The Motor Racing Game

June 26, 2018

2018 Week 21

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:20 pm

Welcome to week 21 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is in Catalunya in Spain, and WEC has the 24 hours of Le Mans in France. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 20:

F1 Montreal, WRC Italy, NASCAR Michigan, Indycar Texas, Formula E Switzerland:

Results – Week 20
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar Formula e
1 Sebastian Vettel Thierry Neuville Clint Bowyer Scott Dixon Lucas di Grassi
2 Valtteri Bottas Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick Simon Pagenaud Sam Bird
3 Max Verstappen Esapekka Lappi Kurt Busch Alexander Rossi Jerome d’Ambrosio
4 Daniel Ricciardo Hayden Paddon Kyle Busch James Hinchcliffe Andre Lotterer
5 Lewis Hamilton Mads Ostberg Paul Menard Ryan Hunter-Reay Sebastien Buemi
6 Kimi Raikkonen Craig Breen Brad Keselowski Graham Rahal Nick Heidfeld
7 Nico Hulkenberg Jari-Matti Latvala Joey Logano Takuma Sato Mitch Evans
8 Carlos Sainz Ott Tanak Ryan Blaney Sebastien Bourdais Antonio Felix da Costa
9 Esteban Ocon Jan Kopecky Chase Elliott Ed Jones Oliver Turvey
10 Charles Leclerc Teemu Suninen Jamie McMurray Charlie Kimball Jean-Eric Vergne

F1 was in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Sebastian Vettel took the win from pole position, beating Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton struggled with a car that seemed to have moments of low power. By the time Mercedes figured it out, it was too late for Hamilton to do anything but accept a fifth-place finish behind Daniel Ricciardo, but ahead of sixth place Kimi Raikkonen.

WRC was on the island of Sardegna for rally Italy. Being a gravel rally, it was expected to be an uphill challenge for Thierry Neuville, who as championship leader had to sweep the roads for those behind. Sebastian Ogier didn’t have it much better starting second. But the rains poured down before the rally started, which made things much easier for both. And with others encountering issues, it became a two-driver race between them. By the final stage on Sunday, Ogier had a 0.8s lead on Neuville. But it was Neuville with the big push on the Power Stage, and won the rally by 0.7s, the third closest finish in the history of the WRC. Esapekka Lappi was the best of the rest finishing third, but almost two minutes down on Ogier. Ott Tanak suffered radiator damage from a heavy landing on Saturday’s last stage and retired. He returned under Rally 2 rules, but with the penalty could only reach 8th by the end.

NASCAR was on the superspeedway in Michigan in a race that was plagued with rain. Rain delayed the start by more than 2½ hours, and then cut the race short after 133 laps. But that was enough to make the result official, with Clint Bowyer taking the win over Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch.

Indycar was at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and the race was dominated by Scott Dixon who took the victory over Simon Pagenaud by more than four seconds. Alexander Rossi was close behind Pagenaud to take third. A controversial moment in the race was early on when Matheus Leist crashed and his car caught fire. He got out quickly, but it took more than 30 seconds before a fire truck arrived. The track blamed Indycar, and Indycar said that had to hold the safety crew until the track conditions were safe for them. It’s a tough decision, and I personally hope that it’ll lead to more fire crews around the track who can reach a stricken car more quickly.

Formula E was racing around the streets of Zurich in Switzerland, the first time in 68 years that Switzerland has allowed racing, after they banned it following the disaster in the 1958 Le Mans race in which 83 spectators were killed when Pierre Bouillin crashed (he also lost his life). Obviously safer these days than in the ‘50’s there was nevertheless an early crash in the race when Nelson Piquet Jr. and Daniel Abt got together. No such problems for Lucas di Grassi who moved himself from a sixth place start through the field to take the lead just after half way, and went on to take the win by 7.5s ahead of Sam Bird. Jean-Eric Vergne started well down the field in 17th, he climbed as high as 7th before a slow pit stop dropped him back down the order. Another battle forward was again thwarted when he was penalized for speeding under a full course yellow, so 10th was his final finishing position.

Week-20 Player’s Scores iom Seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Max Verstappen 35
Lewis Hamilton 30 30
Kimi Raikkonen 28
Thierry Neuville 50 50
Sebastien Ogier 40 40
Ott Tanak 24
Scott Dixon 50
Alexander Rossi 35
Formula e
Lucas di Grassi 50
Sam Bird 40 40
Jean-Eric Vergne 20 20
Totals: 379 383

Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his eleventh win of the year. The difference was Sebastian’s Kimi Raikkonen pick in F1 over iomracer’s Ott Tanak pick in WRC. No changes in positions in the standings…

Standings after week 20:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 5459 433 5026
2 2 iomracer 5396 -63 429 4967 -59
3 3 New Players 4879 -517 386 4493 -474



June 4, 2018

2018 Week 20

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 7:45 pm

Welcome to week 20 – five races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal in Canada; WRC has a gravel event on the island of Sardinia in Italy, absent Kris Meeke who was fired by Citroen for crashing too often; NASCAR is on the superspeedway in Michigan; Indycar is on the oval of Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas; and Formula E takes to the streets of Zurich in Switzerland.  Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 19:

MotoGP Italy, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Michigan, USCC Michigan:

Results – Week 19
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar Race 1 Indycar Race 2 Indycar Combined USCC
1 Jorge Lorenzo Martin Truex Jr. Scott Dixon Ryan Hunter-Reay Ryan Hunter-Reay 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
2 Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Larson Ryan Hunter-Reay Will Power Scott Dixon 7-Penske
3 Valentino Rossi Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi Ed Jones Will Power 6-Penske
4 Andrea Iannone Kevin Harvick Marco Andretti Scott Dixon Ed Jones 2-Tequila-Patron ESM
5 Alex Rins Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato Graham Rahal Marco Andretti 10-Konica Minolta
6 Cal Crutchlow Ryan Blaney Ed Jones Robert Wickens Alexander Rossi 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
7 Danilo Petrucci Aric Almirola Will Power Tony Kanaan Robert Wickens 22-Tequila Patron ESM
8 Maverick Vinales Jimmie Johnson Robert Wickens Charlie Kimball Takuma Sato 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
9 Alvaro Bautista Joey Logano Josef Newgarden Marco Andretti Tony Kanaan 77-Mazda Motorsports
10 Johann Zarco Chase Elliott Spencer Pigot Simon Pagenaud Josef Newgarden 85-JDC-Miller Motosports

There was great excitement in Italy when home-country star Valentino Rossi took pole position in the MotoGP qualifying at Mugello. But it was Jorge Lorenzo who got the jump at the start to lead, and a few laps later Marc Marquez got around Rossi for second. Marquez started putting pressure on Lorenzo, but it didn’t last long. On lap 5 Marquez lost the front of his bike and crashed. He re-boarded but had lost so must time, 16th was the best he could do by the finish. Meanwhile, upfront, Lorenzo started to pull away. His Ducati teammate of Andrea Dovizioso got around Rossi, and also pulled away. For the rest of the race Rossi had a battle for third with Andrea Iannone, Danilo Petrucci, and Alex Rins. A mistake from Iannone at the end let Rossi clear, and for a brief time it looked like Rossi might catch Dovizioso. But there weren’t enough laps left, so Dovizioso finished second ahead of Rossi, then Iannone, Petrucci, and Rins. Neither Maverick Vinales nor Johann Zarco had good races, finishing eighth and tenth respectively.

At the NASCAR race on the superspeedway in Pocono, Pennsylvania, Martin Truex Jr. took a gamble when the last caution of the race came out for debris with 20 laps to go, by staying out and not taking fresh tires. But it payed off when he managed to drive away at the restart with seven laps to go, and take the win ahead of Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch.

Indycar had a double-header on Belle Isle in Michigan. In the first race Scott Dixon got his first win of the year by an almost 2s margin over Ryan Hunter-Reay, with Alexander Rossi finishing 2+s further behind. Joseph Newgarden finished ninth. In the second race it was Ryan Hunter-Reay who got the better of the rest of the field, winning ahead of Will Power and Ed Jones. Scott Dixon took fourth. Alexander Rossi could not do as well as in race 1, and finished 12th, while Josef Newgarden was also out of the top 10, with a 15th place finish. That meant Ryan Hunter-Reay won the combined race per the Motor Racing Game rules, with Scott Dixon in second and Will Power third. Alexander Rossi combined for 6th, and Josef Newgarden 10th.

It was a close race with the USCC cars supporting Indycar at Belle Isle in Michigan, with the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac taking the win by just 1s over the #7 Acura. The #6 Acura wasn’t far behind and gave the manufacturer two spots on the podium by finishing third. The #2 Tequila Patron Nissan was fourth, so three of the four DPi manufacturers finished strong. The exception was Mazda, with the #77 only being able to get to 9th at the finish line. The other two Cadillac’s, the #10 Konica Minolta and the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing, finished 5th and 6th respectively.

Week-19 Player’s Scores iom seb
Valentino Rossi 35 35
Maverick Vinales 24
Johann Zarco 20 20
Marc Marquez 14 14
Scott Dixon 40 40
Alexander Rossi 28
Josef Newgarden 20 20
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 50 50
7-Penske 40
10-Konica Minolta 30 30
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 28 28
77-Mazda Motorsports 22
Totals: 287 301

Congratulations to Sebastian and his tenth win of the year. Sebastian’s pick of the #7 Penske in USCC versus iomracer’s #77 Mazda pick was the biggest difference. No changes in positions in the season long standings…

Standings after week 19:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 5026 301 4725
2 2 iomracer 4967 -59 287 4680 -45
3 3 New Players 4493 -474 258 4235 -445


June 3, 2018

2018 Detroit Double-Header Result

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 11:00 pm

May 28, 2018

2018 Week 19

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:56 pm

Welcome to week 19 – four races this weekend. MotoGP is at Mugello in Italy; NASCAR is on the Super Speedway of Pocono in Pennsylvania; Indycar has their only double-header of the season on Belle Island in Michigan; and USCC supports Indycar on Belle Island. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 18:

F1 Monte Carlo, Indycar Indianapolis (500), NASCAR Charlotte (Coca-Cola 600):

Results – Week 18
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Daniel Ricciardo Kyle Busch Will Power
2 Sebastian Vettel Martin Truex Jr. Ed Carpenter
3 Lewis Hamilton Denny Hamlin Scott Dixon
4 Kimi Raikkonen Brad Keselowski Alexander Rossi
5 Valtteri Bottas Jimmie Johnson Ryan Hunter-Reay
6 Esteban Ocon Jamie McMurray Simon Pagenaud
7 Pierre Gasly Kyle Larson Carlos Munoz
8 Nico Hulkenberg Kurt Busch Josef Newgarden
9 Max Verstappen Alex Bowman Robert Wickens
10 Carlos Sainz Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Graham Rahal

Everyone pretty much agreed – including some drivers – that the F1 race in Monte Carlo was a bore. Once off the grid and sorted through turn one, there was almost no changes in position for anyone. As one fan said on Twitter, “they go around in circles for 90 minutes, during which nothing happens … never tell me cricket is boring.” One exception to the no-passing parade was Max Verstappen, who started at the back of the grid due to a pre-qualifying crash, and managed to make his way up to a 9th place finish. At the front through, it was Daniel Ricciardo who started on pole and led the entire race. Half way through the race Ricciardo’s Red Bull car went down on power, and he only had six gears available for the remaining half. But emphasizing how overtaking is not a thing in Monte Carlo, Ricciardo still held off Sebastian Vettel for the win. Lewis Hamilton started third and finished third. Kimi Raikkonen started fourth and finished fourth. Valtteri Bottas started fifth, and not surprisingly, finished fifth. Fernando Alonso had an engine failure about two-thirds into the race and finished 20th and last.

The Indianapolis 500 was a good race, especially for Will Power. Power has been in Indycar for 10 years, during which time he’s won the championship (2014), won 28 races, and qualified on pole 41 times. But the Indy 500 was missing from his resume. So, when he took the checkered flag to win the 500 on Sunday, many people said it was a just and fitting trophy for his career. He did need a little help in the form of great gas-mileage from his Penske car, something Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey both ran short of with just a handful of laps to go, forcing them into the pits and giving Power the win. But that’s why everyone races hard – you have to be at the front to take advantage of these things, so it was a deserved victory for Power. The demise of Wilson and Harvey also put Ed Carpenter and Scott Dixon on the podium, in second and third place respectively. Alexander Rossi almost had a fairytale race, starting at the back of the grid, but making his way to the pointy-end of the field to finish in fourth. Simon Pagenaud had a decent race, starting seventh and racing in the top 10 for most of the event, he finished sixth. Joseph Newgarden was on the grid one place ahead of Pagenaud, but finished in eighth – still a good race. Helio Castroneves also started on the grid in the top 10, and ran much of the race in the top ten, until he became one of the seven victims of crashes for the day, finishing classified in 27th.

Kyle Busch dominated the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 race in Charlotte. He led 377 of 400 laps to take an easy win over Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin. All-Star race winner Kevin Harvick had a disastrous race, crashing out after just 82 laps, leaving him classified 40th and last.

Week-18 Player’s Scores iom seb
Daniel Ricciardo 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Lewis Hamilton 35 35
Kimi Raikkonen 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Max Verstappen 22
Fernando Alonso 10
Kevin Harvick 1
Scott Dixon 35 35
Alexander Rossi 32
Simon Pagenaud 28
Josef Newgarden 24 24
Helio Castroneves 3
Totals: 307 281

Congratulations to iomracer and his eighth win of the year. While unfortunate with his Kevin Harvick pick, iomracer’s good Indycar picks made up for the shortfall, made easier with the unfortunate engine failure of Alonso and the crash of Castroneves, two of Sebastian’s picks who were both running well in their respective races before dropping out. No changes in positions in the season long standings…

Standings after week 18:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4725 281 4444
2 2 iomracer 4680 -45 307 4373 -71
3 3 New Players 4235 -445 253 3982 -391


May 20, 2018

2018 Week 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:33 pm

Welcome to week 18 – three races this weekend. F1 has their iconic Monaco Grand Prix around the Principality’s streets; NASCAR remains in Charlotte, North Carolina after their All-Star weekend, for the Coca-Cola 600; and Indycar racing has their famed 500 at Indianapolis Speedway. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 17:

WRC Portugal, MotoGP France, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star Race), Formula E Germany:

Results – Week 17
Pos WRC MotoGP NASCAR Formula e
1 Thierry Neuville Marc Marquez Kevin Harvick Daniel Abt
2 Elfyn Evans Danilo Petrucci Daniel Suarez Lucas di Grassi
3 Teemu Suninen Valentino Rossi Joey Logano Jean-Eric Vergne
4 Dani Sordo Jack Miller Denny Hamlin Sebastien Buemi
5 Esapekka Lappi Dani Pedrosa Chase Elliott Oliver Turvey
6 Mads Ostberg Jorge Lorenzo Jimmie Johnson Mitch Evans
7 Craig Breen Maverick Vinales Kyle Larson Sam Bird
8 Pontus Tidemand Cal Crutchlow AJ Allmendinger Maro Engel
9 Lukasz Pieniaze Aleix Espargaro Kyle Busch Andre Lotterer
10 Stephane Lefebvre Alex Rins Kasey Kahne Nick Heidfeld

The harsh gravel roads of Portugal presented problems to many of the top drivers in the WRC event. Among the victims was Sebastian Ogier who broke a steering arm on one corner and went off the road into the trees on the next corner; he came back under Rally 2 rules but finished 21st with no championship points. Ott Tanak hit a big rock that punctured the engine and put him out of the rally (so no points for picking him). Kris Meeke also had a high-speed crash which wrecked the car, and he was out. Jari-Matti Latvala broke another suspension (same as in Argentina) and also had to come back in Rally 2. And returning Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon had a big crash that resulted in him going to hospital, although he was ok. All that left Thierry Neuville to dominate at the head of the field, and with no issues he took an easy victory, ahead of Elfyn Evans who was well clear of the third-place driver. That third place was hotly contested, with Dani Sordo holding it for most of the rally, until he was penalized 10s for driving “through” two straw bales on a street stage. With the position being so tight, it dropped him to fifth leaving Teemu Suninen and Esapekka Lappi to battle it out for the final podium spot, ultimately going to Suninen. Post-rally Lappi was hit with a similar 10s penalty to what was given to Sordo, re-promoting Sordo to fourth.

All of the action in the French round of the MotoGP series came in the beginning when Jorge Lorenzo, Johann Zarco, Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Petrucci, and Valentino Rossi all battled for the lead positions for the first 10 laps. Dovizioso was the first to drop out, crashing out from the lead when he lost the front end, much to his surprise based on his gesticulations after the crash; he was classified 22nd at the end. Then Zarco crashed on lap seven trying to hold onto second place, leaving him classified 21st. That put Marquez behind Lorenzo in the battle for the lead, and when Marquez passed on lap nine, that was the deciding move, with Marquez riding away for the win. Behind him, Lorenzo couldn’t hold off Dani Petrucci and Valentino Rossi, who passed to take second and third places respectively. Lorenzo actually dropped to a sixth-place finish. Maverick Vinales had a miserable race, being as low as 13th at one point, but managed to rally to a 7th place finish.

NASCAR had their All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. They put new one-time rules in place to reduce HP and make the cars draft, even though it was “only” a 1.5 mile oval. It seemed to bring the results NASCAR were looking for, with tight racing through all of the short “Stages”, and with Kevin Harvick eventually taking a last-lap win over Daniel Suarez. Next week the cars return to their normal configuration, so the All-Star race is unlikely to be any indication of who will be competitive for the 600, beyond the usual suspects.

Formula E was in Berlin, Germany, and the home crowd must have been pleased to see the Audi team take a one-two finish with Daniel Abt winning by 7s ahead of his team-mate, Lucas di Grassi. There were a lot of position changes down the order, but once again the privateer team of Techeetah with Jean-Eric Vergne at the wheel managed to beat the factory Renault team into third place, with Sebastien Buemi finishing fourth. Sam Bird had an uneventful race, finishing seventh. And Felix Rosenqvist could not do any better than 11th.

Week-17 Player’s Scores iom seb
Thierry Neuville 50 50
Sebastien Ogier 9 9
Ott Tanak 0 0
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi 35
Maverick Vinales 26
Johann Zarco 9 9
Andrea Dovizioso 8
Formula e
Lucas di Grassi 40
Jean-Eric Vergne 35 35
Sebastien Buemi 32 32
Sam Bird 26
Felix Rosenqvist 19
Totals: 272 252

Congratulations to iomracer and his seventh win of the year. Solid picks in MotoGP led to a 20 point victory, although no changes in positions in the season-long standings…

Standings after week 17:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4444 252 4192
2 2 iomracer 4373 -71 272 4101 -91
3 3 New Players 3982 -391 227 3755 -346


May 14, 2018

2018 Week 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:33 pm

Welcome to week 17 – four races this weekend. WRC is back in Europe at Rally Portugal; MotoGP is at Le Mans in France; NASCAR has their all-star race in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Formula E is racing around the temporary course at Tempelhof Field in Berlin, Germany. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 16:

F1 Spain, NASCAR Kansas, Indycar Indianapolis (road course):

Results – Week 16
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Kevin Harvick Will Power
2 Valtteri Bottas Martin Truex Jr. Scott Dixon
3 Max Verstappen Joey Logano Robert Wickens
4 Sebastian Vettel Kyle Larson Sebastien Bourdais
5 Daniel Ricciardo Denny Hamlin Alexander Rossi
6 Kevin Magnussen Paul Menard Helio Castroneves
7 Carlos Sainz Erik Jones James Hinchcliffe
8 Fernando Alonso Kurt Busch Simon Pagenaud
9 Sergio Perez Aric Almirola Graham Rahal
10 Charles Leclerc Kyle Busch Takuma Sato

Mercedes finally got the one-two result they were looking for in F1 in Spain, both in qualifying and in the race. It was an easy victory for Lewis Hamilton, who drove away from the field from the start. It was a little tougher for Valtteri Bottas who got passed at the start by Sebastian Vettel. But Vettel’s Ferrari team took a gamble later in the race under a safety car by making an extra pit stop. Although pit stops under the safety car have worked out well in earlier races, that was not the case in Spain, and Vettel dropped to fourth, where he would finish. Max Verstappen managed to finish third, despite losing a part of his front wing when he hit Lance Stroll under a virtual safety car. Daniel Ricciardo was another to have a problem under the virtual safety car, when he solo-spun at the slower speed. He recovered to finish fifth. Fernando Alonso dropped a lot of places in the opening lap, avoiding some mid-field carnage when Romain Grosjean spun in front of most of the field, and collected two other cars. Alonso recovered to an eighth-place finish. Kimi Raikkonen had to park his Ferrari after only 25 laps, with a very sick sounding engine – he was classified 17th at the finish.

The NASCAR race at Kansas was a bit of a bore for the first 230 or so laps (of 267), with the cars quickly spacing out after the start and after the stages, then just circling with little of interest going on. But then the action started, with three crashes in quick succession, including a fairly major crash which left 8 laps to go. Those last laps turned out to be a joust between Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., with Harvick passing Truex on the penultimate lap and going on to take the win.

Will Power won the Indycar race on Indiapolis’ Road circuit, and while he led the most races, it was not an easy victory. There were nine lead changes during the race, and at the end Power had to hold off Scott Dixon while also trying to save fuel. Robert Wickens finished a somewhat distant third, almost 6s down on Dixon. Alexander Rossi was the pole-setting for the race, but dropped back to a fifth place finish. James Hinchcliffe finished 7th, ahead of Simon Pagenaud who recovered after being hit earlier in the race by Helio Castroneves. On lap 56 (of 85) Josef Newgarden was challenging Sebastien Bourdais for third place, but couldn’t make the move and the resulting spin cost him dearly; he finished 11th. Ryan Hunter-Reay also had a forgettable race, finishing 18th.

Week-16 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Max Verstappen 35
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Daniel Ricciardo 30 30
Fernando Alonso 24
Kimi Raikkonen 13 13
Will Power 50
Scott Dixon 40
Alexander Rossi 30
James Hinchcliffe 26
Simon Pagenaud 24
Josef Newgarden 19 19
Ryan Hunter-Reay 12
Totals: 276 333

Congratulations to Sebastian and his ninth win of the year. His crushing victory by 57 points (the biggest of the year so far) was fueled by great Indycar picks. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 16:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 4192 333 3859
2 2 iomracer 4101 -91 276 3825 -34
3 3 New Players 3755 -346 248 3507 -318


May 7, 2018

2018 Week 16

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 12:37 am

Welcome to week 16 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR is on the intermediate oval in Kansas City, Kansas; and Indycar is on Indianapolis’ road course in Indiana. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 15:

MotoGP Jerez, NASCAR Dover, WEC Belgium, USCC Ohio:

Results – Week 15
1 Marc Marquez Kevin Harvick 8-Toyota Racing 7-Penske
2 Johann Zarco Clint Bowyer 7-Toyota Racing 6-Penske
3 Andrea Iannone Daniel Suarez 3-Rebellion 77-Mazda Motorsports
4 Danilo Petrucci Martin Truex Jr. 4-Team Bykolles 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
5 Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch 11-SMP Racing 10-Konica Minolta
6 Jack Miller Brad Keselowski 26-G-Drive Racing 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
7 Maverick Vinales Denny Hamlin 38-Jackie Chan DC 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
8 Alvaro Bautista Ryan Blaney 36-Signatech Alpine 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
9 Franco Morbidelli Jimmie Johnson 37-Jackie Chan DC 22-Tequila Patron ESM
10 Mika Kallio Kyle Larson 28-TDS Racing 2-Tequila-Patron ESM

It was an action-packed MotoGP event in Jerez, Spain. Cal Crutchlow had pole position, but Jorge Lorenzo got the jump on him at the start to lead the field into turn one. Unlike the rest of the field, Lorenzo started on a soft front tire, and as expected it didn’t last, and by lap eight Marc Marquez had the lead. From there Marquez pulled away for a relatively easy victory. Behind though, Andrea Dovizioso couldn’t get by Lorenzo, and Dani Pedrosa was also pressuring both of them. Then Pedrosa decided he was going to pass them both in turn 6, but went into the corner way too hot and wiped out the other two. The big benefactors were Johann Zarco and Andrea Iannone, who found themselves on the podium (second and third respectively) when the three in front crashed out. Along with Dani Pedrosa (fourth), both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales benefited from the wreck. Neither had been having a good weekend, but moved up three places in the field, to finish fifth and seventh respectively. Dovizioso was classified in 20th at the finish.

Kevin Harvick was the first in the series to win four NASCAR races this season, when he dominated the race at Dover, Delaware. He won all three stages and crossed the finish line more than 6s ahead of Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez.

The first race of the year for WEC featured F1 driver, Fernando Alonso in the #8 Toyota, and to his delight he took the checkered flag to win, ahead of the #7 Toyota by just 1.4s after 6 hours of racing. Rebellion was the best of the rest with both the team’s cars crossing the line in third (#1 car) and fourth (#3 car) place behind the hybrid Toyotas. However, post-race inspection found the skid block on the #1 was thinner than regulations allowed, and the car was disqualified, so no points (per rule 5e).

The USCC was at the road course of Mid-Ohio where the Penske Acuras dominated the entire weekend – practice, qualifying, and then the race where they finished one-two. It was former Indycar driver, and three-time Indianapolis winner Helio Castroneves who set the pole-setting time in qualifying in the #7 Penske, and it was his team that took victory over the #6 Penske being driven by another former Indycar driver and two-time Indianapolis winner, Juan Pablo Montoya. Both Mazdas kept the pressure on the Acuras, although the #55 Mazda dropped out early in the race after contact with a GT car. The #77 Mazda stayed in touch with the Acuras all race long and took the final podium spot just 27s down on the second Penske car. Two-time winner this year, the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, also stayed in touch with the leaders, finished on the same lap as the Acuras, 30s down on the winning car, followed in fifth place by the one of the other Cadillacs, the #10 Konica Minolta car. The third Cadillac, the #31 Whelen Engineering car finished a lap down in eighth place.

Week-15 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Johann Zarco 40 40
Valentino Rossi 30
Maverick Vinales 26 26
Andrea Dovizioso 10 10
8-Toyota Racing 50 50
7-Toyota Racing 40 40
1-Rebellion 0
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 32 32
10-Konica Minolta 30 30
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 24 24
Totals: 302 332

Congratulations to Sebastian and his eighth win of the year. Obviously, the difference was the disqualification of iomracer’s pick of the #1 Rebellion in WEC, which had crossed the line in third place, resulting in zero points for the pick. No changes in the positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 15:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3859 332 3527
2 2 iomracer 3825 -34 302 3523 -4
3 3 New Players 3507 -318 272 3235 -288


April 30, 2018

2018 Week 15

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:42 am

Welcome to week 15 – four races this week. MotoGP visits Jerez in Spain; NASCAR is at the short track in Dover, Delaware; WEC is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; and USCC is at the Mid-Ohio track in Ohio. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 14:

F1 Azerbaijan, WRC Argentina, NASCAR Talladega, Formula E Paris:

Results – Week 14
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Formula e
1 Lewis Hamilton Ott Tanak Joey Logano Jean-Eric Vergne
2 Kimi Raikkonen Thierry Neuville Kurt Busch Lucas di Grassi
3 Sergio Perez Dani Sordo Chase Elliott Sam Bird
4 Sebastian Vettel Sebastien Ogier Kevin Harvick Maro Engel
5 Carlos Sainz Andreas Mikkelsen Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sebastien Buemi
6 Charles Leclerc Elfyn Evans David Ragan Andre Lotterer
7 Fernando Alonso Kris Meeke Aric Almirola Daniel Abt
8 Lance Stroll Esapekka Lappi Alex Bowman Felix Rosenqvist
9 Stoffel Vandoorne Teemu Suninen Ryan Newman Oliver Turvey
10 Brendon Hartley Pontus Tidemand Daniel Suarez Jose Maria Lopez

At the F1 race in Baku City in Azerbaijan, it looked like tire strategy was going to play the deciding role, with Ferrari stretching the use of the super soft tires, seemingly to Sebastian Vettel’s advantage, then Mercedes taking an even bigger gamble by keeping Valtteri Bottas out on supersoft tires even longer. But all changed with 10 laps to go when Max Verstappen put a seemingly illegal double-move block on teammate Daniel Ricciardo, causing Ricciardo to rear-end Verstappen, putting them both out of the race. That brought out the safety car and closed up the field with Bottas ahead of Vettel and Hamilton. It was a long safety car after Romain Grosjean crashed while warming his tires, and left just a two lap sprint to the end. The restart was a disaster for Vettel, who out braked himself trying to pass Bottas while withstanding pressure from Hamilton, and lost out to both. But then Bottas ran over debris and lost a tire, putting him out of the race. That gave Hamilton the lead and the win. Meanwhile Vettel’s flat-spots on his tires slowed him and Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez got by, leaving Vettel with a fourth place finish. Unlucky Bottas finished 14th, while Daniel Ricciardo was classified in 16th.

The WRC event has a reputation for being a car breaking event, but this year there were only minor issues among the top drivers. Ott Tanak had a spin on Friday, but it seemed to inspire him to push harder, and he had a lead at the end of Friday that he didn’t cede, finishing ahead of Thierry Neuville by almost 40s. Neuville had no real issues – he just couldn’t keep up with Tanak, but more critically he finished two places ahead of championship leader, Sebastian Ogier. Ogier had the usual task of road sweeping, which set him back on Friday. Dani Sordo was the filling between Neuville and Ogier, finishing third.

NASCAR was at the superspeedway of Talladega race at the short track in Bristol, Tennessee, where Joey Logano won after leading for the last 42 laps (of 188). There was one “big one”, and it happened with only 22 laps to go. Along with Logano, Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott avoided the big crash and ended up second and third respectively.

The Formula E race in Paris, France was ultimately won by the Frenchman, Jean-Eric Vergne, but after an action packed final lap. Behind Vergne and in second place on the track, Andre Lotterer’s car ran out of energy before he got to the line. Lucas di Grassi got by to claim second, but Sam Bird did not expect to come across such a slow moving car, and plowed into the back of Lotterer. Since it was just before the finish line, Bird did manage to limp across to take the third step of the podium. Maro Engel and Sebastien Buemi both managed to pass the stricken Lotterer to finish fourth and fifth respectively, with Lotterer crawling across the line in sixth. Daniel Abt and Felix Rosenqvist were too far behind to beat Lotterer, so they finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Week-14 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Kimi Raikkonen   40
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Valtteri Bottas 16 16
Daniel Ricciardo 14 14
Ott Tanak 50  
Thierry Neuville 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
Formula e    
Jean-Eric Vergne 50 50
Sam Bird 35 35
Sebastien Buemi   30
Felix Rosenqvist 24  
Totals: 343 339

Congratulations to iomracer and his sixth win of the year. The biggest difference was iomracer’s Tanak pick in WRC versus Sebastian’s Raikkonen pick in F1. But with the better pick of Buemi versus Rosenqvist in Formula E going to Sebastian, this week’s victory by iomracer was a narrow 6 points, leaving Sebastian at the top of the season long standings …

Standings after week 14:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 3527   339 3188  
2 2 iomracer 3523 -4 343 3180 -8
3 3 New Players 3235 -288 305 2930 -250


April 25, 2018

2018 Week 14

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:11 pm

Welcome to week 14 – four races this week. F1 is in Baku City in Azerbaijan; WRC tackles the gravel roads of Argentina; NASCAR is at the Talladega superspeedway in Alabama; and Formula E takes to the streets of Paris, France, around the Place des Invalides. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 13:

MotoGP Texas, NASCAR Virginia, Indycar Alabama:

Results – Week 13
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar
1 Marc Marquez Kyle Busch Josef Newgarden
2 Maverick Vinales Chase Elliott Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 Andrea Iannone Denny Hamlin James Hinchcliffe
4 Valentino Rossi Joey Logano Robert Wickens
5 Andrea Dovizioso Kevin Harvick Sebastien Bourdais
6 Johann Zarco Jimmie Johnson Scott Dixon
7 Dani Pedrosa Kyle Larson Graham Rahal
8 Esteve Rabat Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato
9 Jack Miller Clint Bowyer Simon Pagenaud
10 Aleix Espargaro Daniel Suarez Marco Andretti

Marc Marquez dominated the U.S. round of MotoGP at the Circuit of Americas, as he has done for several years now. After a three-place grid penalty in qualifying, for causing a crash, he quickly moved to the head of the field at the start of the race, and was never threatened for the whole race. So the battles were for the lower positions, where it was pole-setter Maverick Vinales, Andrea Iannone, and Valentino Rossi fighting for the remaining two podium positions. And that was the order in which the finished. Not too far behind Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco kept it close for fifth, with Dovizioso taking that spot over Zarco at the end. Jorge Lorenzo was off the pace at COTA, and couldn’t do better than an 11th place finish. The was better than Cal Crutchlow who crashed (but got back on his bike), and managed to get himself a time penalty for corner cutting, which resulted in a 19th place finish.

NASCAR was in Richmond, Virginia, where Kyle Busch drove from the back of the field to victory, thanks to many cautions and great pit stops. The last caution caused “overtime”, but when the green flag flew, Busch again got the better of the field, and beat Chase Elliott to the line. Denny Hamlin finished third, and Joey Logano fourth.

Indycar was at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama where it was a race of two parts. Part 1 on Sunday was abandoned after a handful of laps due to rain and flooding. The race restart on Monday started in dry conditions, but finished with rain. Josef Newgarden adapted to the changing condition best, and beat Ryan Hunter-Reay by almost 10s when the checkered flag came out. Scott Dixon was one of only a couple of drivers whose strategy of one pitstop in the second part of the race was ruined by the rain, making a 6th place finish the best he could do.  Simon Pagenaud battled it out in the top 10 for most of the race, and finished 9th. Alexander Rossi had a spin when the race came down, so an 11th place finished for him. Will Power had a major crash in the dreadful conditions in the first part of the race on Sunday, and while he was ok, he could not take the restart on Monday, so 21st was his finishing position.

Week-13 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Maverick Vinales 40 40
Valentino Rossi 32 32
Andrea Dovizioso 30 30
Johann Zarco 28 28
Jorge Lorenzo 19
Cal Crutchlow 11
Joey Logano 32
Josef Newgarden 50 50
Scott Dixon 28 28
Simon Pagenaud 22
Alexander Rossi 19
Will Power 9
Totals: 307 321

Congratulations to Sebastian with his seventh win of the year. It was a mixed bag of picks, with Joey Logano’s 4th place finish in NASCAR making the most significant difference in giving Sebastian the win, and taking the lead back in the season long standings …

Standings after week 13:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 2 Sebastian 3188 321 2867 -6
2 1 iomracer 3180 -8 307 2873
3 3 New Players 2930 -250 276 2654 -213


April 16, 2018

2018 Week 13

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:51 pm

Welcome to week 13 – three races this weekend: MotoGP is in the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas; NASCAR is at their second short track in a row, at Richmond International in Virginia; and Indycar in on the road track of Barber in Alabama. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 12:
F1 China, NASCAR Tennessee , Indycar California, USCC California, Formula E Italy:

Results – Week 12
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar USCC Formula e
1 Daniel Ricciardo Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi 5-Mustang Sampling Racing Sam Bird
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson Will Power 2-Tequila-Patron ESM Lucas di Grassi
3 Kimi Raikkonen Jimmie Johnson Ed Jones 10-Konica Minolta Andre Lotterer
4 Lewis Hamilton Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Zach Veach 77-Mazda Motorsports Daniel Abt
5 Max Verstappen Alex Bowman Graham Rahal 6-Penske Jean-Eric Vergne
6 Nico Hulkenberg Aric Almirola Marco Andretti 7-Penske Sebastien Buemi
7 Fernando Alonso Kevin Harvick Josef Newgarden 31-Whelen Engineering Racing Jerome d’Ambrosio
8 Sebastian Vettel Clint Bowyer Tony Kanaan 99-JDC-Miller Motosports Maro Engel
9 Carlos Sainz Joey Logano James Hinchcliffe 55-Mazda Motorsports Mitch Evans
10 Kevin Magnussen Ryan Newman Charlie Kimball 54-CORE Autosport Edoardo Mortara

When Sebastian Vettel took pole position in the Chinese F1 race in Shanghai, it looked like he might be on route to three wins in a row. And he got the jump at the start of the race, with Valtteri Bottas slotting in second. Then Mercedes took a gamble and pulled Bottas in early for medium compound tires, and the gamble paid off after Vettel came in, and found himself behind Bottas when he exited the pits. Bottas looked comfortable in the lead until a collision between Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley brought out a safety car, 26 laps from the end. Red Bull pitted both cars at that point, which put them on fresher tires for the remainder of the race, but with positions to make up. An error by Max Verstappen let Daniel Ricciardo past, who then past Lewis Hamilton for third place. Two laps later, both Red Bulls advanced a position with Ricciardo passing Vettel for second, and Vertappen passing Hamilton for fourth. On the next lap Verstappen tried an aggressive move on Vettel and collected him. Although both were able to continue, they lost several places. And the officials gave Verstappen a 10s penalty for the incident, dropping him to ninth (adjusted for the penalty), although he was able to get back to a fifth place finish at the end of the race, one place behind the Hamilton, who was actually behind him on the road. Up front Ricciardo’s charge didn’t stop, and with 11 laps to go, he took the lead from Bottas and never looked back, taking then win ahead of Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen.

The NASCAR race at the short track of Bristol, Tennessee was a stop and start affair with delays and red flags for both rain and incidents. By lap 204 out of 500 enough was enough and the race was stopped until Monday, with Kyle Larson in the lead. The weather also threatened Monday’s race, but they got it underway, and Larson held the lead. But as Larson’s tires started going off, Kyle Busch did a bump-and-run and took the lead. He was helped with a caution with 20 laps to go which got him on new tires, and he drove on to the checkered flag for the win, followed by Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

Indycar was in the streets of Long Beach, California, and it was dominated by Alexander Rossi. He took pole, then the lead at the start of the race, and led for pretty much the whole race – only conceding when pit stops cycled through. At the end he won by 1.2s – a comfortable margin by Indy standards – beating Will Power and Ed Jones. Josef Newgarden, who had the championship lead going into the race (now held by Rossi), had a mediocre race by his standards, finishing 7th. Scott Dixon was near the front of the race until he made the error of pitting while the pit lane was closed, resulting in a drive-through penalty, and an 11th place finish. Simon Pagenaud was taken out on the first corner of the first lap when Graham Rahal drove into the back of him. Pagenaud finished 24th and last.

The USCC race, which was also at Long Beach, was a close affair for much of the race, with great pit work seeming to make the difference for the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, which took the lead after a series of pit stops for the top runners, with 40 minutes of the race remaining, and went on for the win. The #2 Tequila Patron Nissan had their best results of the season, finishing second, 4.8s back. And third went to last year’s winners, the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, a further 0.5s back. The #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac, had the lead at one point in the race, but could not fend off a number of quick cars, so ended up in seventh place, but still only 16s down on the winners.

Formula E were racing around the streets of Rome in Italy, specifically around the Piazza Guglielmo Marconi. Felix Rosenqvist looked the strongest in the inaugural race, but when he clipped a curb 23 laps in, he broke his rear wheel and was out. That left the door open for three drivers – Sam Bird, Mitch Evans, and Andre Lotterer, who battled out down to the last laps. Energy remaining in the all-electric cars played a role at the end, with Evans not having enough to get past Bird who took the win, with Evans dropping all the way to 9th. Di Grassi inherited second, with Andre Lotterer completing the podium. Daniel Abt was fourth, followed by Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi.

Week-12 Player’s Scores iom seb
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Lewis Hamilton 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 24 24
Josef Newgarden 26 26
Scott Dixon 19  
Simon Pagenaud   6
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 50 50
10-Konica Minolta 35 35
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 26  
Formula e    
Sam Bird 50 50
Jean-Eric Vergne 30 30
Sebastien Buemi   28
Totals: 332 321

Congratulations to iomracer and his fifth win of the year and three in a row. The difference was largely Sebastian’s unfortunate pick of Simon Pagenaud in Indycar, who got punted out of the race at the start. This result also means that iomracer takes over the season-long standings for the first time this year, albeit by a slim margin …

Standings after week 12:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 2 iomracer 2873   332 2541 -5
2 1 Sebastian 2867 -6 321 2546  
3 3 New Players 2654 -213 292 2362 -179


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