Welcome to Week 15 of the Too Much Racing Game!
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I watched the IndyCar race using their online Race Control stream, I’m glad it worked for most of the race with only a few glitches, a big improvement – let’s see how it handles the much higher traffic for Indy! I thought it a strange decision to hold the race on Saturday afternoon though, clearly once again we are told just how important the series isn’t to ABC/ESPN. The race itself was pretty average but that’s fine, they can’t all be classics and aside from the lead two we had some different drivers up there to think about. Sato did very well for his first oval. Shame about the small crowd.
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This week we’ve got four events to look forward to so it is something of a busy week, and an opportunity to try different strategies!
Racing this week:
Formula 1 – Spanish GP, Barcelona;
World Rally – Rally New Zealand;
Le Mans Series – 1000km of Spa;
Sprint Cup – Southern 500, Darlington;
Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race.
The cutoff is Saturday 8th May at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT. (to be confirmed)
For the full results from Week 14, read on.
How To Enter
1. Reply to this post.
2. List up to 10 drivers, with no more than 7 from a single event.
3. Send your entry before the stated deadline, usually some time on a Friday. You can make as many changes as you like until the closing point, I’ll take your last entry.
Most weeks feature 2 or 3 races, some weeks may have more than that and some may only have one. There’s not a rule stating you have to choose a driver in each race, any combination of up to 10 drivers is accepted.
Further information can be found on the game sub-page which will be updated later in the week.
On to the results!
Top Tens – Week 14
|Week 14||IndyCar Series||NASCAR Cup|
|1||50||Scott Dixon||Kyle Busch|
|2||40||Dario Franchitti||Jeff Gordon|
|3||35||Tony Kanaan||Kevin Harvick|
|4||32||Helio Castroneves||Jeff Burton|
|5||30||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Carl Edwards|
|6||28||Ryan Briscoe||Juan Montoya|
|7||26||Mario Moraes||Martin Truex Jr|
|8||24||Alex Tagliani||Ryan Newman|
|9||22||John Andretti||Marcos Ambrose|
|10||20||Vitor Meira||Jimmie Johnson|
Ganassi are back on top in IndyCar now that we’re on the ovals again, and it was good to see Kanaan get a top three as well as some different names in the lower end of the top ten – including a good drive from a returning John Andretti in his first IndyCar drive for nearly a year.
Johnson’s 10th position in the Cup race will have cost a few players some points but since most people pick him every week it doesn’t really change all that much relative to each other. And did Ambrose really finish in the top ten outside a road course? Clearly I haven’t been paying attention!
Points Awarded – Week 14
Well done Sean! That’s two in a row, and also my second week in succession as runner-up. James finishes the ‘podium’ with a good score, with 4th to 9th come in practically together, just ten points apart! Burwellian missed the cutoff but did have five Cup drivers from last week, and Dank’s 7 are still rolling on from earlier.
A special mention to The Speedgeek for picking every one of the top six IndyCar drivers! Unfortunately your four Cup picks let you down but it was still a good achievement.
Overall Standings – Week 14
Sebastian remains in the lead though I am gaining on him, and Sean is working his way into it. There weren’t many changes this week what with the scoring being so close in the field.
The only position change was James taking 6th from RG. Burwellian didn’t lose a position but has fallen off the pack now, but there’s plenty of time for others to miss weeks too.
Full results sheets will be available on the TMR drop.io shortly, the Total Driver page on the Data file won’t have been updated but it isn’t essential.
This week we have four events to choose from.
Le Mans Series – The 1000km of Spa-Franchorchamps sees the first entry into the 2010 LMS of the works Audi and Peugeot teams as a warm-up for Le Mans, and they are here in force with 4 908s (3 works, 1 ORECA-run) and 3 R15s. It’ll be hard to choose your drivers from this line-up, and with a field of 51 cars the traffic could surprise any of them. You can see the drivers in this race on this page of the official site.
Formula 1 – The return to Europe signifies a raft of updates to most of the cars, could it see a change of order? The Circuit de Catalunya doesn’t usually provide a great GP but the long-range forecast is for yet another rain-affected race which could mix things up a bit. www.f1.com
NASCAR Cup – The notoriously tricky Darlington track is host to the Southern 500, a long race on a 1.36 mile oval. www.nascar.com
WRC – The rally cars head down under to New Zealand, the notable exception being Mr Raikkonen who for reasons not known to me is skipping this one, despite teammate Ogier attending. This is a fast gravel rally. Timing will be at www.wrc.com and the entry list is on the Rally NZ site.
I think that’s everything, any questions just ask in the comments, and good luck!