The Motor Racing Game

July 26, 2016

2016 Week 28

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 6:46 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:

F1 Hungary, NASCAR Indianapolis, WEC Germany, USCC Lime Rock:

Week27Rslts

With victory in Hungary Lewis Hamilton has now won five of the last six races, which puts him atop of the F1 Championship leaderboard. His got the jump on his pole-sitting teammate at the start, and never relinquished the lead (except when in the pits), with Nico Rosberg finishing just under 2s down. In third and fourth it was a close battle all race long between Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, who eventually beat out Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari by less than a second. Similarly for fifth and sixth it was a close battle with Max Verstappen in the other Red Bull beating Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari, by less than half a second.

Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR race on the big oval at Indianapolis. Not only did he win the main race from pole position, he also won the undercard Xfinity race from pole position – the first time in NASCAR that clean sweep in the same weekend across both series has been achieved. Kyle Busch drives for Joe Gibbs racing, as does second place finisher Matt Kenseth, and fourth place finisher Denny Hamlin. It was Jimmie Johnson in third place in the Hendricks car that spoilt the Gibbs party. But in the build up to the race the news had been all about the return of Jeff Gordon to Hendricks Motorsports, replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. who is suffering concussion-like symptoms. Considering that Gordon’s been in the commentary box all year, so far, he finished a respectable 13th place. Gordon will also get behind the wheel at Pocono this coming weekend.

WEC was at the infamous Nurburgring in Germany where the #1 Porsche finally got its first win of the season, by beating the #8 Audi by just under a minute after 6 hours of racing. The #7 Audi in third, and the #2 Porsche in fourth, were the only other two cars to finish on the lead lap. The #5 Toyota was fifth, a lap down, and the #6 Toyota sixth, 4 laps down.

The USCC was at Lime Rock Park with only the Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) cars racing. Many of the PC cars had problems during the race, meaning only the top four positions were taken by the PC machines. Among them it was the #8 Starworks who took overall honors by a skinny 0.185s over the #52 PR1/Mathiasen car after two hours and forty minutes of racing. The #38 Performance Tech car finished third, a lap down, with the #20 BAR1 car fourth, also a lap down. The #85 JDC-Miller car crashed heavily and only managed to complete 108 laps (compared to 168 of the winning car), leaving them with a 26th place finish. But that was better than the #54 CORE car that started at the back of the field when they swapped drivers, then got penalized for a pit infraction, then damaged their suspension after contact with a GTD car, leaving them with only 69 laps completed and a 30th place finish.

Week27PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his eleventh win of the year with one tie. A more even spread of picks across the three semi-consistent series made the difference. For the second week in a row, season-long standings switch around with iomracer taking a 7 point lead …

Week27Standings

July 18, 2016

2016 Week 27

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Welcome to week 27 – four races this weekend. F1 is at the Hungaroring in Hungary; NASCAR is at the big oval in Indianapolis; WEC is at the Nurgurgring in Germany, and USCC is at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 26:

Moto GP Germany, NASCAR New Hampshire, Indycar Toronto:

Week26Rslts

The Moto GP race at the Sachsenring in Germany started in the rain, but as the track dried the riders had to come into the pits to shed their wet tires. Most took intermediates, but Marc Marquez rolled the dice with two slicks. At the time he was eighth after almost crashing. The choice turned out to clearly be the better one, and he more than made up the 30s gap to the front runners in just 13 laps, to win the race by almost 10s. Cal Crutchlow had been very fast in the wet, but with a late tire change he was unable to hold off the charging Marquez, and finished second, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Dani Pedrosa finish sixth, but that was better than Valentino Rossi who’s choice to go to two intermediate tires later than most, doomed him to an eight place finish. Maverick Vinales finished 12th, Jorge Lorenzo 15th, and Pol Espargaro 19th.

Matt Kenseth took the victory at the NASCAR race in New Hampshire after a messy ending that saw four cautions in the last 40 laps, with the final caution coming with just 16 laps to go. Tony Stewart finished second, and Joey Logano third.

The defining moment in the Indycar race in Toronto came about when Josef Newgarden crashed on lap 58 – 2/3rds of the way to the end, and just as the pit window opened up. It meant that Will Power and Helio Castroneves among others had pitted, but Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, and Juan-Pablo Montoya hadn’t and doing so under the full course yellow put them back out on track outside the top 10. That bit of luck was all Power needed to drive home to the win, ahead of Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe. Those other three who pitted under yellow got back into the top 10, with Dixon finishing 8th and Pagenaud 9th, but with three laps to go Montoya crashed into the back of Jack Hawksworth after he’d hit the tire wall, leaving Montoya with a 20th place finish.

Week26PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his thirteenth outright win of the year with one tie. With iomracer missing this week, it has allowed Sebastian to take over the lead in the season long standings, although by only 1 point …

Week26Standings

July 17, 2016

2016 Week 26

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Welcome to week 26 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is in Germany at the Sachsenring; NASCAR is at the intermediate length track in Louden, New Hampshire; Indycar is on the road course in Toronto, Canada. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 25:

F1 England, NASCAR Kentucky, Indycar Iowa, USCC Mosport:

Week25Rslts

It was far from a straight-forward race for anyone at Silverstone in F1. A pre-race shower had the field start the race with wet tires, but as the track dried fast, everyone had to come in to change, choosing to do so right at the start behind the safety car, or when the virtual safety car came out just three laps into proper racing. It seems almost everyone went off track at some point, including Lewis Hamilton on lap 28. But he saved the car from going into the gravel, and went on to win the race by more than 6s over his teammate, Nico Rosberg. After the race Rosberg was demoted by the stewards to third, after they ruled that he’d been given “driver assistance” by his team when they told him not to use 6th gear after he reported gearbox problems. That allowed Max Verstappen to inherit the second spot. Daniel Ricciardo was fourth, but out of touch with the top three, and Kimi Raikkonen was even further behind in fifth. Sebastian Vettel had a miserable weekend that started with dropping five places on the starting grid after being penalized for a gearbox change; then in the race he spun, and later picked up a penalty for forcing Felipe Massa off the track, leaving him with a ninth place finish.

The NASCAR race in Kentucky turned out to be a battle of fuel mileage, and Brad Keselowski stretched his fuel-mileage the best to win the race. Joey Logano was one of the early racers to hit the wall and was out of the race after just 53 laps, leaving him with a 39th place finish.

In the Indycar race in Iowa only five drivers finished on the winning lap, and at one point there was only Josef Newgarden – the eventual winner – and Will Power on the lead lap. Scott Dixon got back on the lead lap by the end to finish third behind Power. Tony Kanaan got unlucky with pit stops when he pitted under green just before the yellow came out for a Max Chilton spin, allowing the rest of the field to pit under that yellow. So from challenging at the front, Kanaan dropped down the order and finished seventh.

The Corvettes dominated the USCC event at Mosport by taking the top four spots, with Action Express first and second with the #31 finishing with a 10s edge over the #5. This was a switch-around from the previous week’s race at Watkins Glen, and the first win for the #31 this year. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette finished fourth, and the #90 Visit Florida Corvette fifth. The #70 was the top Mazda in fifth place, and the only other car to finish on the lead lap.

Week25PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebatian and his twelfth outright win of the year, with one tie. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Week25Standings

July 7, 2016

2016 Week 25

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Welcome to week 25 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Silverstone in England; NASCAR is at the intermediate track at Kentucky; Indycar is at the oval in Iowa; and USCC is at Mosport in Canada. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 24:

F1 Austria, WRC Poland, NASCAR Daytona, USCC Watkins Glen:

Week24Rslts

A dramatic finish to the F1 race at Spielberg in Austria, when Mercedes teammates collided on the last lap as Lewis Hamilton tried an outside pass on Nico Rosberg. The officials judged it Rosberg’s fault, so based on that, it was just reward for Hamilton to come out the best and still take the win, while Rosberg, with a damaged car got passed by Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen to finish fourth. Sebastian Vettel was the victim of a tire failure, possibly due to delaying his pit stop too long, but nevertheless it ended his day and a 21st place finish. Valtteri Bottas had a quiet race, finishing 9th, after Sergio Perez, who was ahead of him, crashed out on the last lap.

A heartbreaking finish in the WRC event Poland. It looked like a Cinderella story, when Ott Tanak in the D-Mack tires Ford Fiesta took the lead of the rally, and with some manic driving slowly stretched it to 21s going into Sunday and the last four, short, stages. It would have been the maiden victory for both Tanak and D-Mack, but it wasn’t to be. On the penultimate stage, with just about 15km to go in the event, Tanak punctured and lost the lead, and the win, to Andreas Mikkelsen. To be fair, Mikkelsen had also driven hard the entire race, to keep within shouting distance of Tanak, so it was not entirely undeserved. And that penultimate stage was a rough one that resulted in many drivers suffering from punctures. But one can’t feel anything but empathy for how hard it was for Tanak to stand on the second step of the podium. Haddon Paddon was also fast all weekend, and took third place. Without the expected rain appearing on the first day, there was lots of loose gravel, which championship leader Sebastien Ogier had to sweep as first on the road. It was too much for Ogier to be a contender, and he had to settle for a sixth place finish behind Thierry Neuville in fourth, and Jari-Matti Latvala in fifth.

There was one “big one” at the NASCAR race in Daytona. Just after half way Jimmie Johnson got into Jamie MacMurray, and 22 cars were involved in the ensuring wreck. One of the drivers to avoid it all was Brad Keselowski. He was up front for most of the race, and managed to be the lead car going into the last lap, and held on for victory, his third of the year.

USCC was at Watkins Glen in New York, and it was a close race despite its six-hour distance, with the #5 Action Express Corvette beating the #31 Action Express Corvette by just 0.7s, with the #60 Michael Shank Honda/Ligier just 1s further back. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette was also in the mix, finishing fourth and only 7s off the winning time. The #90 Visit Florida Corvette was in contention for much the race, but a spin with just an hour and a half left, meant they could do no better than 6th place.

Week24PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his tenth outright win of the year. Solid WRC picks did the trick. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Week24Standings

June 27, 2016

2016 Week 24

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 7:12 am

Welcome to week 24 – four races this weekend. F1 is at Spielberg in Austria; WRC is in Poland; NASCAR is back at Daytona; and the USCC is at Watkins Glen in New York. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 23:

Moto GP Holland, NASCAR Sonoma, Indycar Wisconsin:

Week23Rslts

In racing it is often said that rain is the great equalizer when it comes to the machines themselves. This seems to have hit the mark in the Moto GP event at Assen in Holland, where second-tier rider Jack Miller made the best of changing conditions to win the event for the Marc VDS Honda team. The event started with a wet track, that looked like it might dry, until the rains came again. After a deluge that suspended the race for 30 minutes, it restarted with 12 laps to go. Then it was a crash fest with Andrea Dovizioso going down, then Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith, and Aleix Espargaro. Dani Pedrosa also came unstuck, but he managed to recover and finish the race in 12th place. The crashes handed the lead to Marc Marquez, but surprisingly he couldn’t keep the hard charging Miller at bay, and Miller passed with 7 laps to go, and spaced Marquez to win by 2 seconds. The next riders across the line were all fairly well spaced apart, with Scott Redding in third place, Pol Espargaro in fourth, and Andrea Iannone in fifth. Maverick Vinales seemed to struggle in the wet conditions, finishing in 9th, but that was better than Jorge Lorenzo, who also struggled and finished behind him in 10th.

In NASCAR the road race tracks are considered a “specialty” and indeed it always seems to be a smaller group of drivers who are good on road tracks that end up winning. Tony Stewart has shown in the past that he’s good on a road circuit, and combined with a bold pit strategy, he squeaked in the win at Sonoma (Sears Point) by getting around Denny Hamlin with only two corners left in the race. It was his first win in three years. Clint Bowyer is usually good at road races, but he only saw the 6th lap of the race when it was all over with an electrical problem that set the car on fire – he was classified 40th and last.

There was only one caution in the Indycar race at Road America, but after it came and the race restarted, there were only five laps to go. That made it a close finish, with Will Power managing to hold off Tony Kanaan to take the win by less than a second. Graham Rahul crossed the line in third. Juan Pablo Montoya was never a factor in the race, and finished in 7th place. Simon Pagenaud was second on that final restart, but then suffered an electrical problem and got passed by 11 drivers to finish down in 13th place. Scott Dixon finished 22nd and last when his engine failed just five laps into the race.

Week23PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his ninth outright win of the year. The NASCAR pick of Clint Bowyer hurt Sebastian’s score more than anything. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Week23Standings

2016 Week 23

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Welcome to week 23 – three races this weekend. Moto GP is in Holland; NASCAR is on the road race track in Sonoma, California (formerly known as Sears Point); and Indycar is in Wisconsin at the road track of Road America. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 22:

F1 Azerbaijan, WEC Le Mans:

Week22Rslts

Nico Rosberg got back to his winning ways with victory in F1 around the streets of Baku in Azerbaijan. He had taken pole position in qualifying and got away from the line first in the race, and never ceded the lead. Sebastian Vettel had another solid race with a second place finish. His Ferrari teammate looked like he might take third, but was passed on the final lap by Sergio Perez; anyway Raikkonen ended up with a 5s penalty for a pit-entry violation so would have been classified 4th regardless. In fifth was Lewis Hamilton who had to move through the field from his 10th place qualifying position, and he was thwarted with technical issue with his car throughout most of the race. Valtteri Bottas was the best of the Willaims/Mercedes finishing 6th, just ahead of the Red Bull Renault of Daniel Ricciardo. Felipe Massa was 10th, behind Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg.

The 24 hours of Le Mans is designed to be a test of endurance for the elite sports cars of the world. The #5 Toyota looked like it was going to survive the full distance and win the race, but after around 23 hours and 55 minutes it lost power, and victory passed to the #2 Porsche. At least the #6 Toyota was in the next spot to take the final podium position. Then came the two Audis, the #8 and the #7, 12 laps and 17 laps down on the Porsche respectively. Despite crossing the finish line, at the end, its 11m 53s last lap was too slow to be counted as racing, and the #5 Toyota was removed from the classified finishers list, moving up the #6 Toyota to second, and the #8 Audi to third. The #12 Rebellion car finished 54 laps down in 29th place after multiple issues needing visits to the garage, but it was still the highest finishing privateer LMP1 car.

Week22PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 11th outright win of the year. The #12 Rebellion pick in WEC doomed iomracer’s score. No changes in positions in the year-long standings …

Week22Standings

June 13, 2016

2016 Week 22

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:44 am

Welcome to week 22 – two races this weekend: F1 is in Baku City in Azerbaijan; and WEC hosts the 24 hours of Le Mans. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 21:

F1 Montreal, WRC Italy, NASCAR Michigan, Indycar Texas:

Week21Rslts

In the F1 race around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel by employing a one-stop pit strategy versus Vettel’s two-stop strategy. Third place finisher Valtteri Bottas also went with one stop. At the start of the race Vettel got around both Mercedes to lead the race into turn 1. Hamilton followed him on the inside of the track while Nico Rosberg tried an outside move which, upon contact with Hamilton, pushed him out into the grass, losing lots of places. The best he could do then was to spend the rest if the race scrambling to make up positions, eventually finishing 5th behind Max Verstappen. Kimi Raikkonen was also using the clearly inferior two-stop pit strategy, so finished 6th, and only just on the lead lap. Behind him, Daniel Ricciardo was the only other driver to finish on the lead lap, in 7th.

As usual with the WRC Rally Italy, some big names had a disastrous event due to the tough conditions. Haddon Paddon was the first of the big names out, when he left the road at high speed and crushed the back of the car beyond repair. Mads Ostberg was doing quite well going into the last day, and even winning stage 12 on Saturday, but on Sunday he hit a rock and broke his suspension, and was out. No points for picking either driver. Andreas Mikkelsen also hit a rock and broke part of his suspension on Sunday, but he managed to struggle through to the finish and 13th place. At the pointy-end of the leaderboard, Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala were in a class of their own. Neuville had the lead going into Saturday and didn’t relinquish it through Sunday, winning his 2nd ever WRC event, 25s ahead of Latvala. Sebastien Ogier was more than a minute further behind having spent the event sweeping the roads, but he was well ahead of Dani Sordo in 4th.

The NASCAR race in Michigan was won by Joey Logano, who also led the most laps in the race. As expected with a restrictor-plate race, it was a close finish with Chase Elliott less than a 1s behind in second, and Kyle Larson in third.

The Indycar race in Texas was washed out after rain on both the scheduled race day of Saturday, and then again on Sunday. It has been rescheduled for the week between the Pocono and Boston races (week 32 of TMRG). The cars did manage to get 71 of 248 laps in, and will resume with lap 72 on that late-August weekend in the order they stood when the red-flag came out: James Hinchcliffe in the lead, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mikhail Aleshin, Will Power, and Ed Carpenter. Scott Dixon was in 14th place, and Josef Newgarden was 22nd and last after a massive crash which resulted in him going to the hospital with a broken collarbone and a fracture in his right hand. Conor Daly was also involved in the crash, but walked away without injury. Newgarden will be allowed to resume at the race in August, but will start 35-laps down, which was how he was listed on the leaderboard at the stoppage. For TMRG, zero points will be scored this week (per rule 5i). Rule 5i provides a cancelled race as an example of a result not declared, but this is only an example, and postponement to a different week seems to be equally applicable as a “result is not declared” for this week. The resumed race in August will be added as an additional event for TMRG, and new picks may be made then, if desired.

Week21PickRslts

Congratulations to iomracer and his eighth win of the year. Both players picked a non-scoring driver in WRC, and with no scores in Indycar, the winning pick came down to Bottas in F1 versus Latvala in WRC, with Latvala giving iomracer the win by finishing 2nd. No changes in positions in the year-long standings …

Week21Standings

June 7, 2016

2016 Week 21

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Welcome to week 21 – four races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal, Canada; WRC is in Italy on the island of Sardegna; NASCAR visits the superspeedway in Michigan; and Indycar is at Texas Motor Speedway. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 20:

Moto GP Catalunya, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Michigan, USCC Michigan:

Week20Rslts

Valentino Rossi won a close Moto GP race at Catalunya in Spain over Marc Marquez. Rossi had a bad start and took a few laps to catch up to the leading pack. Once Rossi arrived leader Jorge Lorenzo started to struggle, dropping behind Rossi, then Marquez, then Dani Pedrosa, then Maverick Vinales. The final blow for Lorenzo was when Andrea Iannone caught him up, then took him out when he (Iannone) crashed. So Lorenzo ended up classified 19th. Rossi and Marquez spent the rest of the race swapping the lead, but a mistake by Marquez on the penultimate lap gave Rossi the small cushion he needed to take the win. Pedrosa wasn’t far behind to take third behind Marquez. Vinales finished fourth, but was not in touch with the top three.

The NASCAR race at the big tri-oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain. There was still plenty of action with ten cautions. The last of them came and went back to green just outside of the fuel window for many drivers. But not for Kurt Busch who employed a fuel saving drive to win the race on fumes, just ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who used the same tactic. Behind them in third was Brad Keselowski.

Indycar on Belle Island was a two-race affair – the only double race on the Indy calendar this year. The first race was decided by pit strategies, with Sebastien Bourdais choosing the right one. A fuel-only last stop put him in second place behind Conor Daly. But Daly had one more stop to go, so once he went in the lead was Bourdais’, and he went on to win by 2s over Daly. Juan Pablo Montoya was 3.7s further behind in third place. Simon Pagenaud’s pit strategy was not so good, and a late additional stop for fuel dropped him down to a 13th place finish. But that was better than Will Power who lost a wheel and was out of the race, classified in 20th place. The second race was less about pit-stops and more about good close racing. Pagenaud held the lead for much of the race, but a switch to harder tires took away his advantage. After Pablo Montoya hit the wall bringing out an all-course yellow, Will Power got around Pagenaud on the restart, and then held on to take the win. As in the past, TMRG points are given based on the drivers’ average finishing result from both races. For our picks this put Will Power in 4th place, Simon Pagenaud in 5th, and Juan Pablo Montoya in 10th.

The USCC was also on Belle Island. About half way a full course caution came out, and when the race resumed it was headed by a bunch of lapped GT cars, then some PC cars, then Barbosa and Taylor in the Prototypes. It was Taylor in the #10 Corvette that executed the best overtaking maneuvers, getting around the two PC cars and Barbosa in one move, then picking off the GT cars to keep some space between himself and Barbosa, to take the win by less than 2s. Behind the #5 Action Express Corvette of Barbosa, the top PC car took the final overall podium spot with an excellent run by the #8 Starworks Oreca. The #90 Visit Florida Corvette suffered a double crash only 14 minutes into the race. First the car clipped a tire barrier that took off the rear wing, and then with a lack of downforce the car spun into the barriers and then into the #31 Action Express Corvette. That was the end of the race for the #40 and a 27th and last place finish. The #31 managed to get to the pits, but it took 17 laps for them to get the car back into the race, and so a 23rd place finish.

Week20PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his tenth outright win of the year. Solid picks in Indycar made the difference. No changes in positions in the standings…

Week20Standings

June 5, 2016

Indycar Detroit Double-Header

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June 2, 2016

2016 Week 20

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:07 pm

Welcome to week 20 – four races this weekend. Moto GP is at Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR is on the tri-oval at Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar is on Belle Island, in Detroit, Michigan; and joining Indycar on Belle Island is the USCC.  Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 19:

F1 Monte Carlo, NASCAR Charlotte, Indycar Indianapolis 500:

Week19Rslts

Lewis Hamilton was gifted the F1 win in Monte Carlo when the Red Bull team called leader Daniel Ricciardo into the pits before the pit crew was ready. The delay gave Hamilton the lead and he didn’t relinquish it, beating Ricciardo at the end by just over 7s. Sergio Perez had a great race in the Force India car to take third, holding off the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso also had a great race in the McLaren to finish fifth, and Nico Hulkenberg got around Nico Rosberg (who had brake issues) on the last lap to take sixth place. Just after the race got going Kimi Raikkonen overshot the hairpin, and when he rejoined he did so right in front of Felipe Massa who ran into the back of him, causing him to crash again, this time taking Romain Grosjean with him. That left Raikkonen classified in 21st place. Massa went on to finish 10th. Valtteri Bottas didn’t have a good race, compounded with a collision with Esteban Gutierrez on the last lap, which the stewards said was Bottas’ fault, giving him a 10s penalty and a 12th place finish. Max Verstappen had a worse race, having to start from the pits, and then crashing out, ending classified in 18th place. And Daniil Kvyat had a problem with his steering wheel at the start of the race, immediately losing him a lap, and then collided with Kevin Magnussen to put him out of the race for good, classified in 20th place.

Martin Truex Jr. absolutely dominated the NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina, by starting on pole and leading 392 of the 400 laps. The 8 laps he didn’t lead were while he was in the pits. Kevin Harvick made a late challenge to Truex, but couldn’t get around and had to settle for second place, ahead of Jimmie Johnson – the only other lap leader of the race.

The Indianapolis 500 was won by the last American hope for F1 – Alexander Rossi. Rossi “grew up” in the European racing series, leading to an F1 drive with Manor Marussia. But Manor are not a competitive team, so when he got an offer to race in the Herta/Andretti team at the Indy 500, how could he refuse, despite having no oval experience? And while his win obviously showcased his driving talents, terrific pit strategy also played an important role, as he stretched his final tank of gas to coast across the finishing line on empty, and take the win. Scott Dixon simply didn’t have the pace at the Indy 500, qualifying a lowly 13th, and finishing 8th mostly because of attrition from cars ahead of him. Helio Castroneves had a couple of issues during the race, first losing his front wing in a collision with Townsend Bell, and then suffering from a loose rear wheel guard toward the end of the race, to leave him with an 11th place finish. Simon Pagenaud made a pit error when he pulled out into Mikhail Aleshin, which the stewards deemed his fault, and placed him at the back of the field, from where he could only recover to a 19th place finish. Juan Pablo Montoya had the worse race of everyone, when he was the first of the field to crash out just after ¼ distance, leaving him classified 33rd and last.

Week19PickRslts

Congratulations to Iomracer who squeaks out the win over Sebastian. Many popular drivers had issues in Monte Carlo and at the Indy 500, so ultimately the win came down to luck and which picked drivers suffered the least. No changes in position in the season long standings…

Week19Standings

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