CHAMPCAR/CART: Pick12: Call for picks, Portland

Entries for the Portland race are due by midnight U.S. Eastern time, Thursday June 19th!!! (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 Portland race are due by midnight U.S. Eastern time, Thursday June 19th!!! (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! :-)

NOTE: Check the following USENET newsgroups so that you stay informed of any Pick12-related announcements (as there won't be a mailing list this year): REC.AUTOS.SPORT.INDY and REC.AUTO.SPORTS.INFO. Also, if you have WWW access, you might want to check the web page mentioned below, under rule #2. It contains the rules, entry form, results and lots of CART information. It's actually a whole lot easier and faster to submit from the web page than doing by hand on your own, try it! You will like it! :-) (and at the same time, you can check out the latest news on CART racing!) Another advantage of using SpeedCenter's form is that, once submitted, SpeedCenter also keeps a copy of it, if for any reason should your entry never get to me, I can always ask the folks at speedcenter for a copy of it, so there you go, an even better reason to go to SpeedCenter (and other than reassure your entry will get to me, get the latest scoop on CART Racing)

Also, note that, to be eligible to win any of the prizes awarded by SpeedCenter and its contest sponsor, you *MUST* must submit your entry using their entry form to enter Pick12, completely and correctly filled (full mailing address is demanded now in their entry form to get the prize out to your doorstep, otherwise, no prize). Entries sent outside SpeedCenter will not be eligible for the prizes offered.

What is the CART Pick12 contest? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Simple, it is a just-for-fun contest among CART racing fans on the Internet where each participant uses his/her knowledge of CART racing to predict how drivers will finish at each race in the PPG Cup CART World Series season. Each entry will be scored based on the results of each race. The key to sucess 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! (Note that this contest only supports CART!)

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

CART 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 any of the following addresses:

cachaco@coqui.net cachaco@bigfoot.com as789@cleveland.freenet.edu fdiazriv@heartland.bradley.edu

Note that all the email will be forwarded to the first email address (cachaco@coqui.net), so feel free to send your entry to any of them. Now, for those with WWW access, there is a web page located at:

http://www.speedcenter.com/

You can also use it to enter the contest! Courtesy of Peter Burke!!! (note that this page doesn't check for errors, so make sure you have your picks straight when using this page. Thanks very very much to Peter, I appreciate very much all the work you have done for the contest! And I encourage you all to visit his web site, www.speedcenter.com, it contains the latest scoop on CART racing) :-)

NOTE: Although there's no limit on the number of participants that can enter the contest using the same email address (you can have as many people as you want using your email address), for the prizes, here are some important details to be aware of, as follows:

Just one entry per individual. The player name must be a full name that can be identified with picture ID when our prize is delivered. No abbreviations for first and/or middle names are accepted in cases when there are multiple entries for a single email address! The winning prize will be sent to the name specified in the entry by registered mail. If that person cannot be identified by the mail delivery, the package will be returned to SpeedCenter and made available to the next highest scoring player who used the SpeedCenter form.

Once again, to be eligible to win any of the prizes awarded by SpeedCenter and its contest sponsor, you *MUST* must submit your entry using their entry form to enter Pick12, completely and correctly filled (full mailing address is demanded now in their entry form to get the prize out to your doorstep, otherwise, no prize). Entries sent outside SpeedCenter will not be eligible for the prizes offered.

This is to avoid giving prizes to anyone who, to have better chances to win any of the prizes, might try sending multiple fake entries with made-up names, all from his email address, just to have better odds to get first place. I hope you understand this is to give equal chances to everyone to compete and win prizes (have a level playing field).

3. Here is the format for the Pick12 entry. I process the entries using a program and you must adhere to the format below, since running this contest isn't a 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) 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 and then change it to Francisco Diaz later on, 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* that the entry is for (check the list below for the allowed races that you can put on the "Race:" line of your entry). Here are the races that the program recognizes:

Race Date ~~~~ ~~~~ Homestead March 2 Australia April 6 Long Beach April 13 Nazareth April 27 Brazil May 11 Illinois May 24 Milwaukee June 1 Detroit June 8 Portland June 22 Cleveland July 13 Toronto July 20 Michigan July 27 Mid-Ohio August 10 Road America August 17 Vancouver August 31 Laguna Seca September 7 California September 28

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

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* that you think will lead the most laps in the race (check the list below for the allowed driver names).

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 Stefan is not the same as Stephan. 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.

The driver names that the program recognizes are these (exactly like they are typed here, updates will be done whenever 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:

Drivers List ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Adrian Fernandez Juan Manuel Fangio Al Unser Jr. Mark Blundell Alex Zanardi Mauricio Gugelmin Andre Ribeiro Max Papis Arnd Meier Michael Andretti Bobby Rahal Michel Jourdain Jr. Bryan Herta Parker Johnstone Christian Fittipaldi Patrick Carpentier Dario Franchitti Paul Jasper Jr. Dennis Vitolo Paul Tracy Gil de Ferran PJ Jones Greg Moore Raul Boesel Gualter Salles Jr. Richie Hearn Hiro Matsushita Roberto Moreno Jimmy Vasser Scott Pruett

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

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

Pole: Al Unser Jr.

Most laps led: Paul Tracy

1. Andre Ribeiro 2. Parker Johnstone 3. PJ Jones 4. Al Unser Jr. 5. Paul Tracy 6. Bobby Rahal 7. Mark Blundell 8. Raul Boesel 9. Greg Moore 10. Adrian Fernandez 11. Jimmy Vasser 12. Michael Andretti

h. Case is not important here, but spelling is! All lines *MUST* start in column 1 (left side of your screen) and your entry must be plain text, no special characters as it won't be readable by my program. 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 ALONGSIDE/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 outlines 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 corrections and/or 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. 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 rejected. Excess lines will be commented out.

2. Any entry with its Player: or Race: lines empty will be rejected. Please, verify the spelling of the race before sending your entry or you will not get scored by the program.

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

4. If there is more than 1 driver for the same position, 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 for that particular position (where it was repeated), thus loosing potentially valuable points.

6. If you have picks out of sequence, your entry will be rejected. Any incorrectly formatted entry will be rejected.

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: Race: Brasil

# Error: empty Player: line, entry will be rejected. # Error: missing ReplyTo: line, entry will be rejected. # Warning: wrong spelling on the race name, will not get scored

Pole: Alex Zanardi

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

1. Greg Moore 2. Alex Zanardi 3. Hiro Matsushita 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. Dennis Vitolo 7. Gil De Ferran 9. Raul Boesel 8. Parker Johnstone # Error: picks out of sequence, entry will be rejected.

10. Adrian Fernandez 11. Bobby Rahal # Warning: B. Rahal has already been picked for another position, # this position will be treated as empty.

12. Micheal Andreti # Warning: 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. 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) similar rules.

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 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 rejected 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 in my program; however, WHENEVER POSSIBLE, I will try to post a "CART Pick 12 player entries report" in UseNet newsgroups (REC.AUTOS.SPORT.INDY and REC.AUTO.SPORTS.INFO) prior to, or around the DEADLINE as an acknowledgement for those who sent entries. There won't be any mailing list this year as it is a time-consuming task, which is exactly what I barely have as of late, so it is your sole responsibility to check the report that might be posted on REC.AUTOS.SPORT.INDY and REC.AUTO.SPORTS.INFO 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 moral values 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 "CART Pick 12 player entries report" posted on UseNet. And as you might know by asking around, I haven't done that good at all in the last 1 or 2 contests.. :-(

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 or practice standings (as I have been told the CART 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. where the pole will already be determined way before the weekend of the event, ala US 500) 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 as above x 12 lap leader: points awarded as above x 12 1st place: points awarded as above x 12 2nd place: points awarded as above x 11 3rd place: points awarded as above x 10 4th place: points awarded as above x 9 5th place: points awarded as above x 8 6th place: points awarded as above x 7 7th place: points awarded as above x 6 8th place: points awarded as above x 5 9th place: points awarded as above x 4 10th place: points awarded as above x 3 11th place: points awarded as above x 2 12th place: points awarded as above ----------------------------------------- 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 REC.AUTOS.SPORT.INDY and REC.AUTO.SPORTS.INFO:

- "CART 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.

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

These reports will also be available on the web page mentioned on rule #2.

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 CART Pick12 Champion will be the player who scores the most total points over the season. All races will count for 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. Thanks very much for your participation and support!!! :-)

May the best competitor win!  -- | Francisco J. Diaz Rivera | Email: cachaco@coqui.net | | Running Windows 95 & OS/2 Warp 4.0! | cachaco@bigfoot.com | | Yes, I'm a "Pinky and the Brain" fan! | as789@cleveland.freenet.edu | | Programmers never die, they just get updated and recompiled! |

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