Fantasy Indycar

*See the list of who you and others have picked throughout the season towards the bottom*

Hello everyone! My name is Matthew Hickey, and I am the commissioner of Fantasy Indycar. Fantasy Indycar is a league that started from nothing in 2012. It has grown into a great competition amongst friends and fans alike, while becoming one of the most popular things about my website. Fantasy Indycar is meant to enhance one’s experience of Indycar, as having specific drivers to root for increases the appreciation for each race. It’s also a great way to connect with new people in a friendly competition.

Sadly, Fantasy Indycar is a closed league. The maximum number of competitors is 33. There is a simply too much of a workload that goes along with the league to increase it beyond 33 entrants, as everything in the league is done manually by me. I’m sorry to those of you who wish to join the league but I can’t go beyond 33 entries. Each season, I ask people on Twitter if they would like to be put on the Waiting List for the next season. If there are positions to fill, I look to the list and select new participants. This year, the list will be open on June 1st, 2015 and will close October 31st, 2015. Current competitors get first dibs to come back, but they always have the right to leave.

So, how does Fantasy Indycar work? Here’s a rundown of the rules:
  • Picks - For a race, a competitor will select five drivers who they think will do well for a single race. The goal is to pick drivers who you think will win.

  • Scoring - After the race, I go back and see who everyone picked and appropriate points based on where they finish. For example, if my five drivers finished 2nd, 4th, 8th, 15th, and 21st, I would score 120 points for that round (2nd = 40 points, 4th = 32 points, 8th = 24 points, 15th = 15 points, and 21st = 9 points). I stick the Indycar scoring system for each round. The full scoring system can be found here: http://www.indycar.com/Fan-Info/INDYCAR-101/Points-System. If a driver receives a penalty following a race, participants will incur the same penalty.

  • Deadline - All picks must be sent to me any time prior to the first practice session of a race weekend. Failure to do so will result in a 50% reduction in points gained for that race. For example (from the previous bullet point), my 120 points would turn into 60 if I had not turned them in on time. This is to prevent someone from gaining a competitive advantage by seeing practice and qualifying results before the race, thus adding some skill and strategy to the selections a person makes.

  • Maximum cumulative picks - A participant may only pick a driver five times in a single season. For obvious reasons, you cannot pick the same driver twice in one race. This is to prevent a participant picking the same dominant driver in every race. I will notify you when you are no longer allowed to pick a driver. At the bottom of the main page, I have everyone's cumulative picks added up, so double check there.

  • Doubleheaders - For doubleheader races, two separate sets of picks are needed. They can be the same for each race or different, it does not matter. Just make sure to differentiate when you send your picks to me.

  • The Month of May – May has two special rules: 1) participants will include a sixth pick for the Indy 500. This pick doesn't count towards your five cumulative picks on the season. The sixth pick is your prediction as to who wins the pole. If you guess correct, you get 25 points. If incorrect, there's no penalty. 2) There's an optional 25 point bonus option that involves something through Twitter, though it changes by year. Also, since points get awarded to drivers based on where they qualify, qualifying and bonus (Q+B on the sheet) is a separate round on the schedule for the season.

  • Tiebreakers - the tiebreaking procedure following every round goes as follows (in order): 1) Whoever has more wins on the season gets the position. 2) If each participant has the same number of wins, the next tiebreaker is whoever has more podiums. 3) If they have the same number of podiums, the next tiebreaker is whoever has more top-fives. 4) If the participants have the same number of top-fives, the final deciding factor is whoever had the most points in a non-double point race. If for some reason there's a tie, then it goes by the second highest, third, fourth, etc. I guarantee this won't happen haha.

  • The Ryan Briscoe Rule - If a driver is injured before the race takes place and another driver takes his place, the participants who picked the injured driver will collect points from the replacement driver. You will be refunded a pick for the injured driver and charged a pick for the new driver. If you have maxed out the picks for the replacement, then you will receive 0 points for that pick. If the team decides not to sit out the event, then you will receive the points they get (if a team enters the race but doesn't start, they get a 50% reduction in points).

  • Resolution #1 aka Elimination - Proposed November 1st, 2014. Ratified November 9, 2014 with a 32-0 vote with 1 abstention. Resolution #1 states that the three competitors that finish 31st, 32nd, and 33rd after the final round of the season will be eliminated from the field for the following season.

  • In order for a resolution to be passed, it needs to first be approved by me. If the okay is given, then it will be put to a vote. It needs 17 votes to pass. In order to amend a rule, it needs a two-thirds vote to pass. Resolutions may only be proposed to me in the offseason.


  • Any questions or concerns can be addressed to me on Twitter, @Indycar_MN, or via email, indycarmn@gmail.com


2016 Fantasy Indycar Field



Name Twitter Handle
Alan Stewart _alanstewart
Andy Nagel Gabbahey75
Chris Blackburn  chblackburn23
Chris Mienaltowski CPMski
Conor Daly conordaly22
David Leiting Jr. Dlite_47
David Redner IndyCART
DJ Jordan djordan3223
Eric Hall Erock_in_Indy
Jake Neely indycarfan25
James Alban TheKing0fSwing
James Sedlmayr dfd827
Jerry Cruz Indycar_Raider
Jessica Baker bakerjm13
Johanna Husband writebend
Kieran Brughelli  kieranbrughelli
Kyle Lewis kylelewis1
Lynn Weinberg lynnweinberg
Martin Plowman plowey
Mathew Gruenholz IndycarSTIG
Matthew Hickey Indycar_MN
Michael Friedman mfriedman_63
Mike Crawford 7BigMike
Mitch Robinson mitchrobinson_
Morgan Polizzi morganpolizzi
Paige Hill paigehilll
Rick Snodie  rickfromwi
Sam Klein sklein31
Sandy Lamparello npssandy
Sarah Hall flywheel011
Sean Kennedy _6thgear_
Sophie Hanson Sophie_Hansons3
Steven Jenkins       ukindyfan



2015 Standings (Full-page updated as of 8-30)

Pos Name Twitter Handle Score Gap Change
1 Mike Crawford 7BigMike 2325 2
2 David Redner IndyCART 2308 -17 -1
3 James Sedlmayr dfd827 2294 -31 -1
4 David Leiting Jr. Dlite_47 2246 -79 1
5 James Alban TheKing0fSwing 2170 -155 1
6 Paige Hill paigehilll 2158 -167 6
7 Gina Navarra  gmnavarra 2157 -168 2
8 Chris Mienaltowski CPMski 2155 -170 -4
9 Sam Klein sklein31 2151 -174 -2
10 Alan Stewart _alanstewart 2125 -200 -2
11 Matthew Hickey Indycar_MN 2120 -205 3
12 Mathew Gruenholz IndycarSTIG 2119 -206 4
13 DJ Jordan djordan3223 2104 -221 4
14 Kieran Brughelli  kieranbrughelli 2095 -230 10
15 Rick Snodie  rickfromwi 2089 -236 -5
16 Johanna Husband writebend 2088 -237 -1
17 Sandy Lamparello npssandy 2079 -246 6
18 Sophie Hanson Sophie_Hansons3 2066 -259 0
19 Kyle Lewis kylelewis1 2064 -261 -8
20 Jerry Cruz Indycar_Raider 2057 -268 1
21 Steven Jenkins ukindyfan 2054 -271 7
22 Conor Daly conordaly22 2019 -306 7
23 Sarah Hall flywheel011 2013 -312 -3
24 Andy Nagel Gabbahey75 2006 -319 -2
25 Jessica Baker bakerjm13 1997 -328 7
26 Jake Neely indycarfan25 1995 -330 -7
27 Chris Blackburn  chblackburn23 1985 -340 -14
28 Eric Hall Erock_in_Indy 1980 -345 -2
29 Mitch Robinson mitchrobinson_ 1963 -362 -2
30 Lynn Weinberg lynnweinberg 1947 -378 0
Justin Mann mannbeast 1930 -395 -6
Jason McVeigh jasekm 1912 -413 -1
Amy Woedl OpenWheelMom 1715 -610 0


*Note - Positions 31, 32, and 33 are not marked because that signifies the elimination zone


2015 Sheet


Pos Name Pts       STP          NOL        LB         BAR        GPI          B         IMS            DET #1          DET #2         TEX         TOR            ACS          MKE          IOW            OHI         POC           SON
1 Mike Crawford 2325 158 109 164 103 135 25 231 118 114 137 131 133 87 156 90 108 326
2 David Redner 2308 143 123 100 132 135 25 279 128 139 145 153 115 95 136 90 141 229
3 James Sedlmayr 2294 147 116 106 143 96 25 307 126 110 140 163 83 105 163 110 93 261
4 David Leiting Jr. 2246 148 114 116 56 125 25 252 125 108 143 99 111 125 172 147 104 276
5 James Alban 2170 121 126 102 146 120 25 173 99 106 141 148 129 105 157 113 130 229
6 Paige Hill 2158 103 111 115 104 156 25 251 80 104 126 127 131 82 133 91 127 292
7 Gina Navarra  2157 153 119 141 154 131 0 231 79 106 172 110 151 68 130 82 99 231
8 Chris Mienaltowski 2155 149 99 122 176 166 25 275 117 146 131 98 88 93 151 81 74 164
9 Sam Klein 2151 130 118 76 132 97 25 199 90 122 171 116 138 86 178 142 118 213
10 Alan Stewart 2125 114 94 106 136 88 25 298 106 115 132 94 112 101 160 112 140 192
11 Matthew Hickey 2120 141 82 107 141 76 25 242 105 101 138 150 114 108 113 83 133 261
12 Mathew Gruenholz 2119 120 97 171 138 73 25 192 86 103 143 106 128 99 157 111 106 264
13 DJ Jordan 2104 124 122 146 86 104 25 135 96 116 118 158 111 111 121 154 120 257
14 Kieran Brughelli  2095 74 123 139 113 60 25 231 147 140 163 83 127 91 136 126 42 275
15 Rick Snodie  2089 147 98 86 163 72 25 263 82 122 104 117 147 72 142 170 111 168
16 Johanna Husband 2088 83 125 106 137 89 0 258 130 114 115 175 99 105 131 62 128 231
17 Sandy Lamparello 2079 130 97 132 111 123 25 151 90 117 107 154 108 93 124 123 136 258
18 Sophie Hanson 2066 158 102 111 133 95 0 250 104 89 114 128 74 123 109 115 141 220
19 Kyle Lewis 2064 122 94 123 168 72 25 241 124 89 137 86 148 71 163 107 116 178
20 Jerry Cruz 2057 138 62 129 154 88 0 279 72 69 162 88 122 117 121 121 106 229
21 Steven Jenkins 2054 95 129 63 128 77 25 203 111 110 134 114 126 108 125 121 121 264
22 Conor Daly 2019 125 130 158 137 69 0 140 133 99 134 85 133 112 109 125 97 233
23 Sarah Hall 2013 123 109 105 139 87 25 198 87 74 132 153 148 94 123 107 127 182
24 Andy Nagel 2006 187 105 92 132 91 25 242 55 63 114 114 87 121 114 154 127 183
25 Jessica Baker 1997 96 112 144 111 67 25 177 94 109 116 129 134 101 104 113 106 259
26 Jake Neely 1995 140 87 127 93 101 25 170 95 92 112 136 152 110 143 121 135 156
27 Chris Blackburn  1985 102 140 90 123 92 25 234 98 91 86 104 118 131 178 122 125 126
28 Eric Hall 1980 151 101 91 116 85 25 250 100 101 125 108 77 79 102 156 125 188
29 Mitch Robinson 1963 107 86 108 108 58 25 217 87 131 101 86 123 140 161 151 102 172
30 Lynn Weinberg 1947 82 70 118 125 81 25 291 88 93 124 105 125 107 93 99 125 196
31 Justin Mann 1930 128 114 116 145 84 25 122 126 85 154 102 136 124 133 85 125 126
32 Jason McVeigh 1912 120 77 136 141 78 25 136 124 133 112 111 93 96 131 125 109 165
33 Amy Woedl 1715 147 123 101 142 87 25 236 87 114 91 94 93 100 158 117 0 0

P1 - Green
P2 - Yellow
P3 - Orange
Top-5 - Aqua
Penalty - Black
Threat of elimination - Red


Picks by Race

St. Petersburg: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/03/fantasy-indycar-picks-st-petersburg.html
NOLA: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/04/fantasy-indycar-picks-nola.html
Long Beach: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/04/fantasy-indycar-picks-long-beach.html
Barber: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/04/fantasy-indycar-picks-barber.html
GPI: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/05/fantasy-indycar-picks-gpi.html
Indianapolis: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/05/fantasy-indycar-picks-indianapolis.html
Detroit: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/05/fantasy-indycar-picks-detroit.html
Texas: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/06/fantasy-indycar-picks-texas.html
Toronto: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/06/fantasy-indycar-picks-toronto.html
Fontana: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/06/fantasy-indycar-picks-fontana.html
Milwaukee: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/07/fantasy-indycar-picks-milwaukee.html
Iowa: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/07/fantasy-indycar-picks-iowa.html
Mid-Ohio: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/07/fantasy-indycar-picks-mid-ohio.html
Pocono: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/08/fantasy-indycar-picks-pocono.html
Sonoma: http://indycarmn.blogspot.com/2015/08/fantasy-indycar-picks-sonoma.html


Hall of Fame
     -2012: 1st) Kyle Lewis 2nd) Andy Manes 3rd) Matthew Hickey
     -2013: 1st) Jason McVeigh 2nd) Matthew Hickey 3rd) Mathew Gruenholz
     -2014: 1st) DJ Jordan 2nd) Sophie Hanson 3) Chris Mienaltowski
     -2015: 1st) Mike Crawford 2nd) David Redner 3rd) James Sedlmayr


Michael Tressler Rookie of the Year (named for former Fantasy Indycar participant Michael Tressler, who tragically passed away in 2014 at the age of 37)
 
      -2014: Sophie Hanson
      -2015: Paige Hill


All-Time Wins List (2014 and onwards)

Pos Participant  Wins
1 Chris Mienaltowski 4
2 Chris Blackburn 3
3 Sophie Hanson 3
4 Gina Navarra 2
5 Kyle Lewis 2
6 Mathew Gruenholz 2
7 Rick Snodie 2
8 Sam Klein 2
9 Steven Jenkins 2
10 Alan Stewart 1
11 Andy Nagel 1
12 David Redner 1
13 DJ Jordan 1
14 Jake Neely 1
15 James Sedlmayr 1
16 Jason McVeigh 1
17 Jerry Cruz 1
18 Jessica Baker 1
19 Johanna Husband 1
20 Kieran Brughelli 1
21 Matthew Hickey 1
22 Michael Tressler 1
23 Mike Crawford 1
24 Mitch Robinson 1


Cumulative Picks Per Participant

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