Call for picks for Phoenix

Entries for the Phoenix race are due by midnight U.S. Eastern time, Thursday March 30th!!! (this should be around Friday 05:00:00 Universal Time/GMT). So, let's get those entries in! Please, read the rules carefully and pay special...

Entries for the Phoenix race are due by midnight U.S. Eastern time, Thursday March 30th!!! (this should be around Friday 05:00:00 Universal Time/GMT). So, let's get those entries in! Please, read the rules carefully and pay special attention to the entry format and spelling! I suggest that you print out this document and keep it close. I always get entries with either wrong format, spelling errors or submitted too late to be allowed! Avoid these problems, check carefully your entry and submit early! Good Luck! :-)

What is the IndyCar Pick12 contest? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is a just-for-fun contest among IndyCar racing fans on the InterNet where each participant uses his/her knowledge of IndyCar racing to predict how drivers will finish at each race in the PPG Cup IndyCar World Series season. Each entry will be scored based on the results of each race. The key to participation is one's knowledge of the sport, insider information, and most of all, psychic ability (in other words, luck). Keep in mind that the only thing that you win here are bragging rights, there is no prize money or anything else to be won!

Ok, How do I participate in the IndyCar Pick12 contest? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Easy, just read and follow these rules carefully:

IndyCar Pick12 contest rules ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1. Before the qualifying period for each race begins, you must pick who do you think will take the pole, who will lead the most laps in the race and which drivers will finish in the top 12 positions.

2. Send a message with your picks to the following address(es):

Primary: as789@cleveland.freenet.edu Secondary: fdiazriv@heartland.bradley.edu

The primary address is my preferred one, the secondary is just in case your mail bounces back (for some strange reason) or you can't reach the first one. Now, for those with WWW access, there's a webpage located at:

http://www.hfb.se/~d94sso/pick12/pick12.html (rules and other info) http://www.hfb.se/~d94sso/pick12/form.html (fill-in entry/form)

You can also use it to enter the contest! Courtesy of Stefan Soderholm!!! (Thanks very very much Stefan, I appreciate all the work you have done!) :-)

NOTE: There's no limit on the number of participants that can enter the contest using the same address, you can have as many people as you want using your address.

3. Here is the format for the Pick12 entry. I process the entries automatically using a program and you must adhere to the format below, since running this competition isn't my full-time job, I reserve the right to reject entries that are not properly formatted (check further below the section that states the error handling procedure).

a. Your message should say "Pick12" (or something related to it, like a reply to the "Call for picks:" message) in the "Subject:" field, but anything else will be acceptable and won't disqualify you from the contest. This subject will help me sorting out all the daily mail I receive in my account.

b. The body of the message must contain a line with the text "Player:" (without the quotes) followed by your full name (first and last names).

NOTE: Please be careful when spelling your name; if, for example, I use Francisco J. Diaz in one race entry and then change to Francisco Diaz at a later race, my program will take it as 2 different players. Also, try not to use either nicknames or first name only, there are many players and it might cause problems later on the season.

c. The body of the message must contain a line with the text "ReplyTo:" (without the quotes) followed by your Internet email address. This line will help me should I need to contact you. Please, use your COMPLETE Internet email address.

d. The body of the message must contain a line with the text "Race:" (without the quotes) followed by the *RACE* (check the list below for the allowed races, use the list in the 1st column for the "Race:" line of your entry) that the entry is for. Here are the races that the program recognizes:

Race Date ~~~~ ~~~~ Miami March 5 Australia March 19 Phoenix April 2 Long Beach April 9 Nazareth April 23 Indianapolis May 28 Milwaukee June 4 Detroit June 11 Portland June 25 Road America July 9 Toronto July 16 Cleveland July 23 Michigan July 30 Mid-Ohio August 13 New Hampshire August 20 Vancouver September 3 Laguna Seca September 10

e. The body of the message must contain a line with the text "Pole:" (without the quotes) followed by the *NAME OF THE DRIVER* (check the list below for the allowed driver names) that you think will take the pole.

f. The body of the message must contain a line with the text "Most laps led:" (without the quotes) followed by the *NAME OF THE DRIVER* (check the list below for the allowed driver names) that you think will lead the most laps in the race.

NOTE: The Pole: and Most Laps Led: picks, when gotten right, pay big points! :-)

g. The body of the message must contain your picks, one per line, in order from 1st to 12th place. Each pick is a position number followed by the name of the driver (check the list below for the allowed driver names).

NOTE: Please be careful when spelling the driver's names, Fitipaldi is not the same as Fittipaldi, and Lynn is not the same as Lyn. If you misspell a driver's name you risk loosing the points (if any) for such driver since the program won't know who you are referring to, please type them *exactly* like they are listed here. I'm trying to set up a synonym list for those common spelling errors we usually make, but haven't got it quite right yet...

The driver names that the program recognizes are these (exactly like they are typed here, more will be added later if necessary), if a driver that you know is participating in the race is not listed, feel free to put it in your picks as the list will be updated before scoring takes place:

Active drivers (and/or confirmed) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Adrian Fernandez Eric Bachelart Al Unser Jr. Gil de Ferran Alessandro Zampedri Hiro Matsushita Andre Ribeiro Jacques Villeneuve Bobby Rahal Jimmy Vasser Bryan Herta Mauricio Gugelmin Christian Danner Michael Andretti Christian Fittipaldi Paul Tracy Danny Sullivan Raul Boesel Dean Hall Robby Gordon Dennis Vitolo Scott Pruett Eddie Cheever Stefan Johansson Eliseo Salazar Teo Fabi Emerson Fittipaldi

Inactive drivers (and/or unknown status) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Andrea Montermini Mark Smith Arie Luyendyk Mauro Baldi Brian Till Michael Greenfield Buddy Lazier Mike Groff Claude Bourbonnais Mimmo Schiattarella David Kudrave Olivier Grouillard Davy Jones Pancho Carter Dominic Dobson Parker Johnstone Franck Freon Robbie Buhl Fredrik Ekblom Robbie Groff Gary Bettenhausen Roberto Guerrero Gary Brabham Roberto Moreno Giovanni Lavaggi Rocky Moran Hideshi Matsuda Ross Bentley Jeff Andretti Scott Brayton Jeff Wood Scott Goodyear Jim Crawford Scott Sharp John Andretti Stan Fox John Paul Jr. Stephan Gregoire Johnny Parsons Tero Palmroth Lyn St. James Tony Bettenhausen Marco Greco Willy T. Ribbs

The inactive drivers list are those drivers that we might see back in IndyCar at some point during the season, whether at the Indy 500, team additions or just replacing an injured/fired driver, etc... They are not guaranteed race, but I kept them to avoid adding/deleting drivers constantly...

Here is a sample Pick12 entry: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Subject: Pick12

# # Here are my 12 picks, please add me to your mailing list # (that is, if I'm not on it yet)... #

Player: Francisco J. Diaz ReplyTo: as789@cleveland.freenet.edu Race: Indianapolis

Pole: Nigel Mansell

Most laps led: Paul Tracy

1. Emerson Fittipaldi 2. Nigel Mansell 3. Mario Andretti 4. Al Unser Jr. 5. Paul Tracy 6. Bobby Rahal 7. Mike Groff 8. Raul Boesel 9. Scott Goodyear 10. Adrian Fernandez 11. Robby Gordon 12. Michael Andretti

h. Case is not important here, but spelling is! All lines *MUST* start in column one. Comment lines must start with a "#" character, everything from the "#" to the end of the line will be ignored. You can have comments and/or blank lines between the picks, but DO NOT PUT COMMENTS ON THE PICK LINES! I prefer that you make comments either at the beginning of your entry or at the end. Please comply with the format! I will *NOT* edit entries with errors to make them acceptable. I'm sorry about this, but I just don't have the time to edit incorrectly formatted entries. At the most, what I can do is send you a reply stating that it is an invalid entry, but don't count or rely on it too much as I have others things to do (check the section that states the error handling procedure further below).

i. Picks must be unconditional, things like: "I pick Bobby Rahal for first place unless he isn't racing in which case I pick Paul Tracy", are not allowed.

NOTE: Error handling procedure

In the event that I find any error(s) in your entry, either before or after the deadline and/or at scoring time, the following steps will be taken according to the error(s) in question, note that no changes will be accepted after the deadline (simply it's not fair for the other players, so please make sure that your entry is correct before sending it or if not sure you can re-submit your entry, the last entry received and allowed before the deadline will be the one used):

1. Any entry with its Player: or Race: lines empty will be disallowed.

2. If 1 or more of your picks is empty, you'll loose those potentially valuable points.

3. If you send an entry with missing lines (not empty but missing, ie. any of the lines required for the entry are missing), your entry will be disallowed. Excess lines will be commented out.

4. If there is more than 1 driver for the same position (ie. 2 drivers picked for position 5) the first driver appearing will be the official pick, thus leaving the other out.

5. If the same driver's name appears more than once in your top 12 picks, only the first/highest occurrence will be scored. The other(s) will be treated as if no pick was supplied, thus loosing potentially valuable points.

6. If you have picks out of sequence, your entry will be disallowed.

7. In the event you entry has a driver name spelling error, you will loose the potentially valuable points for such driver.

Here's an example of the common errors found so far:

Player: # Error: empty Player: line, entry will be disallowed. # Error: missing ReplyTo: line, entry will be disallowed. Race: Indiannapolis # Error: wrong spelling on the race name

Pole: Nigel Mansell

Most laps led: # Warning: empty position, no driver picked for most laps led # will loose potential points.

1. Emerson Fittipaldi 2. Nigel Mansell 3. Mario Andretti 4. Al Unser Jr. 5. Paul Tracy 5. Bobby Rahal # Warning: 2 drivers for the same position, only P. Tracy # will count, leaving B. Rahal out. 6. David Kudrave 7. Mike Groff 9. Raul Boesel 8. Scott Goodyear # Error: picks out of sequence, entry will be disallowed. 10. Adrian Fernandez 11. Bobby Rahal # Error: driver has already been picked for another position, # this position will be treated as empty. 12. Michael Andreti # Error: wrong driver name spelling, will loose potential points.

In the event I find an error in your entry I will proceed according to what the rules state, but I remind you to check your entry carefully as sometimes many errors go by unnoticed and I can't guarantee all of them will be found (at least not yet). This is being done because the problem is that many people send entries wrongly formatted and when I notify them, the reply I get is that they didn't read the rules. If you can enter the F1 & NASCAR contests (very good ones indeed!), entering this one shouldn't be hard at all, since it is based in (almost) the same stuff.

4. Picks are due by midnight U.S. Eastern time of the Thursday preceding the race (this should be around Friday 05:00:00 Universal Time/GMT). I chose this time so that those who have access to early practice and qualifying information won't have an unfair advantage over those who don't. To make it absolutely unambiguous exactly when an entry is received, I will use the time at which it is delivered to my electronic mailbox, please, try to send your entry early as you know how unreliable and/or slow sending email thru the InterNet sometimes is. Entries arriving after the deadline time may be allowed or disallowed at the discretion of the organizer (Francisco J. Diaz). You may send entries as far in advance of a race as you wish, and you may change your entry as many times as you wish, up to the deadline. The last entry received and allowed will be the one used.

Unlike other contests, there are no rollovers, if you fail to send an entry for a race, or if your entry arrives too late to be counted, you will miss the race, thus loosing potentially valuable points. This is to stimulate everyone to participate in the contest consistently, not to hurt anyone (just ask some of last season's players who missed 1 or more races, how important it is to send entries on time for each race, and how it hurt them at the end of the season).

As of now I do not have a "Return Receipt" option set in my program; however, I do send out/will post an "IndyCar Pick 12 player entries report" in r.a.s.n and r.a.s.i prior to, or around the DEADLINE as an acknowledgement for those who sent entries. I will also set a mailing list with those participants who want all the info (call for picks, entries received report, results report and other stuff) mailed directly to them, if you want to become part of it, let me know by putting a COMMENT in your entry stating such (if you haven't done so yet). If you don't want to be put on the mailing list, it is your sole responsibility to check the list posted on r.a.s.n and r.a.s.i to make sure I received your entry, I will handle "lost mail" incidents on a "as needed" basis. If there is a major problem in the net that prevents most entries from reaching me, I have the right to cancel that event.

NOTE: I do plan on participating in the contest and I do have morals and integrity so there's no need to worry about me cheating. But just in case there is anyone out there who doubts my sincerity, I will include my picks in the last "IndyCar Pick 12 player entries report" mailed to everyone.

5. In the event of a rainout at qualification time, the starting lineup for the race will be placed on the grid according to the current current points standings (as I have been told the IC rules state), therefore if this occurs, all Pick12 entrants will receive zero points for their pole pick for that race. The race will be scored solely on the first 12 places picks and Most Laps Led pick. This is done because most likely some people might/will be able to tell before the dealine time when it will rain hard enough to ruin qualification and therefore try to get the pole right using the weather advantage, unfair to the other players.

For those races, where the teams are given a few weeks for practice and qualification (ie. Indy 500, where the pole will already be determined way before the weekend of the event) the Pole: pick won't count. All Pick12 entrants will receive zero points for their pole pick for that race. The race will be scored solely on the first 12 places picks and Most Laps Led pick. The dealine will still be midnight U.S. Eastern time of the Thursday preceding the race (this should be around Friday 05:00:00 Universal Time/GMT).

6. Players score points for each race based on how well their picks match the actual race results. For each driver that you pick, you will score points based on where the driver finished compared to where you predicted he would finish, note that only if the driver finishes in the top 12 you will score points, if it finishes 13th or lower you won't get any points at all. Scoring goes like this:

Correctly predicted the pole winner 5 points Correctly predicted the most laps leader 5 points driver finished exactly where predicted 20 points driver finished 1 place off from where predicted 16 points driver finished 2 places off from where predicted 14 points driver finished 3 places off from where predicted 12 points driver finished 4 places off from where predicted 10 points driver finished 5 places off from where predicted 8 points driver finished 6 places off from where predicted 6 points driver finished 7 places off from where predicted 5 points driver finished 8 places off from where predicted 4 points driver finished 9 places off from where predicted 3 points driver finished 10 places off from where predicted 2 points driver finished 11 places off from where predicted 1 point driver didn't finish in the top 12 0 points

Now for the interesting part, the points you get as specified above will then be multiplied by a determined number (called multiplier or weight) to give more emphasis/importance/weight to the top picks (which works like: points awarded based on the places off of where you predicted x multiplier of the position where you put the driver in your entry). The multipliers work as follows:

pole: points awarded above x 12 lap leader: points awarded above x 12 1st place: points awarded above x 12 2nd place: points awarded above x 11 3rd place: points awarded above x 10 4th place: points awarded above x 9 5th place: points awarded above x 8 6th place: points awarded above x 7 7th place: points awarded above x 6 8th place: points awarded above x 5 9th place: points awarded above x 4 10th place: points awarded above x 3 11th place: points awarded above x 2 12th place: points awarded above <-- Normal pts here, no weight/multiplier --------------------------------------- Maximum points possible: 1690

Your total score for a race is the sum of the points scored for each driver in your entry. For example, if you picked Paul Tracy to finish 3rd and he finished 3rd, you would score 20x10 points (20 because he finished exactly where you predicted and 10 because that's the multiplier for 3rd position, where you put him in your entry). On the other hand, if you picked Paul Tracy to finish 3rd and he finished 5th, you would score 14x10 points (14 because he finished 2 places off of where you predicted and 10 because that's the multiplier for 3rd position, where you put him in your entry).

Whenever the race is over and the results become official, I will tabulate all the entries and post 2 reports to r.a.s.n and r.a.s.i (and also send them to the participants on the mailing list):

- "IndyCar Pick12 picks scoring report", which will show each player's ranking for the event, how his/her picks scored in the event, points for the event and points for the season.

- "IndyCar Pick12 player standings report", which will show the standings and some other stats among all participants.

7. Should we have any ties at any given event and/or at the end of the season, tiebreakers will be handled in the following order until the ties are broken:

1. Highest number of picks on position for the season (including pole and most laps led picks) 2. Highest number of picks that scored for the season (including pole and most laps led picks) 3. Highest event score (from any single event) 4. If there's still a tie at this point (there's always the chance that the picks were identical), it will be treated as an overall tie.

8. The IndyCar Pick12 Champion will be the player who scores the most total points over the season. All 17 races will count towards the total. Any questions, ideas, suggestions, criticism, etc. can be sent to me by either replying to this message or using the Email addresses provided at beginning.

May the best competitor win! -- | Francisco J. Diaz Rivera, Team OS/2! | Email: as789@cleveland.freenet.edu | | University of Puerto Rico | fdiazriv@heartland.bradley.edu | | Hey Waitress! There's a pubic hair in my soup! | | Programmers never die, they just get updated and recompiled! |

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