IndyCar Pick 12 rules...(updated)

Picks for the IndyCar Miller Genuine Draft 200 are due by midnight U.S. Eastern time zone time, Wednesday June 1st!!! (this should be around Thursday 05:00:00 Universal Time/GMT). So, let's get those entries in! Please, read the rules ...

Picks for the IndyCar Miller Genuine Draft 200 are due by midnight U.S. Eastern time zone time, Wednesday June 1st!!! (this should be around Thursday 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!!! Many entries were either wrongly formatted, had spelling errors or were submitted too late to be allowed! Avoid these problems, check carefully your entry and submit early!

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 read and follow these rules carefully:

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, I reserve the right to reject entries that are not properly formatted.

a. Your mail 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 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 will help 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:

Race Date ~~~~ ~~~~ 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, 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 include the "." on such names who have them (like Al Unser Jr.). I'm trying to setup 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):

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ LYN 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 ROBERTO MORENO GARY BETTENHAUSEN ROCKY MORAN GARY BRABHAM ROSS BENTLEY HIDESHI MATSUDA SCOTT BRAYTON HIRO MATSUSHITA SCOTT GOODYEAR JACQUES VILLENEUVE SCOTT SHARP JEFF ANDRETTI STAN FOX JIM CRAWFORD STEFAN JOHANSSON JIMMY VASSER STEPHAN GREGOIRE JOHN ANDRETTI TEO FABI JOHN PAUL JR. TERO PALMROTH JOHNNY PARSONS TONY BETTENHAUSEN WILLY T. RIBBS

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

Subject: Pick12

# # Here are my 12 picks, please add me to your mailing list #

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. 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.

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. The same way, if there is more than 1 driver for the same positions (ie. 2 drivers for position 5) the entry won't be allowed. Also, if 1 or more of your picks is empty, you'll loose those potential points, if not corrected.

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

Player: Francisco J. Diaz ReplyTo: as789@cleveland.freenet.edu Race: Indianapolis 500 # Error: wrong spelling on the race name

Pole: Nigel Mansell

Most laps led: # Warning: no driver picked for most laps lead

1. Emerson Fittipaldi 2. Nigel Mansell 3. Mario Andretti 4. Al Unser Jr. 5. Paul Tracy 5. Bobby Rahal # Error: 2 drivers for the same position 7. Mike Groff 9. Raul Boesel 8. Scott Goodyear # Error: picks out of sequence 10. Adrian Fernandez 11. Bobby Rahal 12. Michael Andreti # Error: wrong driver name spelling

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 w R9'i 2ITM!H 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.

I will post an "IndyCar Pick 12 player entries report" in r.a.s prior to, or around the DEADLINE as an acknowledgment for those who sent entries. I will also set a mailing list with those participants who want all the info (call for picks, return receipt, results 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 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 the results become official, I will tabulate all the entries and post 2 reports to r.a.s (and also send them to the participants on the mailing list):

- "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! -- | 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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Series General
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Scott Goodyear , Michael Andretti , Raul Boesel , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Paul Tracy , Nigel Mansell , Mario Andretti , Al Unser Sr. , Emerson Fittipaldi , Michael An
Tags CART-P12