The Motor Racing Game

March 16, 2015

2015 Week 9

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:31 am

Welcome to week 9 – two races this weekend. NASCAR goes to Los Angeles and the Fontana superspeedway, and the USCC is in Florida at Sebring for the 12-hour endurance race. Sebastian has the summary at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-nine-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://localhost/RoadRaceTracks/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 8:
F1 Australia, NASCAR Phoenix:

Week8Rslts

Lewis Hamilton started this season the way he finished last season, with a win, ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The two of them were well clear of the rest of the field, with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettal taking the third spot and Felipe Massa in fourth a few seconds behind Vettal. It was a weekend of attrition, with a number of teams and cars suffering from a variety of issues. That included two of our picks: Kimi Raikkonen who retired after his second pit stop when the pit crew failed to put on a wheel correctly, resulting in a 12th place finish for themotorracinggame points; and Valtteri Bottas was pulled out of the race before it started due to a tear in a disc in his back, suffered during qualifying (no points for those of us who picked him). Our other pick, Daniel Ricciardo, finished 6th.

Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR race in Phoenix, leading almost from the start, and getting his second win in two weeks. Joey Logano had the lead for a short while at the beginning, and stayed fairly strong for the whole race, finishing 8th, just behind Martin Truex Jr., who in turn finished just behind Brad Keselowski in 6th. Jimmie Johnson had a get-together with Carl Edwards early on, but recovered to an 11th place finish by the end. Denny Hamlin simply didn’t have a good race, finishing 23rd. And our other pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 43rd and last after tire failure put him into the wall only 1/3 of the way into the race.

Players Scores:

Week8PickRslts

Congratulations to GreasedLightning who resumes his winning ways after a brief interruption by Drewe and me. It is GreasedLightning’s fourth win of the year out of just six racing weekends. No change in the standings though …

Week8Standings

 

March 9, 2015

2015 Week 8

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:08 am

Welcome to week 8. Two races this weekend: F1 has their season opener in Australia; and NASCAR visits Phoenix, Arizona. Sebastian has the guide you need here, and picks can be made at the usual place: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 7:
WRC Mexico, NASCAR Las Vegas:

Week7Rslts

The WRC event in Mexico was the usual car-killer. By the end of the event all but 6 of the top-flight cars were running under Rally 2 rules. Even among those top 6, most had had some minor issues such as a spin sometime during the event. The most dramatic incident involved Ott Tanak who rolled into a lake, and in 25 seconds the car submerged, sinking 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet deep). The crew got out safely, but needed the swim to shore. The team then got the car out – the raise of the Ti-Tanak was the catch phrase – and Ott was racing again on Sunday under Rally 2. With all the incidents, Sebastien Ogier was left with an easy victory, despite having to sweep the roads. In second and third, Mads Osberg prevailed over a close battle with Andreas Mikkelsen. Elfyn Evans took it easy the entire event and was rewarded for his caution with an excellent fourth place finish, well clear of Dani Sordo, who in turn was well clear of the only other top-flight driver to not need Rally 2: Martin Prokop. Thierry Neuville did need Rally 2, but with a small field was able to claw his was back to an eighth place finish. Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke had more penalties due to their earlier exit, so could only manage 15th and 16th respectively. Finally Ott Tanak needing Rally 2 on both Saturday and Sunday could do no better than second to last, 22nd place.

The NASCAR race at Las Vegas was a bit of a procession from the point of view of winner Kevin Harvick who both led most the race, and adopted the best tire strategy at the end to take a dominant victory. Dale Earnhardt was his strongest challenger toward the end, but taking only two tires on the last pit stop dropped him to a 4th place finish behind Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman. Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano rounded out the top 10. Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards both had wrecks to finish 41st and 42nd respectively.

Players Scores:

Week7PickRslts

Congratulations to me and my first win of the year. Mixed fortunes for most of us with our WRC picks, so it was my pick of Harvick and Earnhardt in NASCAR that made the difference and gave me the win. No changes in the standings …

Week7Standings

 

March 2, 2015

2015 Week 7

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 1:34 am

Welcome to week 7. Two races this weekend: WRC is in Mexico for their challenging high-altitude event of the year; and NASCAR is in Las Vegas and another “intermediate” track like Atlanta. Indycar was supposed to start this week in Brazil, but the event was cancelled seemingly for political reasons in that country. Sebastian has a guide to this week here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-seven-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 6:
NASCAR Atlanta:

Week6Rslts

There was no “big one” in Daytona last week, so they made up for it this week in Atlanta. At about three-quarters of the way through the race, Denny Hamlin spun (leaving him with a 38th place finish) and started a chain reaction that took out a number of cars including Jeff Gordon who ended the race in 41st place. After the last caution, with about 15 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson pulled ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and could not be caught, taking his 71st win of his career in NASCAR. Kevin Harvick managed to overhaul Earnhardt in this final stint for second, leaving Earnhardt to take third ahead of Joey Logano who had led for much of the race, and Matt Kenseth in fifth. Other picks we made include: Brad Keselowski – 9th; Carl Edwards – 12th; Kasey Kahne – 14th; Casey Mears – 15th; Kyle Larson – 26th; and Tony Stewart – 30th.

Players Scores:

Week6PickRslts

Congratulations to Drewe for breaking Greased Lightning’s winning streak; and he did it in style too – correctly getting the top 5 finishers and then the next two highest that any of us picked, and as a result he stomped the next best player by 35 points. But that next best player was me, so it enabled me to move ahead of Greased Lightning for the season lead …

Week6Standings

February 23, 2015

2015 Week 6

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 6:23 am

Welcome to week 6 and again NASCAR is the only race, this time at the intermediate track, Atlanta Motor Speedway. Maybe the Daytona results with guide you, maybe not. Either way Sebastian has all the stats and tips for making your choices here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-six-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 5:
NASCAR Daytona 500:

Week5Rslts

The Daytona 500 started quietly enough with only two cautions early on, the first when Landon Cassill lost an engine, and the second when Tony Stewart lost control and collected Matt Kenseth, dooming both to lowly finishes – 42nd and 35th respectively. Most of the race was dominated by Jeff Gordon, which, based on history did not bode well for him at the finish. And indeed, a poor restart after one of the late cautions meant that he was not in contention, and then to make things worse he got collected in the final wreck and finished 33rd. And there were lots of cautions and wrecks in the closing stages. But Joey Logano had been close to the front all day, and he got ahead in the final green-white-checkered (the latter turning into another yellow with a last-lap crash) and won the race ahead of Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Rounding out the top 10 were: Denny Hamlin 4th; Jimmie Johnson 5th; Casey Mears 6th; Clint Bowyer 7th; Martin Truex Jr 8th; Kasey Kahne 9th; and Greg Biffle 10th. Other picks we made were Carl Edwards 23rd, Jamie McMurray 27th, and Brad Keselowski 41st. We also picked both Busch brothers, but Kyle broke his leg in Saturday’s support race, and Kurt was suspended by NASCAR indefinitely after a judge ruled it likely that he abused his girlfriend. Since news of both became national after the deadline then their replacements are counted: Matt Crafton (18th place finish) for Kyle, and Regan Smith (16th place finish) for Kurt.

Players Scores:

Week5PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning who has now won the first three weekends! Our picks were all over the place, which is not surprising with it being a NASCAR only week. Getting the top 3 finishers garnered the most points for Greased Lightning. Although IOMRacing went one better with the top 4, he also suffered with the trio of Gordon, Kenseth, and Keselowski, and so it was Greased Lightning’s pick of Carl Edwards that brought home the money. No changes at the top of the standings, but Drewe moves ahead of Sebastian mid-pack …

Week5Standings

February 15, 2015

2015 Week 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:44 pm

Welcome to week 5 – just one race this coming weekend – NASCAR stays in Daytona for their first “proper” race of the year. Like the Sprint Unlimited, drafting is the feature of the race, and while the Sprint gives some pointers as to who can manage the drafting tactics the best, it’s still a bit of a lottery trying to pick a winner. As usual Sebastian has the best guide to help you here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-five-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 4: WRC Sweden, NASCAR Sprint Unlimited:

Week4Rslts

In Rally Sweden all of the top-flight drivers got stuck in at least one snow bank during the course of the event. So victory ultimately boiled down to who was stuck for the least amount of time and who could apply the pressure when not stuck. It looked like Andreas Mikkelsen might take his maiden victory, but in the last part of the last stage he had yet another encounter with a snow bank, and dropped to a third place finish behind Thierry Neuville and winner Sebastian Ogier. Neuville had had the lead starting the final day, but in the opening stage had intercom problems which he said was the root of a slight off into a snow bank, and that made winning the event too big of a challenge in the 2014 spec car. With Mikkelsen’s mistake, Ogier was handed the victory. Behind this trio Ott Tanak continued with an impressive start to the season, clear in 4th place overall. The next four places were close entering the final day, with Hayden Paddon taking a well-deserved 5th place. Martin Prokop started the final day ahead of the two Brits Evans and Meeke, but finished behind them after almost rolling out of the rally on the penultimate stage. Of our other picks, Mads Osberg, like many others had multiple encounters with snow banks and finished 10th. Jari-Matti Latvala had a miserable rally – it seemed that almost every report about him involved him going off, and a 12th place finish reflected his woes. Henning Solberg also encountered many snow banks and finished 13th, but as usual seemed to have enjoyed the event overall.

Not unexpectedly with a superspeedway track where drafting is the order of the day, there were big wrecks at the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited. Perhaps a little surprising was the severity of two of them – both resulting in red flag stoppages. The first came just after half way when Jamie McMurray spun and took out more than half the field. The second came towards the end when Tony Stewart was bumped into a spin and collected many of the remaining cars. In all the crashes took out of the race more than half the field, with only 12 out of the starting 25 cars crossing the finish line at the end. At the front of that group was Matt Kenseth who took the victory over Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards. For our picks, besides Kenseth, Edwards, Logano, Gordon, Kyle Busch, and Earnhardt who were all in the top 10, we picked Brad Keselowski who was the first to retire and so a 25th place finish, Jimmie Johnson – 22nd, Kurt Busch – 15th, Greg Biffle – 14th, Tony Stewart – 13th, and Kevin Harvick – 11th.

Players Scores:

Week4PickRslts

Congratulations to back-to-back winner Greased Lightning. Solid picks in NASCAR compared to the rest of us seems to have made the difference.

Week4Standings

February 9, 2015

2015 Week 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:44 am

Welcome to week 4. Two events this coming weekend: the Swedish WRC Rally; and the opening event for NASCAR, the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday at Daytona.

In news, Dani Sordo is out of the Swedish rally due to breaking some ribs in a mountain biking accident. Haddon Paddon will take the number two car for Hyundai, and test driver Kevin Abbring will take Paddon’s third-car drive. In NASCAR the field for the Sprint Unlimited is set. In both cases I have limited the picks in the website to help try and avoid any heartburn by picking a driver who wasn’t racing (which could still happen for unforeseen reasons). Sebastian has a useful guide here: https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com/2015-week-four-guide-and-links/. Please make your picks at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Week1Standings

February 2, 2015

2015 Week 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:25 pm

Welcome to week 3. No racing this week or next weekend, so just a quick piece of news with this post. The opening round of the Indycar series was supposed to be the weekend of March 8th in Brazil. Things looked fine, but last week a surprise announcement that the race had been cancelled. It’s still not clear why, and based on tweets it took several drivers by surprise. So the street of St. Petersburg in Florida will now be the opening round on the weekend of March 29th.

Week1Standings

January 26, 2015

2015 Week 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:13 am

Welcome to week 2 – no racing this weekend or next weekend, so on to the results from week 1:

Scores from week 1:

WRC Monte Carlo, USCC Daytona:

Week1Rslts

The big unknown coming into the Monte Carlo rally was how Sebastian Loeb would do having been out of a WRC car for more than 400 days. He started quite well. Actually really well. He beat the world champion Sebastian Ogier on the first stage by more than 30 seconds, which is an eternity in WRC. In my opinion another check that he is the greatest racecar driver ever. But the fairytale story came to an end on Friday when he drifted wide at a corner, hit a rock, and ripped the rear wheel off the car. Watching the in-car video, he looked to be really unlucky, barely wide, and just catching a rock that was sticking out. Still, he rejoined the event on Saturday, and climbed through the field with more fastest-time stages to finish 8th.

That left Ogier to dominate and win in the WV, with his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala his closest rival, but 58s behind. Actually a good result for Latvala who traditionally doesn’t do well at this unique event. Andreas Mikkelsen took it steady the whole weekend, and it paid off when his rivals made mistakes, resulting in Mikkelsen finishing third, and a podium sweep for Volkswagen.

Other notable good performances came from Kris Meeke who won a couple of stages in his Citroen, but finishing 10th due to a similar incident on stage 8 to Loeb, where he pretty much tore off a wheel on a rock. Robert Kubica who also won several stages, but lost the brakes at the end of the penultimate stage, crashing out of the event. And Ott Tanak couldn’t get into the top 10 but he was very fast early on, dropping to an 18th place finish after going off on stage 10, and needing many spectators and about 18 minutes to get back on the road.

In the Daytona 24 hour USCC race it was a close finish between three of the top-flight cars. The victory was taken by the #02 Ganassi Riley/Ford, who finished just 1.3s ahead of the #5 Action Express Corvette. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette also finished on the same lap as the winner, and third place. The #90 Visit Florida Corvette was fourth and 6 laps down, but suffered less than the remaining Prototypes that all finished lower down the order. The #01 Ganassi Racing Ford/Riley suffered from clutch issues that left them down in 25th place, and the #7 Starworks BMW/Riley suffered engine problems resulting in a 39th place finish.

Player’s Scores:

Week1PickRslts

Congratulations to Greased Lightning who piped me by one point. Being week 1 that also puts him at the top of the standings for the year …

Standings:

Week1Standings

 

January 17, 2015

2015 Week 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 8:22 pm

Welcome to week 1 – our opening week for the 2015 season. Two races kick off the season, the WRC’s Monte Carlo Rally, and the USCC’s 24 hours of Daytona.

In WRC Volkswagen is back with the same successful line up as last year, headed by Sebastien Ogier, along with Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen. Citroen is also sticking with the same two drivers as last year, with Mads Ostberg and Kris Meeke; but Sebastien Loeb is making what is being called a one-off appearance for Citroen at the Monte. In Hyundai along with their number one driver Thierry Neuville, they have announced that they are sticking with Dani Sordo all year, along with Kevin Abbring in a permanently featured third car. The semi-works Fords of M-Sport have a new year-long driver line-up of Elfyn Evans and Ott Tanak, who will be joined by Bryan Bouffier for the Monte. Of the privateers, Robert Kubica is the most prominent, also driving a Ford.

Most of the usual Prototype teams are at this year’s Daytona-24: Ganassi with two Ford Rileys, Action Express with its two Corvettes, Wayne Taylor Racing also with a Corvette, and SpeedSource with their two Mazdas. Starworks and Highway To Help are using BMW power in their Rileys. Extreme Speed Motorsport have their two Honda HPDs, but the team will now be known as the Tequila Patron ESM team.

For the Monte you can find the full entry list here: http://acm.mc/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RAMC-2015-List-of-entries-in-seeded-order.pdf.

For the Daytona-24 the entry list is here: http://www.imsa.com/sites/default/files/races/entry_lists/2015%20TUDOR%20Championship%20ROLEX%20Pre-Event%20Entry%20List_v2.pdf.

Picks can be made at: http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml.

Belated guide and links here.

Good luck!

 

Are you a new player interested in playing this fun game? Read on …

Each week players pick 10 drivers from all the major motor racing series that are racing that weekend (7 drivers if there’s only 1 major series racing). You score points based on how well your drivers did: 50 points if your driver won, 40 for second, then 35, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, and so on down to 1 point for finishing in several of the lower positions. The player with the most points wins that week. We also accumulate points for the whole year of racing to decide a yearly champion of the game.

The major series we follow are: F1, WRC, MotoGP, WEC, NASCAR, Indycar, DTM, and the United SportsCar Championship (formerly ALMS and GrandAm).

There’s no money involved – just bragging rights. To sign up, send us an e-mail from http://www.roadracetracks.com/motorracinggame.shtml or send a Facebook message the The Motor Racing Game page, and we’ll reply with a pass-code that will allow you to post your weekly entry. No time for that? then just make a comment or send a message listing your 10 picks on Facebook, or post a comment with your picks on the WordPress blog, at https://themotorracinggame.wordpress.com.

December 1, 2014

Week 47 (End of Season)

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:07 am

Thank you for playing in 2014. Congratulations to Sebastian and his overall season win.

Next year’s competition is only 8 weeks away – in the fourth weekend of January (picks due 1/22/2015) with the kickoff of the WRC Monte Carlo Rally and the Daytona 24 hour race.

I’d like to suggest a couple of changes for next year

1) Resorting to declaring a weekly winner by count-back (who picked the most winners, second place finishers, etc.) – which is something I neglected this year.

2) Replicating the blog on a Facebook page – I think there’s more traffic on Facebook and more opportunity to attract other players. I’ll still post here on WordPress, hopefully with Sebastian’s help with the outstanding guides he produces.

3) Give players an opportunity to have “default drivers/cars” in reserve in case they miss a deadline. This is not intended to be a requirement, just an option if a player wants to use it. It could render better or worse results than the 90% rule. This needs comments and opinion if you please. My idea is that players can pick up to 7 “default drivers/cars” in all series, in a ranking order of “best” driver first. If the player misses a week in which one series is running, the default 7 drivers will be selected on behalf of the player. If two series are running, the top five default drivers in each series will be chosen. Three series: top four drivers from one series and three each from the other two (4/3/3). The series in which the higher number of drivers from the default list is picked will be based on the following “stability” ranking of series: MotoGP, F1, WEC, WRC, USCC, DTM, Indycar, NASCAR. Four series: 3/3/2/2. Five series: top 2 default drivers each series. Six series: 2/2/2/2/1/1. Seven series: 2/2/2/1/1/1/1. All eight series: 2/2/1/1/1/1/1/1. If a driver/car is not competing, take the next one in the list, or zero points if the list becomes exhausted. Players can change or cancel this lineup at any time, and actual weekly picks always override any default. What do you think?

Let me know what you think about these changes in the comments section. And anything you can do to attract more players, the more fun the game will be.

Scores from week 46:

WEC Brazil:

Week46Rslts

Porsche had its maiden win in the finale of the WEC race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The #14 had a comfortable lead with 26 minutes to go in the 6-hour race, but was on worn tires. Behind them the #8 Toyota that finished second was on fresh tires. But we’ll never know if the Toyota could have taken the victory from the Porsche because the last 26 minutes were run behind the pace car when the #20 Porsche had a heavy crash (finished classified in 22nd). The #1 Audi took the final podium position. Behind the Audi was the #7 Toyota in fourth, which along with its teammate’s second place was good enough for Toyota to win the manufacturers title. Fifth was the second Audi (#2), and behind them the leading LMP 2 car, the #47 KCMG. Not sure what happened to the two Rebellion cars but they finished 18th and 19th (#13 and #12 respectively). The other four LMP 2 cars that I picked finished 20th (#27 SMP Racing), 24th (#37 SMP Racing), 26th (#26 G-Drive Racing), and the #21 Strakka did not start so no points.

Player’s Scores:

Week46PickRslts

Congratulations to Sebastian, Drewe , and Greased Lightning for their 3-way tie for the final week. Chris didn’t put in an entry, and my miserable score was due to a hail-Mary effort of picking all the LMP 2 cars in a futile attempt to catch Sebastian at the last minute. Unfortunately my miserable score meant an equally miserable default score for Chris, and it dropped him behind Greased Lightning in the final standings for the year.

As mentioned Sebastian topped the standings – a deserved victory since he had 12 outright winning weeks this year.

Final Standings:

Week46Standings

 

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