The Motor Racing Game

September 18, 2017

2017 Week 36

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Welcome to week 36 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is at Aragon in Spain; NASCAR has their second race of the “Challenger” round of the Chase for the Cup in Loudon, New Hampshire, another intermediate oval like Chicago; and USCC is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 35:

F1 Singapore, NASCAR Chicagoland, Indycar Sonoma, WEC Circuit of the Americas:

Results – Week 35
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar WEC
1 Lewis Hamilton Martin Truex Jr. Simon Pagenaud 2-Porsche Team
2 Daniel Ricciardo Chase Elliott Josef Newgarden 1-Porsche Team
3 Valtteri Bottas Kevin Harvick Will Power 8-Toyota Racing
4 Carlos Sainz Denny Hamlin Scott Dixon 7-Toyota Racing
5 Sergio Perez Kyle Larson Helio Castroneves 36-Signatech Alpine
6 Jolyon Palmer Brad Keselowski Graham Rahal 13-Rebellion
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Joey Logano Marco Andretti 31-Rebellion
8 Lance Stroll Jimmie Johnson Ryan Hunter-Reay 38-Jackie Chan DC
9 Romain Grosjean Matt Kenseth Sebastian Saavedra 37-Jackie Chan DC
10 Esteban Ocon Jamie McMurray Connor Daly 24-Manor TRS

The F1 race in Malaysia started in wet conditions that produced chaos at the first corner. Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen both got a great start. Verstappen’s was the best as he got alongside Raikkonen, but Vettel had swung across the track to try and either block or at least slow Raikkonen who was pulling level with Vettel. That move squeezed Raikkonen into Verstappen and the two collided, with Verstappen then hitting Vettel. At first Vettel seemed to get away with it, but clearly there was significant damage, because later in the lap, under the safety car caution, Vettel’s car suddenly turned around and he hit the wall and out of the race. Out of the carnage Lewis Hamilton had the lead, and he managed it throughout the race, despite two more safety car cautions that bunched the field, and he took the win over Daniel Ricciardo. Valtteri Bottas had a solid race and claimed the final podium spot, finishing 4s behind Ricciardo and with a huge gap to Carlos Sainz in fourth.

The first race of the NASCAR “playoffs” at Chicagoland Raceway was won by Martin Truex Jr. Ten of the top eleven positions were taken by Chase contenders (Joey Logano was 7th). Three of the Chase contenders put themselves in a hole by finishing outside the top 20: Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. now have the most pressure on them to finish well in the next race at New Hampshire.

The Indycar race at Sonoma (Sears Point) was the finale for the series with Josef Newgarden going in only 4 points ahead of Scott Dixon. There were five drivers who could take the championship, and those five headed the top five positions at the end of qualifying, and then ran in the top five positions for most of the race. The race was deservedly won by Simon Pagenaud, but with Josef Newgarden finishing comfortably in second, he took the championship. Scott Dixon was third, Will Power fourth, and Helio Castroneves fifth.

At the WEC race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the two Porsches dominated the six-hour race trading the lead a number of times. And ultimately the #2 Porsche crossed the line less than 0.3s ahead of the #1 Porsche. The two Toyotas at least kept up with the Porches for the entire race, even if it didn’t look like they could take the victory, and finished third and fourth, with the #8 Toyota ahead of the #7 Toyota.

Week-35 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Sebastian Vettel 12 12
Kimi Raikkonen 10
NASCAR
Indycar
Simon Pagenaud 50 50
Josef Newgarden 40
Scott Dixon 32 32
WEC
2-Porsche Team 50 50
1-Porsche Team 40 40
8-Toyota Racing 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 32 32
Totals: 346 376

Congratulations to Sebastian with the biggest weekly score of the year so far, and his twenty-fourth win of the year. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 35:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9529 376 9153
2 2 iomracer 9092 -437 346 8746 -407
3 3 New Players 8114 -978 311 7803 -943

 

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September 12, 2017

2017 Week 35

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:53 pm

Welcome to week 35 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; NASCAR starts their “Chase” for the cup at Chicago Land’s intermediate oval; Indycar is in Sonoma, California (Sears Point) for their Championship double-points finale; and WEC is at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 34:

Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Richmond:

Results – Week 34
Pos MotoGP NASCAR
1 Marc Marquez Kyle Larson
2 Danilo Petrucci Joey Logano
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ryan Newman
4 Maverick Vinales Kurt Busch
5 Michele Pirro Denny Hamlin
6 Jack Miller Erik Jones
7 Scott Redding David Suarez
8 Alex Rins Jimmie Johnson
9 Jonas Folger Kyle Busch
10 Bradley Smith Chase Elliott

It was a rain race at the Moto GP in Italy. Towards the end of the race the rain abated and some of the riders had bikes with slick tires ready in the pits, but the track never improved enough to bring anyone in, so the riders finished on their wet weather tires. The conditions meant that a lot of riders went down. Jorge Lorenzo was first down when he high-sided on lap 7 – at the time he’d built a significant lead, so his crash was a bit of a surprise. Then Cal Crutchlow went down, but he got back on his bike to finish 13th. Loris Baz, Hector Barbera, Aleix Espargaro, and Sam Lowes, all crashed. The excitement culminated in the last lap when Marc Marquez made a turn-1 pass on Dani Pedrosa, and stayed ahead to finish the lap as the winner. Andrea Dovizioso mixed it with these two early on, but eventually dropped back, although he held on ahead of Maverick Vinales to take the final podium spot. The other final lap drama was when Johann Zarco ran out of gas and came to a stop in the last corner. He was seventh at the time. But he didn’t give up, instead, with bikes flying by him, he pushed his bike down the straight, and across the line, to finish in the points in 15th place.

NASCAR had their final “regular” race of the year at Richmond, and there were no surprise winners, so the 16 contenders for the Chase stayed the same. Joey Logano was the closest to changing up the Chase picture by finishing second (he needed to win), but truthfully, he never looked like he’d challenge for the win, and more or less “inherited” second after a messy final overtime run. In the restart of overtime Kyle Larson had the prime position after a great pitstop. He was ahead of Martin Truex Jr. who had dominated much of the race. Then Denny Hamlin clipped Truex in the penultimate lap and a crash ensued. But Larson had gone far enough in the overtime to be given the win. Hamlin managed to carry on to finish 5th. Behind Larson and Logano, Ryan Newman got the final podium position. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was another driver who needed a win but also didn’t threaten for the lead, and finished 13th. Kyle Busch finished 9th. Kevin Harvick finished 15th. So the 16 drivers who made it into the chase are (in ranking order): Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth, and Jamie McMurray.

Week-34 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 50 50
Andrea Dovizioso 35 35
Maverick Vinales 32 32
Cal Crutchlow 17
Dani Pedrosa 16 16
Johann Zarco 15 15
Jorge Lorenzo 7 7
NASCAR
Joey Logano 40
Ryan Newman 35
Denny Hamlin 30
Kyle Busch 22 22
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 17
Kevin Harvick 15
Totals: 246 262

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 23rd win of the year. Good NASCAR picks again made the difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 34:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9153 262 8891
2 2 iomracer 8746 -407 246 8500 -391
3 3 New Players 7803 -943 221 7582 -918

 

September 4, 2017

2017 Week 34

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:52 pm

Welcome to week 34 – two races this weekend: Moto GP is at Misano in Italy and NASCAR has their final race before the “Chase” at the short track of Richmond in Virginia. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 33:

F1 Italy, NASCAR Darlington, Indycar Watkins Glen, WEC Mexico:

Results – Week 33
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar WEC
1 Lewis Hamilton Denny Hamlin Alexander Rossi 2-Porsche Team
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Busch Scott Dixon 1-Porsche Team
3 Sebastian Vettel Kurt Busch Ryan Hunter-Reay 8-Toyota Racing
4 Daniel Ricciardo Austin Dillon Helio Castroneves 7-Toyota Racing
5 Kimi Raikkonen Erik Jones Graham Rahal 31-Rebellion
6 Esteban Ocon Matt Kenseth Will Power 36-Signatech Alpine
7 Lance Stroll Ryan Newman Charlie Kimball 24-Manor TRS
8 Felipe Massa Martin Truex Jr. Max Chilton 26-G-Drive Racing
9 Sergio Perez Kevin Harvick Simon Pagenaud 13-Rebellion
10 Max Verstappen Jamie McMurray Carlos Munoz 37-Jackie Chan DC

Mercedes dominated the F1 race in Italy with Lewis Hamilton taking an easy win, and taking over at the top of the championship. His teammate had to work a little bit at the beginning to get second place – he did not have the best start and found himself in fifth place. But like Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas seemed to realize he had a quick car for the circuit, and did not panic. Instead he slowly picked off Kimi Raikkonen, Lance Stroll, and Esteban Ocan to take second, from where he drove away from the field to finish only behind Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel needed to be the best of the rest to keep the championship close, so a third-place finish for him was good considering the dominance of the Mercedes. In fourth was Daniel Ricciardo with easily the best drive of the race. He started in 16th place and wound his way through the field to miss out on the podium by just 4s. His last pass of the race was around Kimi Raikkonen, demoting the Ferrari driver to fifth, much to the chagrin of the many Ferrari fans at the track.

Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR race at Darlington. He’s a repeat winner, so no new drivers claimed a spot in the upcoming Chase. For fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. he’s in the position of having to win next week at Darlington or miss out on the Chase in his final season in NASCAR.  Baring a win from Earnhardt or a lesser known driver, the 16 who will compete in the Chase seem locked in. Daniel Suarez is in the 17th position in the Championship, but is a massive 66 points behind. With only 40 points going to the race winner (excluding bonus points that drivers can pick up), Suarez basically also needs a win to get into the Chase.

Alexander Rossi dominated the Indycar race at Watkins Glen by taking pole, leading the most laps, and taking the win, albeit by less than a second over Scott Dixon. Championship leader Josef Newgarden had a bit of a disastrous race – he was leading when he came in for a routine pit stop, but upon exiting his teammate Will Power got ahead of him, but barely, and the closeness caused Newgarden to lock his wheels and crash into the pit wall. Sebastien Bourdais was just behind and had nowhere to go, so crashed into the back of Newgarden. Newgarden did manage to continue, but 18th place was his final finishing position. With that result, there are only three points in the Championship between him and Dixon, with only one race remaining. Simon Pagenaud finished ninth.

The Porsches easily won the WEC race at the Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico, with the #2 Porsche finishing 7s ahead of the #1 Porsche, both of whom where a lap ahead of the two Toyotas. The #8 Toyota took the final podium spot over the #7. After the Toyotas there was a massive gap of 20 laps to the next finisher and top LMP2 car – the #31 Rebellion.

Week-33 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Sebastian Vettel 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 30 30
NASCAR
Indycar
Scott Dixon 40
Simon Pagenaud 22
Josef Newgarden 12 12
WEC
2-Porsche Team 50 50
1-Porsche Team 40 40
8-Toyota Racing 35 35
7-Toyota Racing 32 32
Totals: 346 364

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 22nd win of the year. Better picks in Indycar made the difference. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 33:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8891 364 8527
2 2 iomracer 8500 -391 346 8154 -373
3 3 New Players 7582 -918 311 7271 -883

 

August 28, 2017

2017 Week 33

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:10 am

Welcome to week 33 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Ferrari’s home country of Italy, at Monza; NASCAR is at Darlington for their penultimate regular season race before the Chase for the Cup; Indycar is at the road course of Watkins Glen in New York; and the WEC is in Mexico at Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 32:

F1 Belgium, Moto GP England, Indycar Illinois, USCC Virginia:

Results – Week 32
Pos F1 MotoGP Indycar USCC
1 Lewis Hamilton Andrea Dovizioso Josef Newgarden 3-Corvette Racing
2 Sebastian Vettel Maverick Vinales Scott Dixon 67-Ganassi Racing
3 Daniel Ricciardo Valentino Rossi Simon Pagenaud 62-Risi Competizione
4 Kimi Raikkonen Cal Crutchlow Helio Castroneves 25-BMW Team RLL
5 Valtteri Bottas Jorge Lorenzo Connor Daly 66-Ganassi Racing
6 Nico Hulkenberg Johann Zarco Alexander Rossi 4-Corvette Racing
7 Romain Grosjean Dani Pedrosa Charlie Kimball 912-Porsche GT Team
8 Felipe Massa Scott Redding James Hinchcliffe 911-Porsche GT Team
9 Esteban Ocon Alex Rins Carlos Munoz 16-Change Racing
10 Carlos Sainz Alvaro Bautista Sebastien Bourdais 96-Turner Motorsports

It was a relatively exciting race at the F1 event at Spa-Francorchamps, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel driving nose-to-tail the whole race. Hamilton took the victory, but there were at least a couple of occasions where it looked like Vettel might pass. There was one safety car period where Hamilton complained that the 510bhp Mercedes GT S, driven by former DTM racer Bernd Maylander, was going too slow, causing his tires to cool. But when the safety car pulled off, Hamilton had enough heat in the tires to keep Vettel at bay, and ultimately take the win. In third place Daniel Ricciardo had a quiet race, staying well ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in fourth, but unable to stay with Hamilton and Vettel. Raikkonen did well to take fourth, considering he had to serve a 10s stop-and-go penalty for not slowing under double-yellow flag conditions – a penalty he was clearly unhappy about. Valtteri Bottas finished fifth.

Andrea Dovizioso took the Moto GP victory at Silverstone in England. As usual in Moto GP it was a close battle among several riders, with Dovizioso taking the lead from Valentino Rossi with just three laps to go. Maverick Vinales also got around Rossi in the closing laps to take second, leaving Rossi third. Marc Marquez was also in the mix for most of the race, but his engine expired with seven laps to go, leaving him with a 21st place finish. Dani Pedrosa had a disappointing race, unable to challenge the front runners, and finishing seventh.

Indycar made a return to the 1.25 mile oval of Gateway Park in Illinois. It was a relatively clean race with just a couple of cautions, one of which occurred in the warm up lap when Tony Kanaan spun in turn 2 damaging his car. The second caution occurred after only a handful of laps when Will Power spun and crashed in the same corner. He did not continue and hence finished in 20th place. Josef Newgarden won the race when he made an aggressive move around his teammate, Simon Pagenaud, with only 30 (of 248) laps to go, with the two of them touching wheels. The banging forced Pagenaud to slow, allowing Scott Dixon to go around too. And those moves settled the podium with Dixon second and Pagenaud third.

With just the GTLM and GTD cars racing at the USCC event at VIR, it was the #3 Corvette that repeated from last year with a win over the #67 Ganassi Ford. The Corvette inherited the win with 15 minutes to go, by stretching their fuel, while the #25 BMW had to pit from the lead for a splash-and-go. That pit stop allowed the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari to also get ahead and claim the final podium spot, leaving the BMW in fourth place. Less than 30s covered the top four. The Porsches were never really a factor with both the #912 and #911 finishing a lap down in seventh and eighth respectively.

Week-32 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Maverick Vinales 40
Valentino Rossi 35
Dani Pedrosa 26
Marc Marquez 9 9
Indycar
Will Power 10
USCC
3-Corvette Racing 50 50
25-BMW Team RLL 32 32
66-Ganassi Racing 30
911-Porsche GT Team 24
Totals: 321 366

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 21st win of the year. Good picks in Moto GP trumped iomracer’s attempt to pick a spread of winners across all events. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 32:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8527 366 8161
2 2 iomracer 8154 -373 321 7833 -328
3 3 New Players 7271 -883 289 6982 -851

 

August 21, 2017

2017 Week 32

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Welcome to week 32 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; Moto GP is at Silverstone in England; Indycar is on the “paperclip” oval of Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois; and the USCC (GTLM and GTD classes only) is at VIR in Virginia. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 31:

WRC Germany, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Pocono:

Results – Week 31
Pos WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Ott Tanak Kyle Busch Will Power
2 Andreas Mikkelsen Erik Jones Josef Newgarden
3 Sebastien Ogier Denny Hamlin Alexander Rossi
4 Juho Hanninen Matt Kenseth Simon Pagenaud
5 Craig Breen Kurt Busch Tony Kanaan
6 Elfyn Evans Ryan Newman Scott Dixon
7 Jari-Matti Latvala Trevor Bayne Helio Castroneves
8 Hayden Paddon Kevin Harvick Ryan Hunter-Reay
9 Armin Kremer Kyle Larson Graham Rahal
10 Eric Camilli Ryan Blaney Carlos Munoz

Mixed weather conditions left roads dry, damp, and soaked at various times over the four days of the WRC Rally Germany. Also, as usual, even in the dry conditions the early cars dragged dirt onto the roads making them slippery for the later runners. These conditions meant that all the top drivers had some off-road excursions at some point in the rally. Worst hit was Kris Meeke, who crashed his Citroen on the opening super-special stage, and had to return under rally 2 rules on Friday, but was finally out with a mechanical problem on Saturday. Also badly hit was Thierry Neuville, who briefly led the championship after Finland, but had a wheel mysteriously fall off his car in Germany on Saturday. So he too had to return under rally 2 rules, but could do nothing in the way of gaining points, finishing 44th. That handed Sebastian Ogier an easy finish to the weekend, and he duly completed the rally in third place, and reestablished his lead in the championship. Ahead of him Andreas Mikkelsen in another one-off drive for Citroen showed the potential of the car by finishing second, and teed himself up (again) as a top candidate for a factory drive in 2018. Making the fewest mistakes while being faster than the rest of the field and winning the event, was Ott Tanak in the Ford. Behind the podium three were Juho Hanninen, the leading Toyota, then Craig Breen, once again fifth, who got the position over Elfyn Evans in the last stage of the rally. Jari-Matti Latvala was seventh after mechanical problems on Friday lost him a lot of time. Dani Sordo lead at one point early in the event, and won the power stage on Sunday, but finished a lowly 34th after crashing on Friday.

NASCAR was on the short-track in Bristol, Tennessee, and Kyle Busch swept the weekend by winning the main event (he also won the Truck and Xfinity events). Jimmie Johnson finished 11th. Only two races to go before the Chase begins, so there will be a lot of desperate drivers trying to win at Darlington in two weeks and Richmond after that.

At the Indycar race at Pocono Will Power made a remarkable comeback after having to pit for repairs to his car one-third of the way through the race, and going a lap down, to win the race by 0.5s over his Penske teammate Josef Newgarden. Alexander Rossi had a good race, leading 44 laps over the course of the race, and finishing third. Simon Pagenaud had a strong finish to the race, passing two cars in the closing laps to take fourth. Tony Kanaan was fifth. Scott Dixon led the most laps of the race (51 of 200) but could only finish sixth. Behind him was Helio Castroneves, whose seventh-place finish was good considering he started 20th on the grid. Ryan Hunter-Reay was eighth, and Graham Rahal ninth.

Week-31 Player’s Scores iom seb
WRC
Ott Tanak 50
Sebastien Ogier 35 35
Elfyn Evans 28
Jari-Matti Latvala 26 26
Dani Sordo 1 1
Thierry Neuville 0 0
NASCAR
Jimmie Johnson 19
Indycar
Will Power 50 50
Josef Newgarden 40
Simon Pagenaud 32 32
Scott Dixon 28 28
Helio Castroneves 26
Graham Rahal 22
Totals: 270 259

Congratulations to iomracer and his tenth win of the year. Iomracer’s pick of Ott Tanak in WRC was the defining choice. No changes in positions in the standings …

Standings after week 31:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8161 259 7902
2 2 iomracer 7833 -328 270 7563 -339
3 3 New Players 6982 -851 233 6749 -814

 

August 14, 2017

2017 Week 31

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Welcome to week 31 – three races this weekend. WRC has an asphalt event with Rally Deutschland; NASCAR is on the short-track at Bristol, Tennessee; and Indycar is on the big oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 30:

MotoGP Austria, NASCAR Michigan:

Results – Week 30
Pos MotoGP NASCAR
1 Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Larson
2 Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr.
3 Dani Pedrosa Erik Jones
4 Jorge Lorenzo Ryan Newman
5 Johann Zarco Trevor Bayne
6 Maverick Vinales Chris Buescher
7 Valentino Rossi Austin Dillon
8 Alvaro Bautista Chase Elliott
9 Loris Baz Jamie McMurray
10 Mika Kallio Kyle Busch

The Moto GP race at the Spielberg track in Austria started in typical fashion with the top six covered by a proverbial blanket after the first handful of laps. But gradually riders started dropping off the lead. Early leader Jorge Lorenzo found his front tire going off and soon ceded the lead, and started dropping back to an eventual fourth place finish. That was better than Valentino Rossi, who dropped away from the front runners after going wide and off the track at one point, to finish seventh. Maverick Vinales did the same thing at the same corner, so sixth was his finishing position. Johann Zarco finished one place ahead of them in fifth. Dani Pedrosa dropped back, then caught up with the top two riders, but had nothing left to challenge a win, so settled for third. The two upfront, who swapped positions multiple times, were Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez. Marquez tried a last-ditch move on Dovizioso on the last corner, but couldn’t make it stick, and Dovizioso had the victory. Further down the order, Cal Crutchlow finished 15th, and Jonas Folger finished 23rd.

NASCAR was at the 2-mile super over in Michigan. Martin Truex Jr. looked strong, like he has in a number of races now, winning the second stage in Michigan. And he had the lead when a late caution came out, causing the race to go into overtime. But on the restart Kyle Larson seemed to have found some kind of booster device on his car, and shot through a gap from fourth place to take the lead and drive away to the victory. It took everyone by surprise, including the commentators, as well as Truex who had to settle for second. Other TMRG picks finished as follows: Chase Elliott 8th, Kevin Harvick 13th, Brad Keselowski 17th, and Joey Logano 28th after getting a flat tire with 15 laps to go.

Week-30 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Andrea Dovizioso 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Dani Pedrosa 35 35
Johann Zarco 30 30
Maverick Vinales 28 28
Valentino Rossi 26 26
Cal Crutchlow 15
Jonas Folger 7
NASCAR
Kyle Larson 50
Martin Truex Jr. 40
Chase Elliott 24
Kevin Harvick 17
Brad Keselowski 13
Joey Logano 2
Totals: 294 292

Congratulations to iomracer and his 9th win of the year. The volatile NASCAR picks made the biggest difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings After Week 30:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 iomracer 7592 221 7371
2 2 Sebastian 7516 -76 180 7336 -35
3 3 New Players 6699 -817 162 6537 -799

 

August 7, 2017

2017 Week 30

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Welcome to week 30 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is at Spielberg in Austria, and NASCAR is at the super-oval in Michigan. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 29:

Moto GP Czech Republic, NASCAR Watkins Glen, USCC Road America:

Results – Week 29
Pos MotoGP NASCAR USCC
1 Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr. 22-Tequila Patron
2 Dani Pedrosa Matt Kenseth 10-Wayne Taylor Racing
3 Maverick Vinales David Suarez 2-Tequila Patron ESM
4 Valentino Rossi Denny Hamlin 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow Clint Bowyer 90-VisitFlorida Racing
6 Andrea Dovizioso Kurt Busch 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
7 Danilo Petrucci Kyle Busch 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
8 Aleix Espargaro Ryan Blaney 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
9 Pol Espargaro AJ Allmendinger 38-Performance Tech
10 Jonas Folger Erik Jones 26-BAR1 Motorsports

With the Moto GP race in the Czech Republic starting out wet, then drying, the results were dictated by the decisions the teams made to switch from wet tires to dry tires. Marc Marquez was the first to switch, very early, on just lap two. Early proved to be the best choice, and after the race leaders all pitted two to three laps later, it was apparent that they were too late, and Marquez had a 20s lead. That enabled him to cruise to victory. Dani Pedrosa switched on lap four, along with Maverick Vinales, Jorge Lorenzo, and Cal Crutchlow, and that was one lap earlier than Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso. And so it was that Pedrosa finished second and Vinales third. Rossi got around Crutchlow to take fourth, and Dovizioso was sixth.

Martin Truex Jr. won a tactical NASCAR race on the road circuit of Watkins Glen. He had the lead with just over 10 laps to go, but he, along with the drivers behind him were all trying to stretch their fuel to the end. So Truex, in ultra-conservation fuel-saving mode, let the next two drivers past him, under the crew chief’s guess that Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney would run out of fuel before the end. And they were right. When Keselowski and Blaney were forced to pit, Truex had the lead back and won the race with (presumably) very little fuel left in his own tank. Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez also managed to stretch their fuel to the end, to take second and third places respectively. Kyle Busch finished seventh after having a wheel problem on one pitstop, and later getting into a minor altercation with Keselowski.

It was a very close race in the USCC event at Road America, with eight Prototypes finishing on the lead lap after 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing, with only 11s covering the top seven. It was the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan that took the victory by 2.4s over the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac (Wayne Taylor Racing), and a further 0.4s over the #2 Tequila Patron Nissan. Then a 2.7s gap to the #31 Whelen Cadillac in fourth, with the #90 Florida Racing Ligier (LMP 2 car) 1.6s further behind in fifth. The #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac was sixth 9s behind the winner, and the #52 PR1/Mathiansen Ligier in seventh. The last car to finish on the lead lap was the #85 JDC-Miller Oreca (LMP2). The #55 Mazda (and #70 Mazda) did not enter the race.

Week-29 Player’s Scores iom seb
MotoGP
Marc Marquez 50 50
Dani Pedrosa 40 40
Maverick Vinales 35 35
Valentino Rossi 32 32
Andrea Dovizioso 28 28
NASCAR
Kyle Busch 26
USCC
10-Wayne Taylor Racing 40 40
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 32 32
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 28 28
85-JDC-Miller Motosports 24 24
55-Mazda Motorsports 0
Totals: 309 335

Congratulations to Sebastian and his twentieth win of the year. An unfortunate non-competing pick of the #55 Mazda in USCC by iomracer made it impossible to overcome the good picks of Sebastian. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 29:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7610 335 7275
2 2 iomracer 7269 -341 309 6960 -315
3 3 New Players 6486 -783 278 6208 -752

 

July 31, 2017

2017 Week 29

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:25 am

Welcome to week 29 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is at Brno in the Czech Republic; NASCAR is on the road course of Watkins Glen in New York; and USCC is at Road America in Wisconsin. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 28:

F1 Hungary, WRC Finland, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Mid-Ohio:

Results – Week 28
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Sebastian Vettel Esapekka Lappi Kyle Busch Josef Newgarden
2 Kimi Raikkonen Elfyn Evans Kevin Harvick Will Power
3 Valtteri Bottas Juho Hanninen Martin Truex Jr. Graham Rahal
4 Lewis Hamilton Teemu Suninen Denny Hamlin Simon Pagenaud
5 Max Verstappen Craig Breen Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato
6 Fernando Alonso Thierry Neuville Clint Bowyer Alexander Rossi
7 Carlos Sainz Ott Tanak David Suarez Helio Castroneves
8 Sergio Perez Kris Meeke Erik Jones Ryan Hunter-Reay
9 Esteban Ocon Dani Sordo Matt Kenseth Scott Dixon
10 Stoffel Vandoorne Mads Ostberg Chase Elliott Connor Daly

Sebastian Vettel drove away to a comfortable victory at the F1 Hungary GP, and that was despite a reported steering problem. The problem did allow Kimi Raikkonen to get to within 1s at the end, but there were not enough laps left for Raikkonen to get around. Behind Raikkonen was an interesting race between the Mercedes drivers. Valtteri Bottas was ahead of Lewis Hamilton, but under team orders pulled over to allow Hamilton past to try and catch and pass Raikkonen. But when Hamilton couldn’t make progress as the end of the race neared, Hamilton let Bottas back past to take the final podium position. At the start of the race Max Verstappen ran wide at turn one, then tried too hard to make up the error at turn two, driving into Daniel Ricciardo and taking him out. Despite being given a 10s penalty for causing the incident, Verstappen still managed to be well clear of Fernando Alonso to finish in fifth place. Ricciardo on the other hand finished 20th and last.

Finland is usually a rally that the Finns do well at, and they certainly shined this weekend, with four Finns filling the top four places on the leaderboard at one point. But WRC Rally Finland is a high speed rally that punishes even small errors. So it was that the Finns eventually opened the door for one other driver in particular to stand on the podium. First it was Jari-Matti Latvala, who lost the lead late Saturday, although not through an error, but rather because of the failure of the car’s ECU. Then on Sunday with two stages to go, both Juho Hanninen and Temmu Suninen made errors that opened the door for Elfin Evans to blast his way to a second place finish on the last stage, by 0.3s over Hanninen, with Suninen in fourth. Ahead of all of them, Esapekka Lappi drove a perfect rally in only his fourth outing in the Toyota. Having kept it close with Latvala through most of Saturday, once Latvala was out Lappi had a 56s lead which he easily protected through Sunday to take the win. Latvala did return on Sunday under Rally 2 rules, but finished a lowly 21st after the penalties were applied. Beside Evans, Craig Breen was the next best of the non-Finns, finishing 5th ahead of a struggling Thierry Neuville, who simply couldn’t find the speed during the weekend. Behind Neuville in 7th, was Ott Tanak, who was quick most of the weekend, but an error on Friday damaged a wheel which had to be changed mid-stage, and that was too costly for the Estonian to make up the time despite his speed. Sebastien Ogier made a rare mistake and had a heavy crash early on Friday. The hit was big enough to give his codriver, Julien Ingrassia, a concussion, and a 15 days suspension to recover. So a DNF for Ogier and no points.

The NASCAR race in Pocono was won by Kyle Busch ahead of Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. It was Busch’s first win of the year, and it puts him into the Chase field which starts in six weeks.

Josef Newgarden got around pole sitter and teammate Will Power early in the Indycar race at Mid-Ohio, and never ceded the lead to win by 5s over Power. After a full-course caution and a restart two-thirds of the way through the race, Power was held up badly by lapped driver Esteban Gutierrez, who threw several blocks on Power, preventing him from getting by and letting Newgarden get away. Graham Rahal finished third, ahead of Simon Pagenaud in fourth. Scott Dixon finished ninth.

Week-28 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Kimi Raikkonen 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Max Verstappen 30
Daniel Ricciardo 10 10
WRC
Thierry Neuville 28 28
Ott Tanak 26
Jari-Matti Latvala 9
Sebastien Ogier 0 0
NASCAR
Indycar
Josef Newgarden 50
Simon Pagenaud 32
Scott Dixon 22
Totals: 280 279

Congratulations to iomracer and his eighth win of the year, by the slim margin of just one point. No changes in position in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 28:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7275 279 6996
2 2 iomracer 6960 -315 280 6680 -316
3 3 New Players 6208 -752 251 5957 -723

 

July 24, 2017

2017 Week 28

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:44 am

Welcome to week 28 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Hockenheim in Germany; WRC is in Finland for a fast and high flying (lots of jumps) event; NASCAR is at the superspeedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar is at the road course of Mid-Ohio. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 27:

NASCAR Indianapolis, USCC Lime Rock:

Results – Week 27
Pos NASCAR USCC
1 Kasey Kahne 911-Porsche GT Team
2 Brad Keselowski 912-Porsche GT Team
3 Ryan Newman 24-BMW Team RLL
4 Joey Logano 3-Corvette Racing
5 Matt Kenseth 67-Ganassi Racing
6 Kevin Harvick 25-BMW Team RLL
7 David Suarez 66-Ganassi Racing
8 Matt DiBenedetto 73-Park Place Motorsports
9 Chris Buescher 48-Paul Miller Racing
10 AJ Allmendinger 28-Alegra Motorsports

The NASCAR race at Indianapolis was delayed by rain, and then was drawn out by a lot of cautions caused by small crashes and mechanical failures. Chase Elliott was one of the early drivers to exit, with a blown engine, leaving him classified in 39th place at the end. But the cautions made pit strategy an important play, along with car and driver performance. Kyle Busch was most dominant during the race, but he was wrecked when Martin Truex Jr. lost it on a restart on lap 112 (of 160). Busch finished 34th, and Truex finished 33rd. A number of drivers were going to stretch their fuel mileage to the limit, but everything changed with 10 laps to go when there was a big wreck involving Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones. In the lead at that time were Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, but they couldn’t avoid the splash-and-go. Another wreck followed with 6 to go taking out Kyle Larson, who finished classified 28th. This allowed Keselowski and Johnson to get back to the front. Then another wreck with 2 laps to go, which took out Jimmie Johnson while 3-wide for the lead with Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne. Johnson ended up classified 27th. So an overtime restart, and yet another wreck midfield involving at least 7 cars. The last attempt at an overtime restart had Keselowski on the outside and Kahne on the bottom. The bottom was the place to be and Kahne took the lead. Although there was another wreck, Kahne had got to the “overtime line” which meant he had the win.

The USCC was at Lime Rock Park with only the Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) cars and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) cars racing. It was the GTLM Porches that dominated the event, coming home first and second with the #911 ahead of their teammates, the #912. It was a close battle through to the end of the race for third place, with the #24 BMW eventually beating the #3 Corvette by only 0.3s after 2 hours 40 minutes of racing. The #67 Chip Ganassi Ford was fifth, and the only other car to finish on the lead lap. The #25 BMW finished a lap down in sixth place. The #66 Chip Ganassi Ford finished seventh. The #4 Corvette had issues and finished 30 laps down in 22nd place.

Week-27 Player’s Scores iom seb
NASCAR
Jimmie Johnson 3
Kyle Larson 2 2
Martin Truex Jr. 1
Kyle Busch 1
Chase Elliott 1
USCC
911-Porsche GT Team 50 50
912-Porsche GT Team 40
24-BMW Team RLL 35
3-Corvette Racing 32 32
67-Ganassi Racing 30 30
25-BMW Team RLL 28 28
66-Ganassi Racing 26 26
4-Corvette Racing 8 8
Totals: 213 220

Congratulations to Sebastian and his nineteenth win of the year. One good pick in NASCAR by either player would have sealed the win, but all such picks scored very little, making the Porsche #911 pick of Sebastian the decider more than anything else. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 27:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6996 220 6776
2 2 iomracer 6680 -316 213 6467 -309
3 3 New Players 5957 -723 192 5765 -702

 

July 17, 2017

2017 Week 27

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:19 am

Welcome to week 27 – two races this weekend. NASCAR is at Indianapolis, and USCC is at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 26:

F1 Silverstone, NASCAR New Hampshire, Indycar Toronto, WEC Nurburgring:

Results – Week 26
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar WEC
1 Lewis Hamilton Denny Hamlin Josef Newgarden 2-Porsche Team
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson Alexander Rossi 1-Porsche Team
3 Kimi Raikkonen Martin Truex Jr. James Hinchcliffe 7-Toyota Racing
4 Max Verstappen Matt Kenseth Marco Andretti 8-Toyota Racing
5 Daniel Ricciardo Kevin Harvick Simon Pagenaud 38-Jackie Chan DC
6 Nico Hulkenberg David Suarez Ryan Hunter-Reay 31-Rebellion
7 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer Max Chilton 36-Signatech Alpine
8 Esteban Ocon Kurt Busch Helio Castroneves 13-Rebellion
9 Sergio Perez Brad Keselowski Graham Rahal 37-Jackie Chan DC
10 Felipe Massa Jimmie Johnson Scott Dixon 26-G-Drive Racing

Lewis Hamilton dominated the F1 GP at Silverstone in England – he led every lap to take the victory over his teammate Valtteri Bottas. The two Ferraris of Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were both looking to be in position to challenge for the podium, with Raikkonen in second and Vettel in fourth. But both suffered tire problems in the last few laps, causing Raikkonen to finish third, and Vettel seventh after a late trip to the pits. Vettel’s woes left Max Verstappen with a comfortable fourth place finish, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenburg. Only those seven finished on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin won a fairly close race at the NASCAR event in Loudon, New Hampshire. It was Hamlin’s first win of the year, finishing a couple of car lengths ahead of Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr.

The Indycar race in Toronto was won by Josef Newgarden who inherited the lead early on when he pitted early and a caution flag quickly followed (sending the rest of the field to the pits, giving Newgarden the lead when he stayed out). He held off Alexander Rossi by a scant 1.9s. James Hinchcliffe finished a somewhat lonely third.

The WEC race at the Nurburgring in Germany was a battle from start to finish between the two Porsches. At the end the #2 Porsche eked out the victory over their teammates by just 1.6s. The #7 Toyota just didn’t have the pace of the Porches and finished a minute and five second down on the winner. The #8 Toyota suffered fuel pump problems, yet despite stopping to change the fuel pump early in the race, rallied to take fourth place at the end, albeit 5 laps down. The #4 Team Bykolles car finished 22 laps down in 14th place.

Week-26 Player’s Scores iom seb
F1
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35
Max Verstappen 32
Daniel Ricciardo 30 30
Sebastian Vettel 26 26
NASCAR
Indycar
Graham Rahal 22
WEC
2-Porsche Team 50 50
1-Porsche Team 40 40
7-Toyota Racing 35 35
8-Toyota Racing 32 32
4-Team Bykolles 16
Totals: 341 370

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighteenth win of the year. Iomracer lost out with a risky Indycar pick and a poor WEC pick, versus Sebastian’s solid F1 and WEC picks. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 26:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6776 370 6406
2 2 iomracer 6467 -309 341 6126 -280
3 3 New Players 5765 -702 307 5458 -668

 

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