The Motor Racing Game

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.

Player’s Scores:


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 …




April 5, 2015

2015 Week 12

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Welcome to week 12 – five races this weekend. F1 visits China; MotoGP comes to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas; NASCAR is also in Texas, but at the Motor Speedway in the Dallas area; Indycar is at the NOLA circuit in Louisiana; and WEC is at Silverstone in the U.K. Sebastian has all the stats to help you make your picks at Please make your picks at:

There was no racing last week, so no Scores from week 11.



March 30, 2015

2015 Week 11

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Welcome to week 11 – no races this weekend, the last time this happens this season.

Scores from week 10:
F1 Malaysia, MotoGP Qatar, NASCAR Martinsville, Indycar St. Petersburg:


Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes at the F1 race in Malaysia with a two-stop pit strategy versus the three-stop strategy that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took, who finished second and third respectively. Kimi Raikkonen had a great race to finish fourth, considering that he was at the back of the field after a first lap contact with Felipe Nasr. The Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth, with his teammate Felipe Massa sixth, meaning we picked the top six.

In the MotoGP in Losail, Qatar, the Doctor was at his surgical best. After finding himself 10th after the start, the six-time world champion Valentino Rossi surgically picked off one rider at the time, until he crossed the finish line a skinny 0.174 seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The two were slightly ahead of their teammates, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone just getting the advantage over Rossi’s Yamaha teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. Marc Marquez had a great race to get back to a fifth place finish, after going off the road on the first corner, and rejoining in last place. But his Honda never looked like it had the pace of the Yamahas and Ducati’s, so although it’s only one race, it looks like he could have an uphill battle to defend his championship. With Dani Pedrosa finishing sixth, just like F1 we picked the top six.

The NASCAR race at Martinsville was won by Denny Hamlin, who managed to keep a charging Brad Keselowski at bay in the final laps. Joey Logano had a good race to finish third after being at the back of the field at one point early in the race. Other notables include Kevin Harvick who faded to eighth after leading much of the race, and Danica Patrick who finished ahead of him in seventh.

Through the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, Juan Pablo Montoya took the season opener from Will Power by less than a second. Tony Kanaan took third place ahead of Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud.


It was a close week with a spread of only 21 points between all of us. I eked out the win by a measly three points over Sebastian – my second win of the year. No changes in the standings …


March 23, 2015

2015 Week 10

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Welcome to week 10 – four races this weekend. F1 remains in the Asia-Pacific region with the Malaysian GP in Kuala Lumpur; MotoGP has their season opener in Qatar; Indycar also kicks off their season in the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida; and NASCAR goes to the short track of Martinsville in Virginia. Sebastian has all the info you need to make your picks at Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 9: NASCAR Fontana, and USCC Sebring:


At the 12 hours of Sebring the #5 Action Express Corvette took a clear victory over the rest of the field, finishing a lap ahead of the next three finishers: #10 Wayne Taylor Corvette, #90 VisitFlorida Corvette, and the #01 Ganassi Riley/Ford. The #31 Action Express Corvette was the fifth place car, just ahead of the top PC car, the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Oreca. The #57 Krohn Ligier/Judd had exhaust problems and finished 8th, behind the second placed PC car – #54 Core Autosport Oreca. All the other prototypes had major issues including the #50 Highway to Help Riley/BMW that finished 31 laps down in 27th; the #2 Tequila Patron ESM HPD in 33rd; the #1 Tequila Patron ESM HPD in 36th; the #70 SpeedSource Mazda in 38th; the #07 SpeedSource Mazda in 39th; the #0 DeltaWing in 41st; and the #60 Michael Shank Ligier/HPD in 42nd place.

It took two green-white-checkered finish attempts to complete the NASCAR race at Fontana in California. That worked out just fine for Brad Keselowski whose car was strong on short runs, enabling him to outrun the leader when the final green flag waved – Kurt Busch. Kevin Harvick also got around Busch to take second place. Harvick is certainly the man to beat in NASCAR this year – he’s now finished 1st or 2nd in the last 8 races going back into last year. Despite the cautions at the end, there was no “big one” enabling all 43 starters to take the final checkered flag.

Player’s Scores:


Congratulations to Drewe and his second win of the year, and he managed it despite the #7 USCC car finishing 44th and giving him zero points. No changes in the season standings…


March 16, 2015

2015 Week 9

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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 Please make your picks at: http://localhost/RoadRaceTracks/motorracinggame.shtml.

Scores from week 8:
F1 Australia, NASCAR Phoenix:


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:


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 …



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