Welcome to week 24 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Silverstone in England; WRC is in Poland; NASCAR is at Daytona. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-twenty-four-guide-and-links/. Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.
Many thanks to Sebastian for scoring the last two weeks while I was computerless on vacation.
Scores from week 23:
MotoGP Netherlands, NASCAR Sonoma, Indycar Fontana, USCC Watkins Glen:
At the Moto GP race at Assen in Holland, Valentino Rossi got back to the top step after beating Marc Marquez in a close race that saw them bump on the last lap which briefly sent Rossi off-track. Jorge Lorenzo had a poor qualifying and had to fight to get to a third place finish – he never threatened Rossi or Marquez. Lorenzo’s fight was with the fourth through tenth place riders who battled closely throughout the race. In fourth finished Andrea Iannone, followed by Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow. Our other pick, Andrea Dovizioso, couldn’t mix it with the top ten, and finished in 12th.
The Indycar race at the big Fontana oval in California was close throughout the 500 miles with almost a record number of lead changes. This was a result of “pack” racing, which was criticized by most of the racers as dangerous. The racing I do is mostly “pack” racing, albeit at considerably slower speeds, so I disagree with the drivers’ opinions, instead redirecting the criticism to the 220+ mph speeds they race at. Instead of eliminating pack racing as suggested by the drivers, leading to dominating teams, which is uninteresting to spectators, they should reduce the speeds – 200 mph still produces exciting racing, while leading to more manageable safety, as NASCAR has proven. The drivers’ point was nevertheless emphasized by a horrendous last lap crash between Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay with Briscoe going airborne and destroying his car on landing. Fortunately both drivers walked away. Graham Rahal won the race under caution. Just four laps earlier Takuma Sato and Will Power had got together with Sato hitting the wall hard and bringing out the red flag (mostly to give a chance for the race to finish under green) – both drivers were unhurt. Power finished 19th. Helio Castroneves also crashed early in the race, finishing 23rd and last. Simon Pagenaud started the race from pole, and finished ninth. Juan Pablo Montoya was a challenger for win all race long, and finished fourth, maintaining his lead in the Indycar championship.
The Busch brothers took the spoils at the Sears Point road course in NASCAR, with Kyle beating Kurt. Jeff Gordon found himself in third place with seven laps to go, but he was on old tires when almost everyone behind him had fresh tires, and the combination meant Gordon went backwards through the last seven laps down to a 16th place finish. David Ragan and Martin Truex Jr. got together on lap 30 (of 110) putting Truex out of the race and a 42nd place finish. Truex blamed Ragen, but it looked like Truex started it at the prior corner – Ragen just finished it off.
At Watkins Glen the #90 Visit Florida Corvette took the USCC win under the yellow flag, beating the #01 Ganassi Racing Riley/Ford. The #5 Action Express Corvette was third and the only other car on the lead lap after six hours of racing. The other Action Express Corvette, the #31, finished 2 laps down in 8th place. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette had the lead with 30 minutes to go, but crashed out and finished in 28th place.
Congratulations to Sebastian and his fourth win of the year. Solid Indycar picks did the job. No changes in the season-long standings …