The Motor Racing Game

April 27, 2015

2015 Week 15

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Welcome to week 15 – four races this week. MotoGP is in Spain; NASCAR is at the restrictor-plate super-speedway of Talladega; WEC is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; USCC is at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-fifteen-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 14:

WRC Argentina, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Barber:

Week14Rslts

Kris Meeke won the WRC’s Rally Argentina – the first British driver to win a WRC event since Colin McRae in 2002. And a Brit took the third spot too, with Elfin Evans surviving the brutal event. For Citroen it was a 1-2 with Mads Osberg taking the runners-up spot. Martin Prokop took fourth and Dani Sordo fifth. Prior to the event Meeke called the conditions the worst of any event now that Greece is no longer on the calendar, and every driver had problems due to the rough conditions. Even Meeke had a power-steering failure early in the race. Sebastien Ogier failed to finish day-2 with an engine problem, and with the time penalties for rejoining on day-3 under rally 2 rules, he finished 17th. Our other three picks all failed to finish the rally, so no points. Jari-Matti Latvala was the first out when he stopped on the first stage of Sunday with fuel supply problems. The final stage took out both Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville, who both hit the same rock near the start of the stage and ripped off the right-rear wheel.

In NASCAR, the man who was banned from racing by the NASCAR powers, then reinstated three races later, Kurt Busch, won the event at Richmond, putting him into the Chase at the end of the year. Shame. Kevin Harvick was runner-up, followed by Jimmie Johnson who started at the back of the field, but finished third. Jeff Gordon was an outside threat towards the end, running in the top 10, and finishing eighth.

The Indycar race at Barber in Alabama was quite an exciting affair, with bumps and crashes, off-sequence pit strategies, drivers running out of fuel – Helio Castroneves who finished 15th – and drivers who had wasted their tires by the end. Josef Newgarden was one of those latter drivers, but had built up enough of a lead to stay ahead of Graham Rahal and win the race. Rahal, by virtue of his off-sequence pit strategy, had fresh tires at the end of the race enabling him to get around Will Power who finish fourth, and Scott Dixon who finished third, and almost catch Newgarden all in the final stint. Juan Pablo Montoya didn’t qualify well, and broke two front wings in the race to finish a lowly 14th, just behind Tony Kanaan.

Week14PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe and his third win of the year by a dominant margin of 31 points. Everyone except Drewe got three ducks in WRC – i.e. Drewe made his picks count by not only avoiding Mikkelsen, but getting Meeke and Ostberg right, then piling on with Dixon and Power in Indycar. His victory margin was enough to get him back into the third spot in the standings …

Week14Standings

April 20, 2015

2015 Week 14

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Welcome to week 14 – three races this week. WRC resumes after a 6-week break with Rally Argentina; NASCAR is at another short-track, this time Richmond in Virginia; and Indycar goes to Alabama and the Barber road course. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-fourteen-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 13:
F1 Bahrain, MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Long Beach, USCC Long Beach:

Week13Rslts

Lewis Hamilton started on pole and got to turn one first and never looked back on his way to the F1 win in Bahrain. The rest of the positions were more interesting. The two Ferraris squeezed Nico Rosberg out of the top three at the first corner, immediately putting him at a disadvantage, although he eventually got around them both. Pit stops then made a big difference. The two Ferraris opted for different strategies, with Raikkonen’s working out best as he made the most of his tires while on track. With some minor errors by Rosberg, Raikkenen was finally rewarded with a deserved second place at the end, just ahead of Rosberg. Sebastian Vettal had a number of minor issues, including damaging his front wing which resulted in an additional pit stop and demoted him to a fifth place finish behind Valterri Bottas.

Marc Marquez took off from the pole in the MotoGP in Argentina and dominated most of the race. But he was helped by taking hard tires versus the super-hard tires that the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo took. Marquez’s softer tires let him get a big lead, but then the tires started to wear, and badly, and Rossi started catching him. With two laps to go Rossi was on his back tire, and within a few corners was trying to get around. Marquez was aggressive trying to hold off Rossi and they touched, and then Marquez basically ran into Rossi back tire and down he went. It gave Rossi the comfortable win over Andrea Doviziosi. Cal Crutchlow made a final corner pass around Andrea Ionnone to grab the final podium spot. Jorge Lorenzo finished fifth. Marquez’s retirement classified him in a 24th place finish.

Matt Kenseth won a nearly 9 hour NASCAR race at Bristol. Rain delays were the main cause for the long event but there were also lots of cautions. At the end, which included back-to-back cautions leading into a green-white-checkered, which itself was again delayed by a rain shower, Kenseth held the number one spot for the win over Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Joey Logano fininshed 40th place after being collected by his teammate Brad Keselowski early in the race, and just before the first of the rain delays came.

A surprisingly timid street race around Long Beach for the Indycars, with Scott Dixon taking a seemingly easy victory over Helio Castroneves. Third place was a little more exciting with Juan Pablo Montoya getting the final podium position over Simon Pagenaud. Will Power’s chances were doomed in the pit lane – Luca Filippi stalled at the pit entry, and then Power stalled too while trying to get around him. That dropped Power well down the order and a 20th place finish.

It was a close race at the USCC event around the streets of Long Beach, perhaps not surprising considering it was a short “endurance” race at just 1 hour 40 minutes. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette led most the race and crossed the line 3 seconds ahead of the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford Riley. A bit further back the #90 Visit Florida Corvette finished 3 seconds ahead of the fourth place #31 Action Express Corvette. The #5 Action Express Corvette, in 5th place, was the final car on the same lap as the winner.

Player’s Scores:

Week13PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my third win of the year. Staying away from Indycar and NASCAR looked to be the way to go, with me getting the edge over Sebastian with my #90 VisitFlorida USCC pick. Sebastian’s second place moves him ahead of Drewe and into third place in the standings …

Standings:

Week13Standings

 

April 13, 2015

2015 Week 13

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Welcome to week 13 – five races again this weekend. F1 is in Bahrain; MotoGP goes south to Argentina; NASCAR is in the “bowl” – the super-short ½ mile oval in Bristol, Tennessee; Indycar is at the Long Beach street circuit in California; and USCC joins Indycar in Long Beach. Sebastian has all the links you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-thirteen-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 12: F1 China, MotoGP U.S., NASCAR Texas, Indycar Louisiana, WEC Great Britain:

Week12Rslts

Mercedes is back at the top of F1 with Lewis Hamilton winning and Nico Rosberg second, well ahead of the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen. In fifth and sixth were Felipe Mass and Valtteri Bottas respectively in the Williams. With those three teams being well ahead of the rest of the field, it looks like they are going to dominate the rest of the season. It was not terribly exciting at the front of the field, with pit stop strategy seeming to distinguish Mercedes from Ferrari, with the former getting an advantage by stretching their tires. The mid-pack battles were good though, with Roman Grosjean’s Lotus coming out the best of the rest with a seventh place finish.

Jimmie Johnson took the NASCAR victory at Texas Motor Speedway, ahead of Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The three of them took four tires at the final caution when most other drivers took two tires, and then showed that four was the way to go by driving around the two-tire cars in the final laps. Joey Logano had a bump with Harvick on the final restart, dropping him back a bit in the field, but was still able to get to a fourth place finish.

In the MotoGP in Austin, Texas, Andrea Dovizioso got the lead off the line and it initially looked like it was going to be a good battle between him, Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, and Jorge Lorenzo. But once Marquez got around Dovizioso and took the lead, he rode away, showing that Qatar a couple of weeks ago was just a blip in his armor. The other three though kept up the battle for second for the entire race, with Dovizioso taking second ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo. Andrea Iannone caught Lorenzo before the end and challenged for the fourth spot, but had to settle for fifth at the checkered flag.

There were lots of cautions in the Indycar race at the NOLA circuit in Louisiana. That meant that the order was frequently mixed, and also caused different teams to pit at different times. Both worked out best for James Hinchcliffe who took the win over Helio Castroneves, James Jakes, and Simona de Silvestro; all four had gone off-cycle in their pit stops. Juan Pablo Montoya was fifth and the best of the field that had stuck with an expected pit strategy. Behind Montoya were Tony Kanaan in sixth and Will Power in seventh. Simon Pagenaud’s day ended late in the race when he, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastian Bourdais got together putting all out of the race; Pagenaud was classified in 20th at the end.

The WEC race at Silverstone in England ended up being a close affair after the winning team, the #7 Audi, had a late pit stop and then a penalty that allowed the second placed #18 Porsche get to within 5 seconds at the finish line. The #1 Toyota was only another 10 seconds back, so it was close for the podium positions. The second Toyota, the #2, finished in fourth place, a lap down; and the #8 Audi was fifth, 4 laps down.

Player’s Scores:

Week12PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his first win of the year. He was the only one of us to get the top four in both F1 and MotoGP. No changes in the standings …

Standings:

Week12Standings

 

April 5, 2015

2015 Week 12

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Welcome to week 12 – five races this weekend. F1 visits China; MotoGP comes to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas; NASCAR is also in Texas, but at the Motor Speedway in the Dallas area; Indycar is at the NOLA circuit in Louisiana; and WEC is at Silverstone in the U.K. Sebastian has all the stats to help you make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-twelve-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

There was no racing last week, so no Scores from week 11.

Standings:

Week10Standings

March 30, 2015

2015 Week 11

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Welcome to week 11 – no races this weekend, the last time this happens this season.

Scores from week 10:
F1 Malaysia, MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR Martinsville, Indycar St. Petersburg:

Week10Rslts

Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes at the F1 race in Malaysia with a two-stop pit strategy versus the three-stop strategy that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took, who finished second and third respectively. Kimi Raikkonen had a great race to finish fourth, considering that he was at the back of the field after a first lap contact with Felipe Nasr. The Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth, with his teammate Felipe Massa sixth, meaning we picked the top six.

In the MotoGP in Losail, Qatar, the Doctor was at his surgical best. After finding himself 10th after the start, the six-time world champion Valentino Rossi surgically picked off one rider at the time, until he crossed the finish line a skinny 0.174 seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The two were slightly ahead of their teammates, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone just getting the advantage over Rossi’s Yamaha teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. Marc Marquez had a great race to get back to a fifth place finish, after going off the road on the first corner, and rejoining in last place. But his Honda never looked like it had the pace of the Yamahas and Ducati’s, so although it’s only one race, it looks like he could have an uphill battle to defend his championship. With Dani Pedrosa finishing sixth, just like F1 we picked the top six.

The NASCAR race at Martinsville was won by Denny Hamlin, who managed to keep a charging Brad Keselowski at bay in the final laps. Joey Logano had a good race to finish third after being at the back of the field at one point early in the race. Other notables include Kevin Harvick who faded to eighth after leading much of the race, and Danica Patrick who finished ahead of him in seventh.

Through the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, Juan Pablo Montoya took the season opener from Will Power by less than a second. Tony Kanaan took third place ahead of Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud.

Week10PickRslts

It was a close week with a spread of only 21 points between all of us. I eked out the win by a measly three points over Sebastian – my second win of the year. No changes in the standings …

Week10Standings

March 23, 2015

2015 Week 10

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Welcome to week 10 – four races this weekend. F1 remains in the Asia-Pacific region with the Malaysian GP in Kuala Lumpur; MotoGP has their season opener in Qatar; Indycar also kicks off their season in the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida; and NASCAR goes to the short track of Martinsville in Virginia. Sebastian has all the info you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-ten-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 9: NASCAR Fontana, and USCC Sebring:

Week9Rslts

At the 12 hours of Sebring the #5 Action Express Corvette took a clear victory over the rest of the field, finishing a lap ahead of the next three finishers: #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette, #90 VisitFlorida Corvette, and the #01 Ganassi Riley/Ford. The #31 Action Express Corvette was the fifth place car, just ahead of the top PC car, the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Oreca. The #57 Krohn Ligier/Judd had exhaust problems and finished 8th, behind the second placed PC car – #54 Core Autosport Oreca. All the other prototypes had major issues including the #50 Highway to Help Riley/BMW that finished 31 laps down in 27th; the #2 Tequila Patron ESM HPD in 33rd; the #1 Tequila Patron ESM HPD in 36th; the #70 SpeedSource Mazda in 38th; the #07 SpeedSource Mazda in 39th; the #0 DeltaWing in 41st; and the #60 Michael Shank Ligier/HPD in 42nd place.

It took two green-white-checkered finish attempts to complete the NASCAR race at Fontana in California. That worked out just fine for Brad Keselowski whose car was strong on short runs, enabling him to outrun the leader when the final green flag waved – Kurt Busch. Kevin Harvick also got around Busch to take second place. Harvick is certainly the man to beat in NASCAR this year – he’s now finished 1st or 2nd in the last 8 races going back into last year. Despite the cautions at the end, there was no “big one” enabling all 43 starters to take the final checkered flag.

Player’s Scores:

Week9PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe and his second win of the year, and he managed it despite the #7 USCC car finishing 44th and giving him zero points. No changes in the season standings…

Week9Standings

March 16, 2015

2015 Week 9

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Welcome to week 9 – two races this weekend. NASCAR goes to Los Angeles and the Fontana superspeedway, and the USCC is in Florida at Sebring for the 12-hour endurance race. Sebastian has the summary at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-nine-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://localhost/RoadRaceTracks/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 8:
F1 Australia, NASCAR Phoenix:

Week8Rslts

Lewis Hamilton started this season the way he finished last season, with a win, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The two of them were well clear of the rest of the field, with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettal taking the third spot and Felipe Massa in fourth a few seconds behind Vettal. It was a weekend of attrition, with a number of teams and cars suffering from a variety of issues. That included two of our picks: Kimi Raikkonen who retired after his second pit stop when the pit crew failed to put on a wheel correctly, resulting in a 12th place finish for themotorracinggame points; and Valtteri Bottas was pulled out of the race before it started due to a tear in a disc in his back, suffered during qualifying (no points for those of us who picked him). Our other pick, Daniel Ricciardo, finished 6th.

Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR race in Phoenix, leading almost from the start, and getting his second win in two weeks. Joey Logano had the lead for a short while at the beginning, and stayed fairly strong for the whole race, finishing 8th, just behind Martin Truex Jr., who in turn finished just behind Brad Keselowski in 6th. Jimmie Johnson had a get-together with Carl Edwards early on, but recovered to an 11th place finish by the end. Denny Hamlin simply didn’t have a good race, finishing 23rd. And our other pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 43rd and last after tire failure put him into the wall only 1/3 of the way into the race.

Players Scores:

Week8PickRslts

Congratulations to GreasedLightning who resumes his winning ways after a brief interruption by Drewe and me. It is GreasedLightning’s fourth win of the year out of just six racing weekends. No change in the standings though …

Week8Standings

 

March 9, 2015

2015 Week 8

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Welcome to week 8. Two races this weekend: F1 has their season opener in Australia; and NASCAR visits Phoenix, Arizona. Sebastian has the guide you need here, and picks can be made at the usual place: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 7:
WRC Mexico, NASCAR Las Vegas:

Week7Rslts

The WRC event in Mexico was the usual car-killer. By the end of the event all but 6 of the top-flight cars were running under Rally 2 rules. Even among those top 6, most had had some minor issues such as a spin sometime during the event. The most dramatic incident involved Ott Tanak who rolled into a lake, and in 25 seconds the car submerged, sinking 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet deep). The crew got out safely, but needed the swim to shore. The team then got the car out – the raise of the Ti-Tanak was the catch phrase – and Ott was racing again on Sunday under Rally 2. With all the incidents, Sebastien Ogier was left with an easy victory, despite having to sweep the roads. In second and third, Mads Osberg prevailed over a close battle with Andreas Mikkelsen. Elfyn Evans took it easy the entire event and was rewarded for his caution with an excellent fourth place finish, well clear of Dani Sordo, who in turn was well clear of the only other top-flight driver to not need Rally 2: Martin Prokop. Thierry Neuville did need Rally 2, but with a small field was able to claw his was back to an eighth place finish. Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke had more penalties due to their earlier exit, so could only manage 15th and 16th respectively. Finally Ott Tanak needing Rally 2 on both Saturday and Sunday could do no better than second to last, 22nd place.

The NASCAR race at Las Vegas was a bit of a procession from the point of view of winner Kevin Harvick who both led most the race, and adopted the best tire strategy at the end to take a dominant victory. Dale Earnhardt was his strongest challenger toward the end, but taking only two tires on the last pit stop dropped him to a 4th place finish behind Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman. Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano rounded out the top 10. Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards both had wrecks to finish 41st and 42nd respectively.

Players Scores:

Week7PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my first win of the year. Mixed fortunes for most of us with our WRC picks, so it was my pick of Harvick and Earnhardt in NASCAR that made the difference and gave me the win. No changes in the standings …

Week7Standings

 

March 2, 2015

2015 Week 7

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Welcome to week 7. Two races this weekend: WRC is in Mexico for their challenging high-altitude event of the year; and NASCAR is in Las Vegas and another “intermediate” track like Atlanta. Indycar was supposed to start this week in Brazil, but the event was cancelled seemingly for political reasons in that country. Sebastian has a guide to this week here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-seven-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 6:
NASCAR Atlanta:

Week6Rslts

There was no “big one” in Daytona last week, so they made up for it this week in Atlanta. At about three-quarters of the way through the race, Denny Hamlin spun (leaving him with a 38th place finish) and started a chain reaction that took out a number of cars including Jeff Gordon who ended the race in 41st place. After the last caution, with about 15 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson pulled ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and could not be caught, taking his 71st win of his career in NASCAR. Kevin Harvick managed to overhaul Earnhardt in this final stint for second, leaving Earnhardt to take third ahead of Joey Logano who had led for much of the race, and Matt Kenseth in fifth. Other picks we made include: Brad Keselowski – 9th; Carl Edwards – 12th; Kasey Kahne – 14th; Casey Mears – 15th; Kyle Larson – 26th; and Tony Stewart – 30th.

Players Scores:

Week6PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe for breaking Greased Lightning’s winning streak; and he did it in style too – correctly getting the top 5 finishers and then the next two highest that any of us picked, and as a result he stomped the next best player by 35 points. But that next best player was me, so it enabled me to move ahead of Greased Lightning for the season lead …

Week6Standings

February 23, 2015

2015 Week 6

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Welcome to week 6 and again NASCAR is the only race, this time at the intermediate track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. Maybe the Daytona results with guide you, maybe not. Either way Sebastian has all the stats and tips for making your choices here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-six-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 5:
NASCAR Daytona 500:

Week5Rslts

The Daytona 500 started quietly enough with only two cautions early on, the first when Landon Cassill lost an engine, and the second when Tony Stewart lost control and collected Matt Kenseth, dooming both to lowly finishes – 42nd and 35th respectively. Most of the race was dominated by Jeff Gordon, which, based on history did not bode well for him at the finish. And indeed, a poor restart after one of the late cautions meant that he was not in contention, and then to make things worse he got collected in the final wreck and finished 33rd. And there were lots of cautions and wrecks in the closing stages. But Joey Logano had been close to the front all day, and he got ahead in the final green-white-checkered (the latter turning into another yellow with a last-lap crash) and won the race ahead of Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rounding out the top 10 were: Denny Hamlin 4th; Jimmie Johnson 5th; Casey Mears 6th; Clint Bowyer 7th; Martin Truex Jr 8th; Kasey Kahne 9th; and Greg Biffle 10th. Other picks we made were Carl Edwards 23rd, Jamie McMurray 27th, and Brad Keselowski 41st. We also picked both Busch brothers, but Kyle broke his leg in Saturday’s support race, and Kurt was suspended by NASCAR indefinitely after a judge ruled it likely that he abused his girlfriend. Since news of both became national after the deadline then their replacements are counted: Matt Crafton (18th place finish) for Kyle, and Regan Smith (16th place finish) for Kurt.

Players Scores:

Week5PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning who has now won the first three weekends! Our picks were all over the place, which is not surprising with it being a NASCAR only week. Getting the top 3 finishers garnered the most points for Greased Lightning. Although IOMRacing went one better with the top 4, he also suffered with the trio of Gordon, Kenseth, and Keselowski, and so it was Greased Lightning’s pick of Carl Edwards that brought home the money. No changes at the top of the standings, but Drewe moves ahead of Sebastian mid-pack …

Week5Standings

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