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June 14, 2015

2015 Week Twenty-Two

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Welcome all to week twenty-two. Only a single event this week; Formula One at Spielberg (Red Bull Ring née A1 Ring née Österreichring). Picks can be made at: The guide can be found at:


Results – Top Tens

    MotoGP     WEC     WRC     Indycar     NASCAR
    Catalunya Le Mans Sardinia Toronto Michigan
1    Lorenzo #19 Porsche Ogier Newgarden Ku. Busch
2    Rossi #17 Porsche Paddon Filippi Earnhardt
3    Pedrosa #7 Audi Neuville Castroneves Truex
4    Iannone #8 Audi Evans Power Kenseth
5    Smith #18 Porsche Østberg Bourdais logano
6    Viñales #2 Toyota Latvala Kanaan Keselowski
7    Redding #9 Audi Protasov Montoya McMurray
8    Bradl #1 Toyota Andreucci Dixon Menard
9    Petrucci #47 KCMG Kopecký Rahal Bayne
10    Bautista #38 JOTA Al Qassimi Sato Bowyer

For Catalunya, Lorenzo led from start to finish, with Rossi making his way up to second but was unable to catch his team-mate. Dovioso hit the deck (20th), and Marquez crashed fighting for the lead on lap three (22nd).

It was a relatively undramatic Le Mans in the top class with the eight manufacturer prototypes all being consistent enough to fill the top-eight places. Porsche had the reliability to match their pace, vying with the Audis but gaining an edge on speed to pull away during the cooler night-and-early-morning hours when Porsche’s tendency to overheat was negated. The stand-out drives from Nick Tandy gave the #19 Porsche the victory. Audi had a lot of niggles with energy collection from braking. Toyota were off the pace.

With the new rules in WRC that have the championship leader run first and sweep the road for the first two legs, this was a repeat of Mexico in that Ogier declared it would take a miracle to win, and then won, aided by everyone else in contention buggering up. Latvala blew it in stage nine clouting a bank and knocking a tyre off the rim, then hit a rock in stage seventeen breaking a damper, leading him to limp through following stages. Meeke had an off on stage two, returning on Saturday to end up 24th.

It was a one-two in Toronto for CFH Racing with Josef Newgarden ahead of Luca Filippi. Our picks only included the four Penske drivers, three of whom were top-seven with Pagenaud 11th.

It rained a lot for the NASCAR, and Kurt Busch won a shortened race.

Player Scores


Well done to greasedlightning for his sixth win of the year; nine of his picks finished top-seven. In the Indycar and WEC, none of us picked the winner, although in retrospect going long on Le Mans would have been more successful than other years.


Pos  Pre  +/-  Name Prior    Wk 21   Total   Differences
1    1       iomracer    5014     301     5315    0   –  
2    2       greased lightning    4827     341     5168    147   147  
3    3       Sebastian    4792     309     5101    214   67  
4    4       Drewe    4718     331     5049    266   52  
5    5       Chris W.    4530     271     4801    514   248  
6    6       New players    3969     271     4240    1075   561  

June 8, 2015

2015 Week 21

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Welcome to week 21 – the third of four weekends with five faces. WRC is in Italy on the island of Sardegna; Moto GP is at Catalunya in Spain; NASCAR visits the superspeedway in Michigan; Indycar is on the man-made island in Toronto, Canada; WEC hosts the premier sports car race of the year – the 24 hours of Le Mans. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 20:

F1 Canada, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Texas:


Lewis Hamilton got back into his winning ways, and took back control of the F1 championship by beating his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the Canadian GP in Montreal. Hamilton led the race from start to finish (excluding pit-stops). Kimi Raikkonen started the race in a solid third, but spun before half way and lost the position to Valtteri Bottas, and that’s how they stayed to the end. Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettal finished behind him in fifth which was a remarkable performance considering he was in last place at one point. Felipe Massa was sixth. Our other two picks were Daniil Kvyat who finished 9th and Daniel Ricciardo who finished 13th.

Martin Truex Jr. won the gear-shifting race at the big tri-oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania. There were quite a few solo-crashes at the end of the race, but despite the stop-and-go nature of the last 20 laps, Truex’s only real challengers at the end were second place finisher, Kevin Harvick, followed by Jimmie Johnson. Joey Logano was strong at the end also, and came home fourth. Our other pick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 11th.

Indycar was on the Texas Motor Speedway oval in Fort Worth, Texas (just outside Dallas). The Ganassi team dominated the race with Scott Dixon taking the win over his teammate Tony Kanaan. Penske also had a good race with two drivers finishing third and four, with Helio Castroneves ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya. Simon Pagenaud, also with Penske, gambled with an early last pit stop to try and improve his position, but it didn’t work out and he finished 11th. Will Power started from pole position, but showed no speed during the race, and lost position after position down to a 13th place finish. Our other pick, Graham Rahal finished 15th.


Congratulations to Sebastian who gets his third win of the year. Picking Indy winner Scott Dixon and doing well in NASCAR with Jimmie Johnson, left it to Sebastian’s pick of Valtteri Botas to make the big difference, although with a margin of victory of 24 points, his “lower” picks did comparatively well too. No changes in the standings…


June 1, 2015

2015 Week 20

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Welcome to week 20 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Montreal, Canada; NASCAR is on the tri-oval at Pocono in Pennsylvania; and Indycar has an oval race at Texas Motor Speedway, just outside Dallas. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 19:

Moto GP Italy, NASCAR Dover, Indycar Belle Island, USCC Belle Island:


Jorge Lorenzo has become the man to beat after he easily rode to his third victory in a row at Mugello in Italy. After the first lap, once Lorenzo got ahead, the excitement was for the lesser positions. It was a tussle for most the race between Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, and Andrea Dovizioso. But Marquez crashed with five laps to go trying to get around Iannone, leaving Marquez with a 20th place finish. And Dovizioso’s bike suffered some sort of mechanical problem forcing him to the pits, and a 21st place finish. That left third place, behind Iannone, to Valentino Rossi, who at least holds on to the championship lead, and fourth place to Daniel Pedrosa.

Jimmie Johnson is starting to show his dominance in NASCAR this year after winning his fourth race of the year at Dover, Delaware. There was a couple of cautions late in the race, with the last one resulting in a green-white-checkered finish, but on both restarts Johnson basically drove away from the field, making victory look easy. Kevin Harvick was second, and Kyle Larson third.

It was mixed weather in Detroit for the Indycar race around Belle Island, meaning periods of wet and dry track, and tough choices with which tires to run. In the first race it was Carlos Munoz who got it right by staying out the longest on slicks, and that gave him a 20 second lead after he came out of the pits with his rain tires. When lightning started to accompany the rain it was unsafe for the race to continue, so it was stopped, and eventually abandoned, giving Munoz the win ahead of Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud both of whom stayed out longer than most on slicks (but not as long as Munoz did). Will Power and Scott Dixon both stopped to change onto rain tires early – while Power had the lead – which proved to be the wrong choice with Power finishing 4th and Dixon 5th. Juan-Pablo Montoya finished 10th. In race two there were again lots of differing opinions as to when to run slicks versus dry tires. Along with lots of cautions (and many laps behind the pace car), and gambling with fuel mileage, it was at the end Sebastien Bourdais who got it all right. It looked like Juan-Pablo Montoya was going to get second, and he would have deserved it with a good race, but he ran out of fuel at the end of the final lap and crossed the line 10th. Simon Pagenaud was a victim of poor gas mileage, having to stop for a splash-and-dash at the end of the race, demoting him to a 14th place finish. That was still better than Will Power who first had to change his steering wheel after the electronics kept putting the car into neutral, then he got spun by Helio Castroneves, ruining any chance Power had and leaving him with an 18th place finish; and Scott Dixon who was pushed into the wall by Charlie Kimball, leaving him 20th at the end. Our method of combining results to give a composite result for both races, placed Pagenaud 6th, Power 8th, Dixon 11th, and Montoya 12th (thanks to Sebastian for the double-header score board).

Another close event in USCC with 10 cars finishing on the lead lap. It looked like it was going to be a Corvette one-two, but the #5 Action Express spun out with just a couple of laps to go and lost second place to the #60 Michael Shank Honda, who was at that time too far behind to catch the winner, the #31 Action Express. Behind the Honda and the #5 Corvette came the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford, and in fifth the #90 Visit Florida Corvette. In sixth place the #8 Starworks Oreca was the leading PC car, and behind them in seventh was the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette. That gave Corvette four spots in the top 10 in their home town of Detroit. The #02 Ganassi car was not racing in Detroit this weekend.


Congratulations to me again – three in a row and my sixth of the year. It was close with Sebastian with my pick of Montoya being the decisive one. Sebastian and Drewe once again toggle positions in the season long standings…


May 25, 2015

2015 Week 19

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Welcome to week 19 – four races this weekend. Moto GP is in Italy at Mugello; NASCAR is on the short track in Dover, Delaware; Indycar and the USCC are together (different days) racing around Belle Island, Detroit, Michigan. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 18:

F1 Monaco, WRC Portugal, NASCAR Charlotte, Indycar Indianapolis:


Lewis Hamilton dominated the F1 Monte Carlo GP, but didn’t win it thanks to a ridiculous decision by his team to bring him in for fresh tires during a safety car caution with just 10 or so laps to go. The commentators were incredulous, then tried to find some excuse as to why Mercedes might have made the decision, but at a track with practically no opportunity to pass, I didn’t see any reason for him to come in. It gave his teammate Nico Rosberg the lead and hence the win, followed across the line by Sebastian Vettal, then Hamilton. It cuts Hamilton’s championship lead to just 10 points. Daniil Kvyat had his best race ever with fourth place which he briefly ceded to Daniel Ricciardo who tried to catch and pass Hamilton in the closing laps, but Ricciardo gave the position back again (a gentlemanly act) in the final lap. Behind Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen was the top finishing Ferrari with sixth place. Our other pick, Valtteri Bottas finished 14th – he simply didn’t have the pace.

The WRC event in Northern Portugal was an interesting race with both Citroen and M-Sport (Ford) introducing new and they hoped more competitive cars to challenge the Volkswagen might. It seems like mission accomplished with five different stage winners in the first five stages. As championship leader, Sebastien Ogier was sweeper for most of Friday and Saturday and that put him down a bit in positions. But from the second loop of stages on Saturday he didn’t have to sweep and so started a charge that eventually took him to a second place finish. He was bested by his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala who held the lead from Friday afternoon through to the finish. Third VW driver Andreas Mikkelsen took the final podium position, but until the last stage it was very close for third with Kris Meeke – the only other driver who seemed to stay competitive with the VWs. But Meeke broke the rear sway-arm on the Citroen on the penultimate stage which meant he had to settle for a fourth place finish. Fifth was the Ford of Ott Tanak, and sixth the Hyundai of Dani Sordo. Sordo’s teammate Thierry Neuville had a miserable weekend; poor tire choices saw him down the standings after Friday, and then on the first stage of Saturday he rolled. He returned on Sunday under rally 2, but with the penalties could do no better than a 38th place finish.

The Indianapolis 500 was a nervous race for everyone, including me as TV spectator, after three horrible crashed occurred in the practice week leading up to qualifying. Three cars in solo crashes hit the wall and went airborne. Fortunately all three drivers were ok. But it prompted some rule changes for qualifying and the race to slow the cars down. Still, the crashes dominated the pre-race talk, and as mentioned, everyone was nervous for the race. A crash on lap 1 involving Sage Karam and Takuma Sato didn’t help. But after that the race settled down. There was a pit road incident involving Carlos Huertas, Pippa Mann, and Tristan Vautier, which unfortunately sent a crewman to the hospital, but apparently not a serious injury. There was one final nasty looking crash on lap 176 which took out Jack Hawksworth, Stefano Coletti, and Sebastian Saavedra. After that is was an exciting final few laps with Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power, Charlie Kimball, and Scott Dixon battling for the win. Montoya passed Power with four to go and stayed ahead for the win – 15 years after he won it as an Indy rookie. Following him across the line was Power, Kimball, and Dixon in that order. Our other pick, Simon Pagenaud had a good race, being up front for stretches, but faded to a tenth place finish.

The NASCAR race in Charlotte is the longest of their calendar at 600 miles. And it was long to watch too. There was a smattering of crashes (nothing big), at least one engine failure, and mostly lead by Martin Truex Jr. But different tire/fuel strategies shuffled the pack in the closing stages when the race stayed green, causing some drivers, including Truex, to have an extra stop for gas and tires. Carl Edwards was not one of them, and by staying out he inherited the lead and won the race over Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Congratulations to me and my fifth win of the year, and back-to-back from last week. Drewe and Greased Lightning tied for second. For Drewe it was enough to edge back ahead of Sebastian in the season long standings…


May 18, 2015

2015 Week 18

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Welcome to week 18 – four races this weekend. F1 has what is arguably their most famous race of the year, the Monte Carlo GP around the streets of Monaco; Indycar hosts their most famous race of the year – and few would argue it isn’t – the Indianapolis 500; WRC is back in Europe in the north of Portugal; NASCAR stays in Charlotte, North Carolina, following last weekend’s all-star race around the same track. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 17:

Moto GP France, NASCAR Charlotte (All-Star Race):


Jorge Lorenzo is starting to look awfully good in Moto GP. Following up his win of a couple of weeks ago in Spain, Lorenzo again put it what looked like a flawless race to win ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi. A difference from Spain is that Lorenzo didn’t start from pole, that honor went to Andrea Dovizioso who managed to hang on for a podium finish in third place. Marc Marquez made a couple of errors that cost him any chance for a higher place finish than fourth, and for that he had to battle hard with fifth place finisher Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith in sixth. Dani Pedrosa crashed on lap 2, and although he got back on his bike he could not finish higher than 16th. Cal Crutchlow also crashed, on lap 8, but that was the end for him, and a 21st place finish.

The NASCAR All-Star race was a bit of a sleeper. Kasey Kahne won segment one, Brad Keselowski won segments two and three, and Kurt Busch won segment four. No one else really looked like they had a chance. Keselowski took himself out of contention by speeding on pit lane during the last stop, and at the green flag of the last segment, Denny Hamlin drove away from “pole” and never looked back, taking an easy victory over Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Gordon. Kasey Kahne faded after his segment one win and finished 7th. Keselowski started at the back of the field after the speeding penalty, so could do no better than 9th just behind Joey Logano, but ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was 10th. Our other three picks were never a factor any time during the race with Jimmie Johnson finishing 15th, Jamie McMurray 16th, and Carl Edwards 17th.


Congratulations to me and my fourth win of the year. Bradley Smith and Kevin Harvick seem to have been the key picks, although it was extremely close for most of us. Sebastian’s strong score moves him ahead of Drewe in the standings …


May 11, 2015

2015 Week 17

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Welcome to week 17 – two races this weekend. MotoGP is at LeMans in France and NASCAR has their all-star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. I’ve restricted the driver choices on the picks page to those drivers who automatically qualified for the All-Star race. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 16:

F1 Spain, NASCAR Kansas, Indycar Indianapolis:


Nico Rosberg got the better of Lewis Hamilton for the first time this year, and won the F1 race at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Hamilton was hindered by losing out to both Rosberg (who had pole) and Sebastian Vettel on the start. On a track that has few overtaking places, it took pit stops to get Hamilton ahead of Vettal. With Hamilton’s first pit stop a slow one, he needed all three versus Vettel’s two to get around him and finish second, but a long way behind Rosberg. Vettel was third. Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, and Felipe Massa completed the next spots, and were the only other drivers to finish on the lead lap. Daniel Ricciardo was the best of the rest with a seventh place finish, which means we picked the top 7.

It was a very long Saturday night NASCAR racing in Kansas. Cautions and a long rain delay drew out the event, but at the end Jimmie Johnson stayed out on old tires with just seven laps to go (after the last caution), and proved it was the right choice when he won ahead of Kevin Harvick who had come in for fresh tires. The fresh tires did mean however that Harvick got around Dale Earnhardt Jr. who finished in third. Brad Keselowski finished seventh, and long-time race leader Martin Turex Jr., who also pitted at the last caution, could do no better than ninth, even with fresh tires.

Will Power led the most laps at the road circuit at Indy, and duly won the Indycar race ahead of Graham Rahal. It looked like Juan Pablo Montoya might have also challenged for the win, but fuel concerns in the latter stages of the race made him back-off and settle for third. Next across the line were Sebastian Bourdais, Charlie Kimball, and Helio Castroneves in sixth. Castroneves was the instigator of a pile up at the start of the race, which also involved Scott Dixon, who ended up tenth. Simon Pagenaud was running in the top five at one point, but mechanical problems ended his race, and he finished classified 25th and last.


Congratulations to Greased Lightning and his fifth win of the year. Greased Lightning often takes NASCAR picks even when other events offer arguably more reliable choices, but as he has done often this year, his solid NASCAR picks resulted in the win for the week. It enables him to stretch ahead of Drewe a bit, but no changes of position in the standings …


May 4, 2015

2015 Week 16

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Welcome to week 16 – 3 races this weekend. F1 is at the Catalunya circuit in Spain; NASCAR is in Kansas; and Indycar takes to the road course in Indianapolis. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 15:

MotoGP Spain, NASCAR Talladega, WEC Belgium, USCC Laguna Seca:


Jorge Lorenzo dominated the MotoGP event at Jerez in Spain. He was quickest in practice, won the pole position, started in the lead, and led throughout the race to an easy 5.6s victory over Marc Marquez. Valentino Rossi started further down the order, but got to third place at the end, although too late to do anything about Marquez. It was Rossi’s 200th podium in GP racing – a record. Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro had a good battle early on, with Crutchlow taking the fourth spot ahead of Espargaro. Andrea Iannone had a horrible start, and couldn’t recover to finish down in 6th. Andrea Dovizioso crashed on lap one, so actually made a terrific effort to get back to 9th place by the end.

There was one big wreck at the NASCAR race at Talladega, and that happened early on in the race causing a red flag. Trevor Bayne started the wreck that involved sixteen cars, including Joey Logano who ended the race in 33rd place. There was a smaller and inevitable wreck at the very end – with ½ lap to go which demoted Jeff Gordon who had been on pole and in a strong position most of the race, down to 31st. The latter half of the race was led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., and since the man in front rarely wins the restrictor plate races, it was a little surprising that he took the win, although some masterful blocking in the last lap helped.

The #7 Audi triumphed over the #18 Porsche at the WEC event at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, by taking fewer trips to the pits and double-stinting their tires. It was still a close finish between them, with only 3.5s separating them after 6 hours. The #17 Porsche suffered with damper problems, and were also given a drive-through penalty at one point to leave them a lap down on the winner, but still in third place. A further lap back was the #9 Audi who had a problem with their door window which caused delays when they had to replace it. In fifth was the #2 Toyota, 3 laps down, but did not appear to have any problems, so were simply not as fast as the cars ahead. Then came the #19 Porsche, the #8 Audi, and the #1 Toyota, 3 laps, 8 laps, and 14 laps down respectively. For the #1 Toyota it was a combination of throttle and electrical problems that caused them to have a poor race.

The #90 Corvette took a close win over the #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette in the USCC event at Laguna Seca – just 1.4s separated them at the finish. As we’ve seen on a number of occasions in USCC this year, there were several Prototype cars that finished on the lead lap. The #60 Michael Shank Honda took third, the #5 Action Express Corvette fourth, and the #31 Action Express Corvette fifth, all finishing on the same lap as the winner. We also picked the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford, which suffered gearbox issues and finished in a lowly 23rd place.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his second win of the year. Strong in all the events, not picking the #01 Ganassi car in USCC was a decisive move. No changes in the standings, although with a strong second place Drewe is closing in on Greased Lightning …


April 27, 2015

2015 Week 15

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Welcome to week 15 – four races this week. MotoGP is in Spain; NASCAR is at the restrictor-plate super-speedway of Talladega; WEC is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; USCC is at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 14:

WRC Argentina, NASCAR Richmond, Indycar Barber:


Kris Meeke won the WRC’s Rally Argentina – the first British driver to win a WRC event since Colin McRae in 2002. And a Brit took the third spot too, with Elfin Evans surviving the brutal event. For Citroen it was a 1-2 with Mads Osberg taking the runners-up spot. Martin Prokop took fourth and Dani Sordo fifth. Prior to the event Meeke called the conditions the worst of any event now that Greece is no longer on the calendar, and every driver had problems due to the rough conditions. Even Meeke had a power-steering failure early in the race. Sebastien Ogier failed to finish day-2 with an engine problem, and with the time penalties for rejoining on day-3 under rally 2 rules, he finished 17th. Our other three picks all failed to finish the rally, so no points. Jari-Matti Latvala was the first out when he stopped on the first stage of Sunday with fuel supply problems. The final stage took out both Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville, who both hit the same rock near the start of the stage and ripped off the right-rear wheel.

In NASCAR, the man who was banned from racing by the NASCAR powers, then reinstated three races later, Kurt Busch, won the event at Richmond, putting him into the Chase at the end of the year. Shame. Kevin Harvick was runner-up, followed by Jimmie Johnson who started at the back of the field, but finished third. Jeff Gordon was an outside threat towards the end, running in the top 10, and finishing eighth.

The Indycar race at Barber in Alabama was quite an exciting affair, with bumps and crashes, off-sequence pit strategies, drivers running out of fuel – Helio Castroneves who finished 15th – and drivers who had wasted their tires by the end. Josef Newgarden was one of those latter drivers, but had built up enough of a lead to stay ahead of Graham Rahal and win the race. Rahal, by virtue of his off-sequence pit strategy, had fresh tires at the end of the race enabling him to get around Will Power who finish fourth, and Scott Dixon who finished third, and almost catch Newgarden all in the final stint. Juan Pablo Montoya didn’t qualify well, and broke two front wings in the race to finish a lowly 14th, just behind Tony Kanaan.


Congratulations to Drewe and his third win of the year by a dominant margin of 31 points. Everyone except Drewe got three ducks in WRC – i.e. Drewe made his picks count by not only avoiding Mikkelsen, but getting Meeke and Ostberg right, then piling on with Dixon and Power in Indycar. His victory margin was enough to get him back into the third spot in the standings …


April 20, 2015

2015 Week 14

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Welcome to week 14 – three races this week. WRC resumes after a 6-week break with Rally Argentina; NASCAR is at another short-track, this time Richmond in Virginia; and Indycar goes to Alabama and the Barber road course. Sebastian has the links you need to make your picks at Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 13:
F1 Bahrain, MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Long Beach, USCC Long Beach:


Lewis Hamilton started on pole and got to turn one first and never looked back on his way to the F1 win in Bahrain. The rest of the positions were more interesting. The two Ferraris squeezed Nico Rosberg out of the top three at the first corner, immediately putting him at a disadvantage, although he eventually got around them both. Pit stops then made a big difference. The two Ferraris opted for different strategies, with Raikkonen’s working out best as he made the most of his tires while on track. With some minor errors by Rosberg, Raikkenen was finally rewarded with a deserved second place at the end, just ahead of Rosberg. Sebastian Vettal had a number of minor issues, including damaging his front wing which resulted in an additional pit stop and demoted him to a fifth place finish behind Valterri Bottas.

Marc Marquez took off from the pole in the MotoGP in Argentina and dominated most of the race. But he was helped by taking hard tires versus the super-hard tires that the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo took. Marquez’s softer tires let him get a big lead, but then the tires started to wear, and badly, and Rossi started catching him. With two laps to go Rossi was on his back tire, and within a few corners was trying to get around. Marquez was aggressive trying to hold off Rossi and they touched, and then Marquez basically ran into Rossi back tire and down he went. It gave Rossi the comfortable win over Andrea Doviziosi. Cal Crutchlow made a final corner pass around Andrea Ionnone to grab the final podium spot. Jorge Lorenzo finished fifth. Marquez’s retirement classified him in a 24th place finish.

Matt Kenseth won a nearly 9 hour NASCAR race at Bristol. Rain delays were the main cause for the long event but there were also lots of cautions. At the end, which included back-to-back cautions leading into a green-white-checkered, which itself was again delayed by a rain shower, Kenseth held the number one spot for the win over Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Joey Logano fininshed 40th place after being collected by his teammate Brad Keselowski early in the race, and just before the first of the rain delays came.

A surprisingly timid street race around Long Beach for the Indycars, with Scott Dixon taking a seemingly easy victory over Helio Castroneves. Third place was a little more exciting with Juan Pablo Montoya getting the final podium position over Simon Pagenaud. Will Power’s chances were doomed in the pit lane – Luca Filippi stalled at the pit entry, and then Power stalled too while trying to get around him. That dropped Power well down the order and a 20th place finish.

It was a close race at the USCC event around the streets of Long Beach, perhaps not surprising considering it was a short “endurance” race at just 1 hour 40 minutes. The #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette led most the race and crossed the line 3 seconds ahead of the #01 Ganassi Racing Ford Riley. A bit further back the #90 Visit Florida Corvette finished 3 seconds ahead of the fourth place #31 Action Express Corvette. The #5 Action Express Corvette, in 5th place, was the final car on the same lap as the winner.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to me and my third win of the year. Staying away from Indycar and NASCAR looked to be the way to go, with me getting the edge over Sebastian with my #90 VisitFlorida USCC pick. Sebastian’s second place moves him ahead of Drewe and into third place in the standings …




April 13, 2015

2015 Week 13

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Welcome to week 13 – five races again this weekend. F1 is in Bahrain; MotoGP goes south to Argentina; NASCAR is in the “bowl” – the super-short ½ mile oval in Bristol, Tennessee; Indycar is at the Long Beach street circuit in California; and USCC joins Indycar in Long Beach. Sebastian has all the links you need to make your picks at Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 12: F1 China, MotoGP U.S., NASCAR Texas, Indycar Louisiana, WEC Great Britain:


Mercedes is back at the top of F1 with Lewis Hamilton winning and Nico Rosberg second, well ahead of the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen. In fifth and sixth were Felipe Mass and Valtteri Bottas respectively in the Williams. With those three teams being well ahead of the rest of the field, it looks like they are going to dominate the rest of the season. It was not terribly exciting at the front of the field, with pit stop strategy seeming to distinguish Mercedes from Ferrari, with the former getting an advantage by stretching their tires. The mid-pack battles were good though, with Roman Grosjean’s Lotus coming out the best of the rest with a seventh place finish.

Jimmie Johnson took the NASCAR victory at Texas Motor Speedway, ahead of Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The three of them took four tires at the final caution when most other drivers took two tires, and then showed that four was the way to go by driving around the two-tire cars in the final laps. Joey Logano had a bump with Harvick on the final restart, dropping him back a bit in the field, but was still able to get to a fourth place finish.

In the MotoGP in Austin, Texas, Andrea Dovizioso got the lead off the line and it initially looked like it was going to be a good battle between him, Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, and Jorge Lorenzo. But once Marquez got around Dovizioso and took the lead, he rode away, showing that Qatar a couple of weeks ago was just a blip in his armor. The other three though kept up the battle for second for the entire race, with Dovizioso taking second ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo. Andrea Iannone caught Lorenzo before the end and challenged for the fourth spot, but had to settle for fifth at the checkered flag.

There were lots of cautions in the Indycar race at the NOLA circuit in Louisiana. That meant that the order was frequently mixed, and also caused different teams to pit at different times. Both worked out best for James Hinchcliffe who took the win over Helio Castroneves, James Jakes, and Simona de Silvestro; all four had gone off-cycle in their pit stops. Juan Pablo Montoya was fifth and the best of the field that had stuck with an expected pit strategy. Behind Montoya were Tony Kanaan in sixth and Will Power in seventh. Simon Pagenaud’s day ended late in the race when he, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastian Bourdais got together putting all out of the race; Pagenaud was classified in 20th at the end.

The WEC race at Silverstone in England ended up being a close affair after the winning team, the #7 Audi, had a late pit stop and then a penalty that allowed the second placed #18 Porsche get to within 5 seconds at the finish line. The #1 Toyota was only another 10 seconds back, so it was close for the podium positions. The second Toyota, the #2, finished in fourth place, a lap down; and the #8 Audi was fifth, 4 laps down.

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Congratulations to Sebastian and his first win of the year. He was the only one of us to get the top four in both F1 and MotoGP. No changes in the standings …




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