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:
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.
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 …