TMR Game – Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Too Much Racing Game!

Don’t worry you didn’t miss anything – Week 2 didn’t feature any racing.

Quick-Start – * Warning – Early Cutoff *

If you are short on time and want to cut straight to it, just reply to this post with your picks for this weekend’s WRC and NASCAR events. The closing point this week is early: 7am GMT Friday 12th February. You may pick up to 10 drivers with no more than 7 from a single series. Good luck!

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That is the latest I can hold the entry period – Rally Sweden’s first ‘proper’ stage gets under way at 7.18am GMT (8.18am Swedish time) and I don’t want picks arriving when competitors are on-course.

Please note for future weeks if this post has not appeared and you’re unable to wait you can email me your picks and I will publish them here. I am also looking for feedback on an appropriate closing times every week.


If you are new to the game, it is simply this:  Make a weekly pick of up to 10 drivers from a mix of racing series.

You might be a specialist in one championship and know nothing about the others – it doesn’t matter.
You might think you know a little about lots of series but not enough to win – it doesn’t matter.

The game is just for fun, to see what would happen if you created a ‘pickem’ style game with lots of races, and is my way of spreading a little bit of knowledge of the racing world you otherwise might not encounter. Most of us when asked can name one rally driver, one IndyCar driver, one NASCAR driver, one sportscar driver – even if we know nothing else about the series. You’d be surprised how much you do know.

Don’t worry if you didn’t enter the first week – there was only one race and it will be easy to catch up.

Game News

I’ve created a sub-section of the blog for the game:

You’ll be able to refer to that page to see the race schedule, a summary of the rules and the latest points standings. It is a work-in-progress at the moment and weekly updates and entries will still be via the main blog.

How To Enter

1. Reply to this post.

2. List up to TEN drivers. Remember you can only pick up to SEVEN from a single series (if you go over I’ll take the first seven in order).

3. Send your entry before Friday.

That’s it!

You can have any combination within the framework, so you could have 7 from WRC and 3 from NASCAR, or vice versa, or anything in between, e.g.:

WRC 7 6 5 4 3
NASCAR 3 4 5 6 7

This is the first week with more than one event and I’m intrigued about the different strategy choices you come up with, not just in numbers but in driver combinations. I wish you good luck! If you are not familiar with this week’s events, read on for some possible pointers.

Events in Week 3

Every week in this section I hope to provide a short paragraph about each race, a few options for people aren’t fans and are happy to guess, and a link to the entry list for those who want to make an informed choice.

There are two eligible events this week:

NASCAR Sprint Cup – Daytona 500, Daytona, Florida, USA

This is the first race of the long NASCAR season. A field of 43 drivers will contest the 500 miles and probably about half of those could pick up decent game points, but equally they could get wiped out in ‘The Big One’. Superspeedways like this are a bit of a lottery.

Daytona has a unique qualifying system and the front row has already been decided. Mark Martin is on pole with Dale Earnhardt Jr alongside him. The remainder of the field will be set via two qualifying races to be held Thursday night – though they could come too late for this week’s game cut-off, for most of us at least.

Some options:  Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Jr, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick. Here are the results from the most recent practice session as at Wednesday night.

World Rally – Rally Sweden

The first WRC round of the year is a snow rally and you are gambling on the drivers not ending up in a snow bank or sliding into a tree. This rally marks Kimi Raikkonen’s debut as a professional rally driver after some warm-up drives in lesser events. Is he worth a punt or is it too soon? Marcus Gronholm also appears in a one-off drive in a Ford Focus, in a well-run car in this event he loves he could do well. Note that Ken Block has NOT been entered for this rally.

Some options:  Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen, Petter Solberg, Henning Solberg, Marcus Gronholm.  Here is a PDF Entry List.

WRC 7 6 5 4 3
NASCAR 3 4 5 6 7

TMR Game – Week 1 Results

Here are the results from Week 1 of the 2010 Too Much Racing Game!

Daytona 24 Hours

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Congratulations go to Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Rockenfeller for taking an unfancied and unexpected win for the underdog Action Express team!

The early demise of the no.02 Ganassi entry featuring Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray cost everybody points, they were so hotly tipped that every player picked one or two drivers from the team! Engine failure meant they were only classified 37th, though were were still awarded 1 point under the ARFL points system.

Several players also picked drivers from the Bourdais/Collard/Maassen car which also ran into trouble and only finished 23rd overall, a lot of points were lost there as they only picked up 7 game points.


The big winner this week is RG who despite picking two drivers from that 02 car and most picking one, still managed to score a convincing win. Congrats RG! You were the only one to have 4 drivers scoring in double-figures, the rest of us only had 3 such drivers, with one exception.

At the other end of the admittedly-small field, Jackie predicted she wouldn’t do so well and unfortunately this came true as she was the only player to have 2 drivers picking up points in double-figures. Don’t let that put you off! There isn’t a huge gap, and hopefully some more players will join up over the next few weeks so you still have an advantage.

Speedgeek and myself were the only ones to pick a driver from the 1st and 2nd placed cars, so we place well too. Jussayin’.

Scores from Week 1:

Player Week 1 Total Score
1 RG 143 143
2 Pat W 134 134
3 The Speedgeek 133 133
4 Startledbunny 121 121
5 Dank 118 118
6 James 109 109
7 Burwellian 106 106
8 Jon Waldock 105 105
9 Jackie 99 99

Note – as this is week one and I’m finding my feet still, I may have overlooked something simple, if so I will advise if there are any changes.

Thanks hugely to the initial entrants – and I hope some more players join when the more familiar series kick off!

EDIT – I’ve uploaded the Scoresheet to Google Docs. This is the file showing everyone’s picks and what those picks scored. There is also a master scoresheet which generates the score for each driver, but that’s too big for Google Docs to convert.

Next Week:

The TMR Game takes a break next week. The next events eligible for points are the WRC Rally Sweden and the NASCAR Daytona 500 over the weekend of 13-14 February and I plan to open entries on Wednesday 10th.

I’d appreciate some feedback on an appropriate closing time for entries for that weekend. Is Friday okay, given the rally runs that day? We could say midday UK. I will look up the rally schedule and confirm in the entry post next Wednesday.

Game Week 1: 30-31 January 2010

Welcome to the Too Much Racing Game..thing! I haven’t thought of a good name yet (help please?).

This is the entry post for the first round of the year, which only covers one race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Wait don’t run away! There are plenty of familiar names so just pick your favourites!

If you already know your picks just hit reply and list your entries for this week. You have until FRIDAY at 7pm UK time (2pm US ET). If not, read on.

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See here for a further discussion of the Game’s rules, but the following is all you really need to know:

– Pick 10 drivers per week, maximum of 7 drivers per race (e.g. you can pick up to 7 this week, there is only one race).

– The game includes F1, IndyCar, NASCAR, DTM, WRC, ALMS and LMS events, as well as Daytona and Le Mans. This sounds confusing at first – don’t worry, you should only ever have at most a choice of 4 events per week… And you should be able to get by perfectly fine just by picking just two, like F1 and NASCAR.

– I will post updates every Wednesday from now until November. Updates will show points scored that week and provide details of the upcoming races.

– Don’t worry if the only race that week is unknown to you. I’d imagine for most reading now this is one of those weeks. You only need to ask a question and either myself or somebody else will do our best to answer. Or, just guess! It doesn’t matter, the game is only for fun so have fun with it, take risks, do what you want!

– In any case, I’ll try to walk through what’s on each week so that nobody gets lost – this week I have gone into extra detail because it is week one, and because this race isn’t really followed outside of the US. Its included in the game because the driver mix is interesting. The NASCAR champ racing the IRL champ, who’s sharing a car with Montoya, with Bourdais thrown into the mix? Can’t resist that.

– Tip: Picks carry over from week to week, so later on you may like to have a NASCAR driver or two in there just in case you forget to enter, since they race most weeks.

Ready? Let’s go.

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Rolex 24 at Daytona  (Entry List)

Several notable names are joining the series regulars for this race, here is a selection of cars with ‘name’ drivers you may recognise:

Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR, ex-F1, ex-CART), Scott Dixon (IRL) and Dario Franchitti (IRL) share a car for Chip Ganassi;

Justin Wilson (IRL) and Max Papis (ex-F1, ex-CART, NASCAR) share the other Ganassi car;

Pedro Lamy (Peugeot Le Mans, ex-F1) and Max Angelelli (sportscars) drive the SunTrust car;

Sebastien Bourdais (ex-F1, ex-ChampCar), Sascha Maassen (LM) and Emmanual Collard (LM) drive a Crown Royal car;

Ryan Hunter-Reay (IRL) and Lucas Luhr (LM) share another Crown Royal car;

Raphael Matos (IRL) and Butch Leizinger (lots of sportscars) share the Brumos entry;

Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR) and Jimmy Vasser (ex-CART) drive the GAINSCO / Bob Stallings entry;

Ricardo Zonta (ex-F1) drives for Krohn Racing;  Buddy Rice (ex-IRL?) is in the Spirit of Daytona;

And of course, lots of series regulars including Scott Pruett. Consult the entry list for more. These are all in the main Daytona Prototype class, scroll down to look through the GT entries – you never know which of the DP cars will hit trouble, might be worth a punt on a GT if you’re feeling lucky.

Important Note – the Game scoring will be based on the overall finishing position, not class position.

*If you have no idea what I’m saying, just pick 7 of the above!*

It is up to you how you pick your entry. You can pick Montoya, Dixon and Franchitti if you like, but remember that they are driving the same car so if it breaks down you’ve lost 3 of your 7. That said, they are one of the hot tips for the win. It is up to you whether you want to spread the risk among cars that might not be good, or place your eggs in one basket. Nobody has the right answer until Sunday night.

Final note – qualifying is on Thursday. I’ve held entries open until Friday because this is the first event of the year and I think maybe less than half of my readership know anything about it – and it is a 24 hour race so qualifying is almost meaningless. For the rest of the year I would like to close entries before qualifying – there may be an exception again for Le Mans, we’ll see!

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Two easy steps.

1 – Pick your 7 drivers (that’s individual DRIVERS not cars).

2 – Type it as a reply to this post.

That’s it!

Deadline –  Friday 29th January 2010 at 7pm GMT, that’s 2pm EST in the US/Canada. You have 2 days, and entries MUST be made in reply to this post. Emails and tweets won’t count.

Have fun, and good luck! Don’t forget to ask plenty of questions.

EDIT – This race is covered on SPEED TV in the US and Canada, with patchy coverage on Eurosport across Europe. The race starts at 3.30pm ET Saturday, that’s 8.30pm UK.