The Motor Racing Game

September 3, 2018

2018 Week 33

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:22 am

Welcome to week 33 – three races this weekend: MotoGP is at Misano in Italy; NASCAR is at Indianapolis; and USCC is at Laguna Seca. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 32:

F1 Italy, NASCAR Darlington, Indycar Portland:

Results – Week 32
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Brad Keselowski Takuma Sato
2 Kimi Raikkonen Joey Logano Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Larson Sebastien Bourdais
4 Sebastian Vettel Kevin Harvick Spencer Pigot
5 Max Verstappen Chase Elliott Scott Dixon
6 Esteban Ocon Kurt Busch Simon Pagenaud
7 Sergio Perez Kyle Busch Charlie Kimball
8 Carlos Sainz Erik Jones Alexander Rossi
9 Lance Stroll Jamie McMurray Pietro Fittipaldi
10 Sergey Sirotkin Denny Hamlin Josef Newgarden

After torrid qualifying, the F1 race at Monza in Italy looked like it was going to be a great race. Kimi Raikkonen took pole ahead of his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, with the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on the next row. The start didn’t disappoint with the top three going for the lead into turn four in a very tight group. Raikkonen got through first, and behind Vettel understeered into the side of Hamilton, causing Vettel to spin out and rejoin in last place. From then it became a management of tires. After Raikkonen pitted, he and Hamilton drove very hard to try and make a difference in their separation. After Hamilton’s pit he came out behind Raikkonen, but it soon became apparent that Raikkonen had damaged his tires in the previous effort. Hamilton got past with eight laps to go, and took victory ahead of Raikkonen. Behind, Max Verstappen crossed the line in third, but with a penalty for squeezing Bottas off the road earlier, he dropped to a fifth-place finish behind Bottas and Vettel who had done a great job getting back through the field. Sergio Perez finished nnth. Daniel Ricciardo had a good race going until his engine expired, and a 18th place finish.

NASCAR had a night race at Darlington – a track with a reputation for wrecks. But there were few incidents in the race with the biggest being just three cars toward the end of the race. Kyle Larson was the long-time leader, winning stages 1 and 2. But Brad Keslowski snatched the lead on the final restart with a few laps to go and took the win. Denny Hamlin finished 10th.

Indycar was on the road course at Portland International Raceway in Oregon, and it was a chaotic race. Opening lap carnage included the cars of James Hinchcliffe, Zach Veach, Marco Andretti, Ed Jones, and Scott Dixon. All drivers were uninjured, even with Andretti finishing on the tarmac upside down. Dixon actually came out mostly unscathed, although down in 20th place. There were other incidents during the race, including Zach Veach again, Josef Newgarden, Alfonso Celis, and Will Power, and at least one of these incidents sent most of the cars to the pits for fresh tires. After much shuffling in positions among the drivers, as the race neared the end, it was Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay that held the top two spots, and separated by less than a second. Sato made no mistakes in the closing laps to take the win by 0.6s over Hunter-Reay, with Sebastien Bourdais a further 1.2s behind in third. Scott Dixon had managed to make his way all the way back to a fifth-place finish. Newgarden and Alexander Rossi both lost ground on the harder compound tires, and when they changed to the softer compound tires, they were in 16th and 18th. That was too far back for them to get back to the front, and Rossi finished 8th and Newgarden 10th. Power lost a lap in his incident, so finished 21st. Carlos Munoz replaced Robert Wickens in the Schmidt Peterson Honda after Wickens got injured in the prior race in Pocono; but with the announcement being made before the week’s deadline for picks, there were no points for picking Wickens.

Week-32 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Kimi Raikkonen 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 35 35
Sebastian Vettel 32 32
Max Verstappen 30 30
Sergio Perez 26
Daniel Ricciardo 12
Denny Hamlin 20
Scott Dixon 30 30
Alexander Rossi 24
Josef Newgarden 20 20
Will Power 9
Robert Wickens 0
Totals: 273 292

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 18th win of the year and two in a row. Iomracer’s pick of Robert Wickens was clearly a key mistake. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 32:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 9095 292 8803
2 2 iomracer 9008 -87 273 8735 -68
3 3 New Players 8009 -999 246 7763 -972



August 26, 2018

2018 Week 32

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:22 pm

Welcome to week 32 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Monza in Italy; NASCAR is at Darlington in South Carolina; and Indycar is on the road course of Portland International Raceway in Oregon. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 31:

F1 Belgium, MotoGP England, Indycar Illinois:

Results – Week 31
Pos F1 Indycar MotoGP
1 Sebastian Vettel Will Power Race Cancelled
2 Lewis Hamilton Alexander Rossi
3 Max Verstappen Scott Dixon
4 Valtteri Bottas Simon Pagenaud
5 Sergio Perez Zach Veach
6 Esteban Ocon Spencer Pigot
7 Romain Grosjean Josef Newgarden
8 Kevin Magnussen Ed Jones
9 Pierre Gasly Takuma Sato
10 Marcus Ericsson Graham Rahal

On the opening lap of the Belgium F1 Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps Lewis Hamilton got the lead from pole, but as the field headed down the Kemmel Straight towards turn 7, Sebastian Vettel used classic drafting (not DRS) to beat Hamilton into the turn and take the lead. Hamilton could not return the favor and ended up stuck behind Vettel for the entire race, finishing second. He at least had a comfortable margin (20s) over third place Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas had a great race – he started at the back of the field after changing the engine, but managed to pass most of the field during the race to finish fourth. Not so fortunate were five drivers involved in a turn one incident. Nico Hulkenberg drove into the back of Fernando Alonso sending him airborne. Alonso landed on top of Charles Leclerc, who, by the damage seen on his halo device, may have the device to be thankful for escaping injury. Alonso also clipped Daniel Ricciardo breaking his rear wing, which resulted in Ricciardo going wide and hitting Kimi Raikkonen, resulting in a puncture for Raikkonen. That sent the latter two to the pits for repair, and well behind the field when they rejoined. They could not make up the deficit with Ricciardo finishing 16th, and Raikkonen finishing 17th.

The MotoGP race at Silverstone in England was cancelled after torrential rain would not abate. They tried to prepone the race; inspected the track at the official start time; and postpone it to a later time, but each time the track was simply deemed too waterlogged and thus too dangerous for the riders. Postponing until Monday was a no-go due to the unavailability of marshals. No points for any MotoGP picks.

A couple of races ago Alexander Rossi’s Andretti team used fuel strategy – fewer stops – to win the Indycar event at Mid-Ohio. They tried again this weekend at the oval race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Illinois. It was not quite as successful as previously, but still netted Rossi second place, and importantly for his championship hopes ahead of series leader Scott Dixon, who finished third. It was Will Power who couldn’t be caught in the final laps, taking the win by 1.3 seconds. Josef Newgarden finished seventh.

Week-31 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Daniel Ricciardo 14
Kimi Raikkonen 13 13
Scott Dixon 35
Josef Newgarden 26
Andrea Dovizioso 0 0
Cal Crutchlow 0
Jorge Lorenzo 0 0
Marc Marquez 0 0
Valentino Rossi 0 0
Totals: 149 196

Congratulations to Sebastian and his seventeenth win of the year. Iomracer was unfortunate with the cancellation of the MotoGP event, since he had more picks in that series than Sebastian. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 31:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8803 196 8607
2 2 iomracer 8735 -68 149 8586 -21
3 3 New Players 7763 -972 134 7629 -957


August 20, 2018

2018 Week 31

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:43 am

Welcome to week 31 – three races this weekend. F1 is at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; MotoGP is in England at Silverstone; and Indycar is on the oval at Gateway Raceway in Illinois. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 30:

WRC Germany, NASCAR Bristol, Indycar Pocono, WEC England, USCC VIR:

Results – Week 30
1 Ott Tanak Kurt Busch Alexander Rossi 3-Rebellion 25-BMW Team RLL
2 Thierry Neuville Kyle Larson Will Power 1-Rebellion 3-Corvette Racing
3 Esapekka Lappi Chase Elliott Scott Dixon 17-SMP Racing 24-BMW Team RLL
4 Sebastien Ogier Joey Logano Sebastien Bourdais 38-Jackie Chan DC 66-Ganassi Racing
5 Teemu Suninen Erik Jones Josef Newgarden 37-Jackie Chan DC 912-Porsche GT Team
6 Andreas Mikkelsen Clint Bowyer Zach Veach 36-Signatech Alpine 4-Corvette Racing
7 Craig Breen Ryan Blaney Marco Andretti 31-DragonSpeed 14-3GT Racing
8 Marijan Griebel Alex Bowman Simon Pagenaud 29-Team Nederland 58-Wright Motorsports
9 Jan Kopecky Jimmie Johnson Charlie Kimball 50-Larbre Competition 86-Meyer Shank Racing
10 Kalle Rovanpera Kevin Harvick Ed Carpenter 28-TDS Racing 63-Scuderia Corsa

Like the last WRC rally in Finland, Ott Tanak took an early lead in the Germany rally and never looked back. Sebastian Ogier kept things close for the first 12 stages, but stage 13 on Saturday afternoon proved unlucky for Ogier when he damaged a wheel and had to stop to change it, relegating him to ninth place. In the final three stages on Sunday he climbed back up the leader to finish fourth. Championship leader Thierry Neuville struggled with his car, initially holding third place, but then slipping behind Jari-Matti Latvala and Dani Sordo on Saturday to lie fourth. However, things changed dramatically on Sunday when Latvala’s transmission gave up, putting him out of the rally, and Sordo crashed, which ultimately led to his retirement, handing the second-place finish to Neuville. Also getting promoted through this attrition was Esapekka Lappi, who took the final podium spot.

NASCAR was on the short track of Bristol in Tennessee, and as usual with short tracks there was quite a bit of contact between cars. Of note, Kyle Busch took out Martin Truex Jr., which made the latter quite unhappy, but they Busch himself became the victim of a collision a little later on, knocking him out. Not such trouble for Kurt Busch who took the win over Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott.

Indycar was on the tri-oval of Pocono, Pennsylvania, and the race started in a horrendous way. Right at the start there was a multi car accident when Graham Rahal hit the back of Spencer Pigot, and Pietro Fittipaldi hit the back of Ed Carpenter. When that debris was cleared and the race restarted, there was a very scary crash when Robert Wickens clipped Ryan Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay spun into the wall, but Wickens went airborne into the catch fencing which tore up the car. Wickens needed to be airlifted to hospital where he is reported to have numerous injuries. It is unclear how seriously he’s hurt at this time, but let’s hope he fully recovers. It took almost two hours to clean up that debris and repair the fencing. There were no other incidents in the race, which, in the end was dominated by Alexander Rossi, who took a 4.5s win over Will Power, who was in turn a massive 37s ahead of third place finisher, Scott Dixon.

WEC was at Silverstone in England. It appeared to be won in dominant fashion by the #8 Toyota, followed by their teammates in the #7 Toyota, who were a massive 4 laps ahead of the rest of the field. But post-race scrutineering found the Toyotas to have aerodynamic pieces that were out of compliance. The Toyota team claimed damage from the new kerbs at Silverstone, but as the WEC officials pointed out, “the car must be able to withstand the normal rigors of a 6 hours endurance race.” Their exclusion promoted the two Rebellion cars to first and second, with the #3 taking the top spot over the #1 when the latter had to stop in the late stages of the race to repair a tail light. In third place was the #11 SMP Racing car.

It was just the GTLM and GTD cars racing in the USCC event at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), and for the first time the new BMW M8 took the victory with the #25 car beating the #3 Corvette by just 1.3s, with the other BMW M8, the #24 car, just 0.8s further back in third. The #66 Ganassi Ford was fourth, the #912 Porsche fifth, and the #4 Corvette sixth. The #67 Ganassi Ford only ran 42 laps (of 88) before retiring with transmission problems, so a 17th place finish for them.

Week-30 Player’s Scores iom seb
Ott Tanak 50
Thierry Neuville 40 40
Sebastien Ogier 32 32
Scott Dixon 35
3-Rebellion 50 50
1-Rebellion 40
7-Toyota Racing 0 0
8-Toyota Racing 0 0
3-Corvette Racing 40 40
66-Ganassi Racing 32
912-Porsche GT Team 30 30
4-Corvette Racing 28
67-Ganassi Racing 13
Totals: 309 273

Congratulations to iomracer and his 13th win of the year and five in a row. Iomracer’s Ott Tanak pick made the biggest difference in this week’s scores. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 30:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8607 273 8334
2 2 iomracer 8586 -21 309 8277 -57
3 3 New Players 7629 -957 246 7383 -894

August 12, 2018

2018 Week 30

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:18 pm

Welcome to week 30 – five races this weekend. WRC has an all-asphalt event with Rally Germany; NASCAR is on the short track of Bristol, Tennessee; Indycar is on the big oval of Pocono in Pennsylvania; WEC is at Silverstone in England; and USCC is at VIR in Virginia. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 29:

Moto GP Austria, NASCAR Michigan:

Results – Week 29
1 Jorge Lorenzo Kevin Harvick
2 Marc Marquez Brad Keselowski
3 Andrea Dovizioso Kyle Busch
4 Cal Crutchlow Austin Dillon
5 Danilo Petrucci Ryan Blaney
6 Valentino Rossi Kurt Busch
7 Dani Pedrosa Aric Almirola
8 Alex Rins Denny Hamlin
9 Johann Zarco Chase Elliott
10 Alvaro Bautista Joey Logano

At the MotoGP race at Spielberg in Austria it turned into the Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo show, with the two riders quickly moving to the front and then swapping the lead throughout much of the race, including an intense last five laps. Lorenzo proved the stronger at the end, holding off Marquez on the last lap to take the win. Andrea Dovizioso was the only other possible contender for the win, taking the lead off the line, but quickly losing it to Lorenzo, then slipping behind Marquez into third, and ultimately dropping a little way back from the battle for the win. Cal Crutchlow had a lonely race at the end, finishing fourth almost eight seconds behind Dovizioso, but almost four seconds ahead of Danilo Petrucci. Valentino Rossi had a terrible qualifying, which meant he started 14th on the grid, but he made up eight places in the race to finish sixth. Johann Zarco finished ninth, and Maverick Vinales finished 12th after a bad start.

Kevin Harvick dominated the NASCAR at Michigan by winning both the stages, and then the race. Brad Keselowski was the best of the rest taking second place, ahead of Kyle Busch, both of whom spent most of the race inside the top 10. Chase Elliott finished 9th, having to recover from an early penalty that sent him to the back of the field when his crew lost control of a tire on a pit stop. Joey Logano also had problems, noticing a suspension issue before the race started, which he had the team fix before the start, putting him at the back of the field; he finished 10th. Martin Truex Jr. miscalculated the amount of fuel they had, forcing him into the pits one lap before the end of stage 2, which resulted in a penalty as pit lane was then closed; he finished 14th. Kyle Larson didn’t have a good race, being a lap down at one point, but he got the lap back and recovered to a 17th place finish.


Week-29 Player’s Scores iom seb
Jorge Lorenzo 50 50
Marc Marquez 40 40
Andrea Dovizioso 35 35
Cal Crutchlow 32  
Danilo Petrucci 30 30
Valentino Rossi 28 28
Johann Zarco   22
Maverick Vinales 18 18
Kevin Harvick 50  
Kyle Busch 35  
Chase Elliott   22
Joey Logano   20
Martin Truex Jr. 16  
Kyle Larson   13
Totals: 334 278

Congratulations to iomracer and his twelfth win of the year and four in a row. Better fortune with his NASCAR picks, plus choosing Crutchlow over Sebastian’s Zarco in MotoGP made for a large margin of victory. But no changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 29:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8334   278 8056  
2 2 iomracer 8277 -57 334 7943 -113
3 3 New Players 7383 -894 250 7133 -810


August 5, 2018

2018 Week 29

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 11:40 pm

Welcome to week 29 – two races this weekend. Moto GP is at Spielberg in Austria; and NASCAR is on the Michigan Superspeedway. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 28:

MotoGP Czech Republic, NASCAR Watkins Glen, USCC Road America:

Results – Week 28
1 Andrea Dovizioso Chase Elliott 54-CORE Autosport
2 Jorge Lorenzo Martin Truex Jr. 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
3 Marc Marquez Kyle Busch 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
4 Valentino Rossi Daniel Suarez 10-Konica Minolta
5 Cal Crutchlow Erik Jones 6-Penske
6 Danilo Petrucci Kyle Larson 22-Tequila Patron ESM
7 Johann Zarco Jamie McMurray 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
8 Dani Pedrosa William Byron 55-Mazda Motorsports
9 Alvaro Bautista Kurt Busch 2-Tequila-Patron ESM
10 Andrea Iannone Kevin Harvick 7-Penske

The track of the Brno circuit put the emphasis on tire preservation for the MotoGP riders, and the Ducati riders did the best in this area to place themselves at the front when the checkered flag flew, with Andrea Dovizioso taking the win over teammate Jorge Lorenzo. But Lorenzo needed the last lap to get around Marc Marquez, who himself had taken over second place with just two laps to go. So, Marquez stood on the third step of the podium. Valentino Rossi was another rider to leave it to the last lap to improve a position, in this case passing Cal Crutchlow on the last corner to take fourth. Danilo Pedrucci took sixth place, finishing behind Crutchlow. At the start of the race, going into turn three, Stefan Bradl looked like he went too fast into the corner trying to make up positions, and lost the front end of the bike and took out Marverick Vinales (who was classified in 24th at the end), and Bradley Smith.

Fuel played an unexpected part in the results at the NASCAR road race around Watkins Glen. There were no issues for winner Chase Elliott who scored the 250th NASCAR win for Hendrick Motorsports. Martin Truex Jr. was fortunate to take second place when he ran out of gas on the last lap, but had enough “fumes” and momentum to hold onto the position through the checkered flag. Kyle Busch had a bad pit stop where the fuel-man had issues with the fuel can, and Busch left without a full tank. He had to come back in again, with the duel stop leaving him in last place. But with what looked like the fastest car on the track, he managed to race through the field to finish in third place.

The DPi cars led most of the USCC race at Road America in Wisconsin, but they did not have the same fuel mileage as the LMP2 cars, and despite their best efforts to gain an advantage that would allow for an extra pit stop for fuel, it was not to be. When long-time race leader, the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, came in for that extra pit stop with 10 minutes of the 2 hour 40 minute race remaining, they gave up the lead to the #55 Mazda Cadillac. But with two laps to go, they too had to pit, gifting the lead to the #54 CORE Autosports LMP2 car, which was being followed by the #99 JDC Miller LMP2 car. That was the result at the flag, with those two LMP2 cars taking first and second. The #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac had pitted earlier, so they took third place, followed by the #10. The #6 Penske Acura was fourth, the #22 Tequila Patron Nissan was fifth, and the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac sixth, all having taken the extra pit stop for fuel. The #7 Penske Acura was 10th. Some notable news from the series was that next year the DPi cars’ full potential will be unleased when they separate the DPi and LMP2 cars into their own classes and drop the “balance of performance” restrictions currently in place, which currently makes the two types of the car more evenly competitive.

Week-28 Player’s Scores iom seb
Andrea Dovizioso 50
Jorge Lorenzo 40 40
Marc Marquez 35 35
Valentino Rossi 32 32
Danilo Petrucci 28
Maverick Vinales 6 6
Kyle Busch 35
54-CORE Autosport 50
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 35 35
10-Konica Minolta 32 32
6-Penske 30
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 26 26
7-Penske 20
Totals: 314 311

Congratulations to iomracer and his eleventh win of the year, and three in a row. The combination of better lower placed finishers across the series made the difference for the win. No changes in position in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 28:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 8056 311 7745
2 2 iomracer 7943 -113 314 7629 -116
3 3 New Players 7133 -810 280 6853 -776


July 30, 2018

2018 Week 28

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 5:10 am

Welcome to week 28 – three races this weekend. MotoGP is in the Czech Republic at Brno; NASCAR is at the road course of Watkins Glen in New York; and USCC is on Road America in Wisconsin. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 27:

F1 Hungary, WRC Finland, NASCAR Pocono, Indycar Mid-Ohio:

Results – Week 27
Pos F1 WRC NASCAR Indycar
1 Lewis Hamilton Ott Tanak Kyle Busch Alexander Rossi
2 Sebastian Vettel Mads Ostberg Daniel Suarez Robert Wickens
3 Kimi Raikkonen Jari-Matti Latvala Alex Bowman Will Power
4 Daniel Ricciardo Hayden Paddon Kevin Harvick Josef Newgarden
5 Valtteri Bottas Sebastien Ogier Erik Jones Scott Dixon
6 Pierre Gasly Teemu Suninen William Byron Sebastien Bourdais
7 Kevin Magnussen Elfyn Evans Chase Elliott Ryan Hunter-Reay
8 Fernando Alonso Craig Breen Ryan Newman Simon Pagenaud
9 Carlos Sainz Thierry Neuville Kurt Busch Graham Rahal
10 Romain Grosjean Andreas Mikkelsen Denny Hamlin Zach Veach

Again plenty of action at the F1 race in Hungary at the Hungaroring. The Mercedes started one and two with Lewis Hamilton in pole position, but the Ferraris on the next row of the grid looked like they were going to be fast. Good pit strategy kept the Mercedes up front, but a variety of small challenges made the race harder for Ferrari. A slow pit-stop put Sebastian Vettel in a position he didn’t want in the second half of the race, behind both Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. After Vettel got by Bottas, they then collided as Bottas tried to re-take on the next corner. No damage to Vettel’s Mercedes, but Bottas damaged his front wing and lost another position to Kimi Raikkonen. The damaged wing also meant that when Daniel Ricciardo tried to get around the outside of Bottas a little while later, Bottas then understeered into Ricciardo. Both cars managed to avoid damage, but for this incident the officials gave Bottas a 10s penalty, although it did not change his final position. Hamilton went on to win the race by a comfortable 17s over Vettel, with Raikkonen taking third, Ricciardo fourth, and Bottas fifth. Max Verstappen started well, getting fifth place early on, but an engine failure put him out of the race after only five laps, and a 19th place finish.

The WRC event was, surprisingly for rallying, and on the fast and flying stages of Finland, a bit of a bore. Everything got sorted out on Friday, and for the rest of the weekend the cars pretty much just held their position. On the Friday stages Ott Tanak drove a blistering start that even Scandinavian specialist and multi-Finnish rally winner Jari-Matti Latvala said was too fast for him. Mads Ostberg was the only driver to stay reasonably close, but that was relative to the rest of the field. In fact, the gaps between the first four drivers at the end of Friday were big enough that the rally was all but over at that point. A late change on Sunday was when Esapekka Lappi rolled his car out of the rally and out of fourth place, gifting the position to Hayden Paddon, and moving everyone else up a position. Thierry Neuville and Sebastian Ogier started one and two on the road, and there was a lot of sweeping. That put both well down the order after Friday, which meant Neuville was sweeping the gravel from the roads again on Saturday and Sunday. Ogier had it a little better because teammate Elfin Evans was in the position ahead of him, which meant that with some ugly (for the sport) team orders, Evans slowed to promote Ogier up a position. It also meant that Ogier finally finished fifth. Neuville had no such luxury, so had to settle for a ninth-place finish. Andreas Mikkelsen was in the other Hyundai, but a roll on Friday lost him three minutes from which he never recovered, finishing behind Neuville in tenth place.

Kyle Busch went from last to first in the NASCAR race at Pocono, to win ahead of pole setter Daniel Suarez, and Alex Bowman. Busch started on the last row of the grid, alongside Kevin Harvick, after both failed inspection after qualifying. NASCAR reported that their cars did not fit the required body measurements, presumably caused by the team trying to get a small advantage on a track where aerodynamics are critical. But the penalties – to the back of the grid – seemed to be worthless, with Busch winning and Harvick finishing 4th after getting into the top 10 after only 10 laps.

The Indycar race at Mid-Ohio looked a little like F1 when pit strategy made the difference. Alexander Rossi opted for a two-stop pit strategy, while the other contenders went for a three-stop strategy, and it worked out best for Rossi who took the win by 12s over Robert Wickens. Will Power looked like he might have been on a two-stop strategy, but after he came in early, he was doomed to make a third stop much later in the race; but he’d done enough to stay ahead of the rest of the field and finished on the third step of the podium. Josef Newgarden challenged Power late in the race for that final podium position, but with Power on fresher tires, Newgarden could not get past and had to settle for fourth. Championship leader, Scott Dixon finished fifth, more than enough to retain a good points lead over Rossi.

Week-27 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Sebastian Vettel 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Daniel Ricciardo 32
Valtteri Bottas 30 30
Max Verstappen 11
Ott Tanak 50
Sebastien Ogier 30 30
Thierry Neuville 22 22
Andreas Mikkelsen 20
Robert Wickens 40
Josef Newgarden 32
Scott Dixon 30 30
Totals: 347 312

Congratulations to iomracer and his tenth win of the year and two in a row. Like Sebastian’s winning picks of a couple of weeks ago, iomracer’s pick spread across the three more predictable series made for the good haul of points. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 27:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7745 312 7433
2 2 iomracer 7629 -116 347 7282 -151
3 3 New Players 6853 -776 281 6572 -710


July 23, 2018

2018 Week 27

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 2:19 am

Welcome to week 27 – four races this weekend. F1 is at the Hungaroring in Hungary; WRC is on the very fast gravel roads of Finland; NASCAR is at the “triangle” track in Pocono, Pennsylvania; and Indycar is on the road circuit of Mid-Ohio. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 26:

F1 Germany, NASCAR New Hampshire, USCC Lime Rock:

Results – Week 26
1 Lewis Hamilton Kevin Harvick 66-Ganassi Racing
2 Valtteri Bottas Kyle Busch 3-Corvette Racing
3 Kimi Raikkonen Aric Almirola 912-Porsche GT Team
4 Max Verstappen Martin Truex Jr. 4-Corvette Racing
5 Nico Hulkenberg Chase Elliott 911-Porsche GT Team
6 Romain Grosjean Ryan Newman 67-Ganassi Racing
7 Sergio Perez Ryan Blaney 25-BMW Team RLL
8 Esteban Ocon Kurt Busch 48-Paul Miller Racing
9 Marcus Ericsson Joey Logano 44-Magnus Racing
10 Brendon Hartley Jimmie Johnson 63-Scuderia Corsa

It was a chaotic F1 race at Hockenheim in Germany. Lewis Hamilton started on the back-foot when mechanical issues during qualifying put him 12th on the grid. Rain was predicted during the race, which meant tire changes and selection would play a factor. Sebastian Vettel started on pole and looked comfortable out front for the first half of the race. Daniel Ricciardo was the first to hit trouble when mechanical issues ended his day after just 28 laps (of 67), so a 20th and last place finish for him. When the rain came on lap 44 it wasn’t much, and while some cars gambled on intermediate tires, the top runners stayed on one of the soft compounds. But which compound was a crucial decision, and Mercedes’ choice for Lewis Hamilton looked the best, helping him get up to fifth place. But then disaster for Vettel, when in a slippery place on the track, he lost grip and crashed out of the lead. When everyone but Hamilton pitted under the safety car, Mercedes found themselves in positions one and two, and Hamilton had only made the one change, versus two for Bottas, so Hamilton had the lead. The team instructed Bottas to stay behind Hamilton, and so it was Hamilton’s victory with Bottas second, and the remaining Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in third. Max Verstappen was one of the few to change to intermediate tires when the rain came, but he could afford to having a massive lead over the sixth place car at the time, and even when he needed to switch back to slicks, he was still good for a fourth place finish after the demise of Vettel.

The NASCAR race in Loudon, New Hampshire was delayed by rain. When it did get started, a couple of cars wrecked in the damp conditions, but once the tires and the track warmed, the field just circled with very little action. Kevin Harvick “adjusted” his car the best to take the win ahead of Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola.

A two-hour 40-minute race for just the GT (GTLM and GTD) cars at Lime Rock in Connecticut gave the USCC spotlight to Corvette, Ford, Porsche, and BMW. The #3 Corvette looked the most dominant, but it’s usually close among the GTLM cars, and so it was that the #66 Ford of Ganassi Racing got by the Corvette with just 13 minutes of racing remaining, to take the checkered flag and the win. The #912 Porsche was third making it three manufacturers on the podium. The #4 Corvette finished fourth, missing out on the podium by 24s. In fifth was the #911 Porsche, and sixth was the #67 Ganassi Ford, both finishing on the lead lap.

Week-26 Player’s Scores iom seb
Lewis Hamilton 50 50
Valtteri Bottas 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Max Verstappen 32 32
Sebastian Vettel 12 12
Daniel Ricciardo 10 10
66-Ganassi Racing 50 50
3-Corvette Racing 40
912-Porsche GT Team 35
4-Corvette Racing 32 32
67-Ganassi Racing 28 28
Totals: 329 324

Congratulations to iomracer and his ninth win of the year. The difference was obviously iomracer’s USCC pick of the #3 Corvette versus Sebastian’s pick of the #912 Porsche. No changes in position in the season long standings …

Standings after week 26:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7433 324 7109
2 2 iomracer 7282 -151 329 6953 -156
3 3 New Players 6572 -710 292 6280 -673


July 15, 2018

2018 Week 26

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 10:54 pm

Welcome to week 26 – three races this weekend. F1 is in Germany at Hockenheim; NASCAR is at the intermediate length track in Louden, New Hampshire; USCC is at Lime Rock in Connecticut. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 25:

MotoGP Germany, NASCAR Kentucky, Indycar Toronto, Formula E New York:

Results – Week 25
Pos MotoGP NASCAR Indycar Formula e (Race 1) Formula e (Race 2) Formula e (combined)
1 Marc Marquez Martin Truex Jr. Scott Dixon Lucas di Grassi Jean-Eric Vergne Lucas di Grassi
2 Valentino Rossi Ryan Blaney Simon Pagenaud Daniel Abt Lucas di Grassi Jean-Eric Vergne
3 Maverick Vinales Brad Keselowski Robert Wickens Sebastien Buemi Daniel Abt Daniel Abt
4 Danilo Petrucci Kyle Busch James Hinchcliffe Tom Dillmann Sebastien Buemi Sebastien Buemi
5 Alvaro Bautista Kevin Harvick Charlie Kimball Jean-Eric Vergne Felix Rosenqvist Nick Heidfeld
6 Jorge Lorenzo Kurt Busch Tony Kanaan Nick Heidfeld Mitch Evans Andre Lotterer
7 Andrea Dovizioso Erik Jones Zach Veach Andre Lotterer Nelson Piquet Jr. Felix Rosenqvist
8 Dani Pedrosa Aric Almirola Alexander Rossi Maro Engel Nick Heidfeld Tom Dillmann
9 Johann Zarco Kyle Larson Josef Newgarden Sam Bird Andre Lotterer Sam Bird
10 Bradley Smith Joey Logano Marco Andretti Nico Prost Sam Bird Nico Prost

Marc Marquez was fastest in qualifying at the Sachsenring in Germany and after some close competition at the beginning of the race, he eventually, and some would say inevitably, rode away from the field for a comfortable victory. At the start of the race it was, as usual, a close affair among a group of riders including Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, with the latter taking the lead from the start into turn one. Lorenzo pushed hard to keep Marquez behind him, but on a circuit that punishes tires, he eventually faded as his tires went off, finishing in sixth. Rossi did a better job looking after his tires, and started stalking Marquez, which is when Marquez decided it was time to ride away. Meanwhile Jorge Lorenzo started to move up through the field towards Rossi, with the two Yamaha teammates eventually finishing second (Rossi) and third (Vinales).

Martin Truex Jr. was at the pointy end of the NASCAR race for most of the evening event at Kentucky Motor Speedway, and when the checkered flag came out it looked like he was almost a quarter of a track clear of Ryan Blaney, who was himself a long way ahead of Brad Keseloweski. Kyle Busch was fourth, right behind Keselowski.

There were a lot of wrecks in the Indycar race in Toronto, including many of the top championship contenders. But Scott Dixon stayed in the best place when there are wrecks – near the front of the field – spending most of the day in second place behind Joseph Newgarden. But even Newgarden hit trouble, when, on a restart, he lost control of his car and went into the wall. He didn’t do a lot of damage, so was able to keep going and finished ninth, but he gifted the lead to Dixon who went on to take victory ahead of Simon Pagenaud, with Robert Wickens taking the final podium spot. Ryan Hunter-Reay was one of the drivers who got caught in a pile up, and eventually finished a lap down in 16th place.

The New York race in Formula E was their season ending double race. The first race started in near disaster when second place qualifier Mitch Evans didn’t move when the race started. Everyone but Jerome d’Ambrosio and Jose Maria Lopez got around his stranded car, but the two aforementioned teammates collided with each other as they swerved around the stricken car. Lucas di Grassi was solidly in the top 10 at the start, but during the course of the race he slowly moved through the field, overtaking his teammate Daniel Abt for the lead just after the half-way point, and then cruising on for the win. Sebastien Buemi had the race lead for the early laps and finished on the podium in third. Jean-Eric Vergne was fifth, and that was enough for him to take the championship, despite one more race to go. Sam Bird was ninth. In the second race Jean-Eric Vergne delivered the manufacturers title for Techeetah Renault by winning the race. Lucas di Grassi took second place to cap off a great weekend for him, and with Abt in third place, a great weekend for Audi. Buemi again finished behind Abt, but with Vergne taking the win, he missed the podium this time, finishing fourth. Sam Bird finished 10th. Combining the two races, Vergne was first, di Grassi second, Abt third, Buemi fourth, and Bird was tenth.

Week-25 Player’s Scores iom seb
Marc Marquez 50 50
Valentino Rossi 40 40
Jorge Lorenzo 28 28
Kyle Busch 32
Scott Dixon 50 50
Robert Wickens 35
Josef Newgarden 22
Ryan Hunter-Reay 14
Formula e
Lucas di Grassi 50 50
Jean-Eric Vergne 40 40
Sebastien Buemi 32 32
Sam Bird 22 22
Totals: 361 366

Congratulations to Sebastian and his 16th win of the year, 7 in a row, and this week with the highest total points for a four-event weekend this season, with a great spread of picks across all four events. No changes in positions in the season long standings …

Standings after week 25:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 7109 366 6743
2 2 iomracer 6953 -156 361 6592 -151
3 3 New Players 6280 -673 325 5955 -637


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July 9, 2018

2018 Week 25

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 4:56 am

Welcome to week 25 – four races this weekend. MotoGP goes to the Sachsenring in Germany; NASCAR is at the intermediate oval in Sparta, Kentucky; Indycar is at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada; and Formula E has a double race (we’ll use the same Motor Racing Game rules as we did for the Indycar double-header in Detroit) around Pier 11, Red Hook, in Brooklyn, New York. Picks can be made at:

Scores from week 24:

F1 Silverstone, NASCAR Daytona, Indycar Iowa, USCC Mosport:

Results – Week 24
Pos F1 NASCAR Indycar USCC
1 Sebastian Vettel Erik Jones James Hinchcliffe 54-CORE Autosport
2 Lewis Hamilton Martin Truex Jr. Spencer Pigot 10-Konica Minolta
3 Kimi Raikkonen AJ Allmendinger Takuma Sato 31-Whelen Engineering Racing
4 Valtteri Bottas Kasey Kahne Josef Newgarden 5-Mustang Sampling Racing
5 Daniel Ricciardo Chris Buescher Robert Wickens 7-Penske
6 Nico Hulkenberg Ty Dillon Will Power 77-Mazda Motorsports
7 Esteban Ocon Matt DiBenedetto Graham Rahal 99-JDC-Miller Motosports
8 Fernando Alonso Ryan Newman Simon Pagenaud 85-JDC-Miller Motosports
9 Kevin Magnussen Austin Dillon Alexander Rossi 52-PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
10 Sergio Perez Alex Bowman Ed Carpenter 67-Ganassi Racing

The F1 British Grand Prix did not go the way the British hoped with their star Lewis Hamilton. He had pole on the grid but got beaten into turn one by Sebastian Vettel and his teammate Valtteri Bottas. And it seemed like Kimi Raikkonen also thought he could beat him into turn one, but instead locked his wheels and drove into the side of Hamilton. When Hamilton recovered he was last, while his championship rival Vettel was out in front. Just after the half way mark, Marcus Ericsson crashed bringing out the safety car. The Ferraris pitted but the Mercedes didn’t, putting Bottas into the lead. Shortly after the race resumed another safety car came out when Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz got together. Then when the race resumed again, there were only 10 laps to go. Vettel got back around Bottas for the lead and ultimately the win. Meanwhile Hamilton had masterfully worked his way up through the field and managed to grab second place when the checkered flag came out, beating Raikkonen who had also passed Bottas. Max Verstappen kept close to the front for most the race, but with just 5 laps to go he was forced to retire from fifth place after spinning and the team reporting that a bad gearbox was to blame – he was classified at the end in 15th place.

At the NASCAR race in Daytona there were two “big ones”. It left only 13 cars on the lead lap when the checkered flag finally came out. But the carnage opened the door for a newer driver to take the victory, and Erik Jones took full advantage, passing Martin Truex Jr. on the last lap to take his first win in the NASCAR Cup Series.

A few weeks ago, James Hinchcliffe was hitting a low point in his career when he failed to qualify for the Indy 500. But he turned it all around this weekend by winning the Iowa Corn 300 on the oval in Newton. He passed long-time race leader Josef Newgarden with 44 laps to go, out of the 300 they raced at the short oval. Spencer Pigot and Takuma Sato also passed Newgarden before the end, to take second and third respectively. Further down the field, Alexander Rossi finished 9th after stalling in the pits and needed a push start to get going again. Scott Dixon has a worse weekend finishing 12th, although he still retains the championship lead. And Ryan Hunter-Reay had mechanical problems late in the race, putting him out with 17 laps to go, and a 19th place finish.

USCC was at Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) in Canada, and it was again an LMP2 car that took victory, this time the #54 CORE Autosport Oreca car. They took the lead with eight laps to go, passing long-time race leader, and eventual runner-up, the #10 Konica Minolta DPi Cadillac. The other two Cadillacs were close behind in third and fourth place – the #31 and #5 respectively – and then the # 7 Penske Acura taking fifth place, with less than 7 seconds covering the top five after 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing.

Week-24 Player’s Scores iom seb
Sebastian Vettel 50 50
Lewis Hamilton 40 40
Kimi Raikkonen 35 35
Valtteri Bottas 32 32
Max Verstappen 15
Alexander Rossi 22
Scott Dixon 18 18
Ryan Hunter-Reay 11
10-Konica Minolta 40 40
31-Whelen Engineering Racing 35 35
5-Mustang Sampling Racing 32 32
7-Penske 30
Totals: 315 327

Congratulations to Sebastian and his fifteenth win of the year and six in a row. Iomracer’s Indycar picks were a gamble that didn’t pay off compared with Sebastian’s more solid picks in F1 and USCC. No changes in positions in the season-long standings …

Standings after week 24:
Pos Pre Name Total Diff Latest Prior Diff
1 1 Sebastian 6743 327 6416
2 2 iomracer 6592 -151 315 6277 -139
3 3 New Players 5955 -637 284 5671 -606


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