 35
Robert Wickens 30
Will Power 7
Totals: 307 347

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 13th win of the year, and four in a row. His 347 point haul is the most this year for a three-event weekend, and beats iomracer primarily on the strength of the Josef Newgarden pick in Indycar and Clint Bowyer pick in NASCAR. No changes in positions in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 22:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6140 347 5793
2 2 iomracer 6009 -131 307 5702 -91
3 3 New Players 5430 -579 276 5154 -548


2018 Week 22

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Welcome to week 22 – three races this weekend: F1 is in France at Circuit Paul Ricard; NASCAR has a road race at Sonoma (formerly Sears Point) in California; and Indycar is at the road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – Road America. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 21:

MotoGP Spain, WEC Le Mans:

Results – Week 21
Pos MotoGP WEC
1 Jorge Lorenzo 8-Toyota Racing
2 Marc Marquez 7-Toyota Racing
3 Valentino Rossi 3-Rebellion
4 Cal Crutchlow 1-Rebellion
5 Dani Pedrosa 36-Signatech Alpine
6 Maverick Vinales 39-Graff-SO24
7 Johann Zarco 32-United Autosports
8 Danilo Petrucci 37-Jackie Chan DC
9 Alvaro Bautista 31-DragonSpeed
10 Andrea Iannone 38-Jackie Chan DC

In MotoGP at Catalunya in Spain, Jorge Lorenzo rode from pole position on the grid to victory. But he faced pressure throughout the race from Marc Marquez, who did grab the lead for a short period during the event. The two of them pulled clear of Valentino Rossi, who himself was able to put some distance over a tight group of three riders: Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa, and Maverick Vinales, who finished in that order. Then there was a gap to Johann Zarco in 7th, and another gap to Danilo Petrucci in 8th. Andrea Iannone looked strong early on, even being in the lead for a brief time, but faded to a 10th place finish. Disaster for Andrea Dovizioso who crashed after 10 laps (of 24), leaving him classified in 21st.

At the famous Le Mans 24-hour race, the #8 Toyota driven by Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso took victory by 2 laps over their teammates, the #7 Toyota. The win gives Alonso career victories at Monte Carlo (in F1) and now at the Le Mans 24-hour race. Having raced at the Indianapolis 500 last year, it seems likely he’ll now pursue the Triple Crown of Motorsport by trying in future years for the Indy win. If he could accomplish that, he and Graham Hill would be the only drivers to have won all three “classics”. The #3 Rebellion took third place, but 12 laps behind the winning Toyota, with the #1 Rebellion a further lap behind in fourth place. These were the only four LMP cars to avoid serious issues during the race, with the next best LMP finishing 105 laps down in 41st place. The #4 Team Bykolles ENSO LMP car was among those whose race finished early, classified at the end in 58th place. So, it was the LMP2 cars that took the 5th to 14th place finishing positions, being led by the #36 Signatech Alpine Renault.

Week-21 Player’s Scores iom seb
Jorge Lorenzo   50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Valentino Rossi 35 35
Maverick Vinales 28 28
Johann Zarco 26 26
Danilo Petrucci   24
Andrea Iannone 20  
Andrea Dovizioso   9
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
7-Toyota Racing 40 40
3-Rebellion 35  
1-Rebellion 32 32
4-Team Bykolles 0  
Totals: 306 334

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twelth win of the year. Sebastian’s Jorge Lorenzo MotoGP pick over iomracer’s #4 Team Bykolles pick in WEC was the biggest difference. No changes in positions in the year-long standings …

Standings after week 21:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 5793   334 5459  
2 2 iomracer 5702 -91 306 5396 -63
3 3 New Players 5154 -548 275 4879 -517


June 26, 2018

2018 Week 21

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Welcome to week 21 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is in Catalunya in Spain, and WEC has the 24 hours of Le Mans in France. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 20:

F1 Montreal, WRC Italy, NASCAR Michigan, Indycar Texas, Formula E Switzerland:

Results – Week 20
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar Formula e
1 Sebastian Vettel Thierry Neuville Clint Bowyer Scott Dixon Lucas di Grassi
2 Valtteri Bottas Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick Simon Pagenaud Sam Bird
3 Max Verstappen Esapekka Lappi Kurt Busch Alexander Rossi Jerome d’Ambrosio
4 Daniel Ricciardo Hayden Paddon Kyle Busch James Hinchcliffe Andre Lotterer
5 Lewis Hamilton Mads Ostberg Paul Menard Ryan Hunter-Reay Sebastien Buemi
6 Kimi Raikkonen Craig Breen Brad Keselowski Graham Rahal Nick Heidfeld
7 Nico Hulkenberg Jari-Matti Latvala Joey Logano Takuma Sato Mitch Evans
8 Carlos Sainz Ott Tanak Ryan Blaney Sebastien Bourdais Antonio Felix da Costa
9 Esteban Ocon Jan Kopecky Chase Elliott Ed Jones Oliver Turvey
10 Charles Leclerc Teemu Suninen Jamie McMurray Charlie Kimball Jean-Eric Vergne

F1 was in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Sebastian Vettel took the win from pole position, beating Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton struggled with a car that seemed to have moments of low power. By the time Mercedes figured it out, it was too late for Hamilton to do anything but accept a fifth-place finish behind Daniel Ricciardo, but ahead of sixth place Kimi Raikkonen.

WRC was on the island of Sardegna for rally Italy. Being a gravel rally, it was expected to be an uphill challenge for Thierry Neuville, who as championship leader had to sweep the roads for those behind. Sebastian Ogier didn’t have it much better starting second. But the rains poured down before the rally started, which made things much easier for both. And with others encountering issues, it became a two-driver race between them. By the final stage on Sunday, Ogier had a 0.8s lead on Neuville. But it was Neuville with the big push on the Power Stage, and won the rally by 0.7s, the third closest finish in the history of the WRC. Esapekka Lappi was the best of the rest finishing third, but almost two minutes down on Ogier. Ott Tanak suffered radiator damage from a heavy landing on Saturday’s last stage and retired. He returned under Rally 2 rules, but with the penalty could only reach 8th by the end.

NASCAR was on the superspeedway in Michigan in a race that was plagued with rain. Rain delayed the start by more than 2½ hours, and then cut the race short after 133 laps. But that was enough to make the result official, with Clint Bowyer taking the win over Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch.

Indycar was at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and the race was dominated by Scott Dixon who took the victory over Simon Pagenaud by more than four seconds. Alexander Rossi was close behind Pagenaud to take third. A controversial moment in the race was early on when Matheus Leist crashed and his car caught fire. He got out quickly, but it took more than 30 seconds before a fire truck arrived. The track blamed Indycar, and Indycar said that had to hold the safety crew until the track conditions were safe for them. It’s a tough decision, and I personally hope that it’ll lead to more fire crews around the track who can reach a stricken car more quickly.

Formula E was racing around the streets of Zurich in Switzerland, the first time in 68 years that Switzerland has allowed racing, after they banned it following the disaster in the 1958 Le Mans race in which 83 spectators were killed when Pierre Bouillin crashed (he also lost his life). Obviously safer these days than in the ‘50’s there was nevertheless an early crash in the race when Nelson Piquet Jr. and Daniel Abt got together. No such problems for Lucas di Grassi who moved himself from a sixth place start through the field to take the lead just after half way, and went on to take the win by 7.5s ahead of Sam Bird. Jean-Eric Vergne started well down the field in 17th, he climbed as high as 7th before a slow pit stop dropped him back down the order. Another battle forward was again thwarted when he was penalized for speeding under a full course yellow, so 10th was his final finishing position.

Week-20 Player’s Scores iom Seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Max Verstappen 35
Lewis Hamilton 30 30
Kimi Raikkonen 28
Thierry Neuville 50 50
Sebastien Ogier 40 40
Ott Tanak 24
Scott Dixon 50
Alexander Rossi 35
Formula e
Lucas di Grassi 50
Sam Bird 40 40
Jean-Eric Vergne 20 20
Totals: 379 383

Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his eleventh win of the year. The difference was Sebastian’s Kimi Raikkonen pick in F1 over iomracer’s Ott Tanak pick in WRC. No changes in positions in the standings…

Standings after week 20:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 5459 433 5026
2 2 iomracer 5396 -63 429 4967 -59
3 3 New Players 4879 -517 386 4493 -474


June 4, 2018

2018 Week 20

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Welcome to week 20 – five races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal in Canada; WRC has a gravel event on the island of Sardinia in Italy, absent Kris Meeke who was fired by Citroen for crashing too often; NASCAR is on the superspeedway in Michigan; Indycar is on the oval of Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas; and Formula E takes to the streets of Zurich in Switzerland.  Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 19:

MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Michigan, USCC Michigan:

Results – Week 19
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar Race 1 Indycar Race 2 Indycar Combined USCC
1 Jorge Lorenzo Martin Truex Jr. Scott Dixon Ryan Hunter-Reay Ryan Hunter-Reay 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
2 Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Larson Ryan Hunter-Reay Will Power Scott Dixon 7-Penske
3 Valentino Rossi Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi Ed Jones Will Power 6-Penske
4 Andrea Iannone Kevin Harvick Marco Andretti Scott Dixon Ed Jones 2-Tequila-Patron ESM
5 Alex Rins Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato Graham Rahal Marco Andretti 10-Konica Minolta
6 Cal Crutchlow Ryan Blaney Ed Jones Robert Wickens Alexander Rossi 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
7 Danilo Petrucci Aric Almirola Will Power Tony Kanaan Robert Wickens 22-Tequila Patron ESM
8 Maverick Vinales Jimmie Johnson Robert Wickens Charlie Kimball Takuma Sato 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
9 Alvaro Bautista Joey Logano Josef Newgarden Marco Andretti Tony Kanaan 77-Mazda Motorsports
10 Johann Zarco Chase Elliott Spencer Pigot Simon Pagenaud Josef Newgarden 85-JDC-Miller Motosports

There was great excitement in Italy when home-country star Valentino Rossi took pole position in the MotoGP qualifying at Mugello. But it was Jorge Lorenzo who got the jump at the start to lead, and a few laps later Marc Marquez got around Rossi for second. Marquez started putting pressure on Lorenzo, but it didn’t last long. On lap 5 Marquez lost the front of his bike and crashed. He re-boarded but had lost so must time, 16th was the best he could do by the finish. Meanwhile, upfront, Lorenzo started to pull away. His Ducati teammate of Andrea Dovizioso got around Rossi, and also pulled away. For the rest of the race Rossi had a battle for third with Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci, and Alex Rins. A mistake from Iannone at the end let Rossi clear, and for a brief time it looked like Rossi might catch Dovizioso. But there weren’t enough laps left, so Dovizioso finished second ahead of Rossi, then Iannone, Petrucci, and Rins. Neither Maverick Vinales nor Johann Zarco had good races, finishing eighth and tenth respectively.

At the NASCAR race on the superspeedway in Pocono, Pennsylvania, Martin Truex Jr. took a gamble when the last caution of the race came out for debris with 20 laps to go, by staying out and not taking fresh tires. But it payed off when he managed to drive away at the restart with seven laps to go, and take the win ahead of Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch.

Indycar had a double-header on Belle Isle in Michigan. In the first race Scott Dixon got his first win of the year by an almost 2s margin over Ryan Hunter-Reay, with Alexander Rossi finishing 2+s further behind. Joseph Newgarden finished ninth. In the second race it was Ryan Hunter-Reay who got the better of the rest of the field, winning ahead of Will Power and Ed Jones. Scott Dixon took fourth. Alexander Rossi could not do as well as in race 1, and finished 12th, while Josef Newgarden was also out of the top 10, with a 15th place finish. That meant Ryan Hunter-Reay won the combined race per the Motor Racing Game rules, with Scott Dixon in second and Will Power third. Alexander Rossi combined for 6th, and Josef Newgarden 10th.

It was a close race with the USCC cars supporting Indycar at Belle Isle in Michigan, with the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac taking the win by just 1s over the #7 Acura. The #6 Acura wasn’t far behind and gave the manufacturer two spots on the podium by finishing third. The #2 Tequila Patron Nissan was fourth, so three of the four DPi manufacturers finished strong. The exception was Mazda, with the #77 only being able to get to 9th at the finish line. The other two Cadillac’s, the #10 Konica Minolta and the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing, finished 5th and 6th respectively.

Week-19 Player’s Scores iom seb
Valentino Rossi 35 35
Maverick Vinales 24
Johann Zarco 20 20
Marc Marquez 14 14
Scott Dixon 40 40
Alexander Rossi 28
Josef Newgarden 20 20
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 50 50
7-Penske 40
10-Konica Minolta 30 30
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 28 28
77-Mazda Motorsports 22
Totals: 287 301

Congratulations to Sebastian and his tenth win of the year. Sebastian’s pick of the #7 Penske in USCC versus iomracer’s #77 Mazda pick was the biggest difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings…

Standings after week 19:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 5026 301 4725
2 2 iomracer 4967 -59 287 4680 -45
3 3 New Players 4493 -474 258 4235 -445


June 3, 2018

2018 Detroit Double-Header Result

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 11:00 pm

May 28, 2018

2018 Week 19

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:56 pm

Welcome to week 19 – four races this weekend. MotoGP is at Mugello in Italy; NASCAR is on the Super Speedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar has their only double-header of the season on Belle Island in Michigan; and USCC supports Indycar on Belle Island. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 18:

F1 Monte Carlo, Indycar Indianapolis (500), NASCAR Charlotte (Coca-Cola 600):

Results – Week 18
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Daniel Ricciardo Kyle Busch Will Power
2 Sebastian Vettel Martin Truex Jr. Ed Carpenter
3 Lewis Hamilton Denny Hamlin Scott Dixon
4 Kimi Raikkonen Brad Keselowski Alexander Rossi
5 Valtteri Bottas Jimmie Johnson Ryan Hunter-Reay
6 Esteban Ocon Jamie McMurray Simon Pagenaud
7 Pierre Gasly Kyle Larson Carlos Munoz
8 Nico Hulkenberg Kurt Busch Josef Newgarden
9 Max Verstappen Alex Bowman Robert Wickens
10 Carlos Sainz Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Graham Rahal

Everyone pretty much agreed – including some drivers – that the F1 race in Monte Carlo was a bore. Once off the grid and sorted through turn one, there was almost no changes in position for anyone. As one fan said on Twitter, “they go around in circles for 90 minutes, during which nothing happens … never tell me cricket is boring.” One exception to the no-passing parade was Max Verstappen, who started at the back of the grid due to a pre-qualifying crash, and managed to make his way up to a 9th place finish. At the front through, it was Daniel Ricciardo who started on pole and led the entire race. Half way through the race Ricciardo’s Red Bull car went down on power, and he only had six gears available for the remaining half. But emphasizing how overtaking is not a thing in Monte Carlo, Ricciardo still held off Sebastian Vettel for the win. Lewis Hamilton started third and finished third. Kimi Raikkonen started fourth and finished fourth. Valtteri Bottas started fifth, and not surprisingly, finished fifth. Fernando Alonso had an engine failure about two-thirds into the race and finished 20th and last.

The Indianapolis 500 was a good race, especially for Will Power. Power has been in Indycar for 10 years, during which time he’s won the championship (2014), won 28 races, and qualified on pole 41 times. But the Indy 500 was missing from his resume. So, when he took the checkered flag to win the 500 on Sunday, many people said it was a just and fitting trophy for his career. He did need a little help in the form of great gas-mileage from his Penske car, something Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey both ran short of with just a handful of laps to go, forcing them into the pits and giving Power the win. But that’s why everyone races hard – you have to be at the front to take advantage of these things, so it was a deserved victory for Power. The demise of Wilson and Harvey also put Ed Carpenter and Scott Dixon on the podium, in second and third place respectively. Alexander Rossi almost had a fairytale race, starting at the back of the grid, but making his way to the pointy-end of the field to finish in fourth. Simon Pagenaud had a decent race, starting seventh and racing in the top 10 for most of the event, he finished sixth. Joseph Newgarden was on the grid one place ahead of Pagenaud, but finished in eighth – still a good race. Helio Castroneves also started on the grid in the top 10, and ran much of the race in the top ten, until he became one of the seven victims of crashes for the day, finishing classified in 27th.

Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 race in Charlotte. He led 377 of 400 laps to take an easy win over Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin. All-Star race winner Kevin Harvick had a disastrous race, crashing out after just 82 laps, leaving him classified 40th and last.

Week-18 Player’s Scores iom seb
Daniel Ricciardo 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Lewis Hamilton 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Max Verstappen 22
Fernando Alonso 10
Kevin Harvick 1
Scott Dixon 35 35
Alexander Rossi 32
Simon Pagenaud 28
Josef Newgarden 24 24
Helio Castroneves 3
Totals: 307 281

Congratulations to iomracer and his eighth win of the year. While unfortunate with his Kevin Harvick pick, iomracer’s good Indycar picks made up for the shortfall, made easier with the unfortunate engine failure of Alonso and the crash of Castroneves, two of Sebastian’s picks who were both running well in their respective races before dropping out. No changes in positions in the season long standings…

Standings after week 18:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4725 281 4444
2 2 iomracer 4680 -45 307 4373 -71
3 3 New Players 4235 -445 253 3982 -391


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