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What is the IndyCar Pick12 contest? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is a contest 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....

What is the IndyCar Pick12 contest? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is a contest 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 follow these rules:

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

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

2. Send an Email 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.

3. Here is the format for the Pick12 entry. I process the entries automatically using my program and you must adhere to the format below, since running this competition isn't my full-time job, therefore I reserve the right to reject entries that are not properly formatted.

a. Your mail message should say Pick12 in the "Subject:" field. 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 name.

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.

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 helps me should I need to contact you. Use your COMPLETE Internet mail address.

d. The body of the message must contain a line with the text "Race:" (without the quotes) followed by the *NAME OF THE RACE* (check the list below for the allowed race names) that the entry is for. Here are the race names the program recognizes:

                AUSTRALIAN GP             March 20
                PHOENIX 200               April 10
                LONG BEACH GP             April 17
                INDY 500                  May 29
                MILLER GENUINE DRAFT 200  June 5
                DETROIT GP                June 12
                GI JOE 200                June 26
                CLEVELAND GP              July 10
                INDY TORONTO              July 17
                MARLBORO 500              July 31
                PIONEER ELECTRIC 200      Aug 14
                NEW ENGLAND 200           Aug 21
                INDY VANCOUVER            Sept 4
                TEXACO HAVOLINE 200       Sept 11
                BOSCH SPARK PLUG 200      Sept 18
                MONTEREY GP               Oct 2

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.

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. 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.

The driver names that the program recognizes are these (more will be added later if necessary):

                ADRIAN FERNANDEZ                 LYNN ST. JAMES
                AL UNSER SR.                     MARCO GRECO
                AL UNSER JR.                     MARIO ANDRETTI
                ALESSANDRO ZAMPEDRI              MARK SMITH
                ANDREA MONTERMINI                MAURICIO GUGELMIN
                ARIE LUYENDYK                    MICHAEL ANDRETTI
                BOBBY RAHAL                      MICHAEL GREENFIELD
                BRIAN TILL                       MIKE GROFF
                BRYAN HERTA                      NIGEL MANSELL
                BUDDY LAZIER                     OLIVIER GROUILLARD
                CLAUDE BOURBONNAIS               PANCHO CARTER
                DAVID KUDRAVE                    PARKER JOHNSTONE
                DAVY JONES                       PAUL TRACY
                DENNIS VITOLO                    RAUL BOESEL
                DOMINIC DOBSON                   ROBBIE BUHL
                EDDIE CHEEVER                    ROBBIE GROFF
                EMERSON FITTIPALDI               ROBBY GORDON
                FRANK FREON                      ROBERTO GUERRERO
                FREDRIK EKBLOM                   ROCKY MORAN
                GARY BETTENHAUSEN                ROSS BENTLEY
                GARY BRABHAM                     SCOTT BRAYTON
                HIDESHI MATSUDA                  SCOTT GOODYEAR
                HIRO MATSUSHITA                  SCOTT SHARP
                JACQUES VILLENEUVE               STAN FOX
                JEFF ANDRETTI                    STEFAN JOHANSSON
                JIM CRAWFORD                     STEPHAN GREGOIRE
                JIMMY VASSER                     TEO FABI
                JOHN ANDRETTI                    TERO PALMROTH
                JOHN PAUL JR.                    TONY BETTENHAUSEN
                JOHNNY PARSONS                   WILLY T. RIBBS

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

Subject: Pick12

# # Here are my 12 picks #

Player: Francisco J. Diaz ReplyTo: as789@cleveland.freenet.edu Race: Indy 500

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. Bobby Rahal 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 after the end. Please comply with the format! I will *NOT* edit entries to make them acceptable. I'm sorry about this, but I just don't have the time to edit incorrectly formatted entries.

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.

j. You can't pick a driver for more than one of the 12 positions in a race entry.

NOTE: If the same driver's name appears more than once in your 12 places 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.

4. Picks are due by midnight U.S. Eastern time zone time of the Wednesday preceding the race (this should be around Thursday 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. 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, 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.

As of now I do not have a "Return receipt" procedure in my program, however, I will post an "IndyCar Pick 12 player entries report" in r.a.s prior to, or around the start of QUALIFYING as an acknowledgment for those who sent entries. It is your responsibility to check this list for your name to make sure I received your entry. I will handle "lost mail" incidents on an "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.

5. 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 versus where you predicted he would finish, it goes like this:

     Correctly predicted the pole winner                 5 points
     Correctly predicted the most laps leader            5 points
     driver finished exactly where predicted            12 points
     driver finished 1 place off from where predicted   11 points
     driver finished 2 places off from where predicted  10 points
     driver finished 3 places off from where predicted   9 points
     driver finished 4 places off from where predicted   8 points
     driver finished 5 places off from where predicted   7 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

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 come in 3rd and he did finish 3rd, you would score 12 points, but if he finished 5th, you would score 10 points.

Whenever the race is over and after I tabulate all the entries I will post 2 reports to r.a.s:

- "IndyCar Pick 12 picks scoring report", which will show how each player's picks scored in the event, his/her ranking for the event, points for the event and points for the season.

- "IndyCar Pick 12 player standings report", which will show the standings among all participants and their season points.

6. Should we have any ties at the end of the season, tiebreakers will be handled in the following order until the ties are broken:

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

7. The IndyCar Pick12 Champion will be the player who scores the most total points over the season. All 16 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!
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|    Francisco J. Diaz Rivera      | E-mail: 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 & recompiled!        |

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