Welcome to week 28 – three races this weekend. 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, USCC Lime Rock:
Up to the Hungary GP Mercedes had won every race except one, that one being the second race of the year, the Malaysian GP which was won by Ferrari. In Hungary Ferrari again managed to better Mercedes when Sebastian Vettel took the victory. In fact both Mercedes suffered from contact, with Lewis Hamilton colliding with Daniel Ricciardo, and Nico Rosberg also tanging with Ricciardo while in second. With damage to both Mercedes needing extra pit stops, Hamilton finished the race in 6th and Rosberg in 8th. Ricciardo however did not suffer too badly and managed to grab the final podium position at the end, finishing just behind his teammate Daniil Kvyat. The two drivers finishing between Ricciardo and Hamilton were Max Verstappen in 4th and Fernando Alonso in 5th. Valtteri Bottas got driven into by Max Verstappen, leaving Bottas with a 13th place finish. Kimi Raikkonen suffered a terminal mechanicl problem 14 laps from the end, leaving him with an 18th place finish.
NASCAR was on the big oval at Indianapolis, and was won by Kyle Busch which surprisingly (for NASCAR) meant three wins in a row by the same driver. Second place Joey Logano and third place Kevin Harvick were the two to challenge Busch for the win at the end, just like the last race – so even more consistency from a usually hard to predict series. Carl Edwards was second with just over 10 laps to go, but then went to the pits which doomed him to a 13th place finish at the checkered flag.
USCC was at Lime Rock Park with only the Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) cars racing. All but one of the PC cars finished ahead of the GTD cars. Winning the race was the #52 PR1/Mathiasen car 8 seconds ahead of the #11 RSR Racing car. One lap down in third was the #8 Starworks car finishing 5 seconds ahead of the #54 CORE Autosport car. 4 laps down and in 5th place was the #16 BAR1 Motorsports car.
Congratulations to me and my ninth win of the year with one tie. The difference was my pick of the #16 USCC car over Greased Lightning’s pick of Carl Edwards. No changes in the season-long standings, but Greased Lightning is now only 5 points behind Sebastian; one more missed week by Sebastian will give Greased Lightning the second spot …