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Attrition Game: Spain Grand Prix

Happy Mother’s Day.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: With three retirements, @dmidwestredneck wins today’s Attrition Game. Congratulations!

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Attrition Game: Bahrain Grand Prix

Not as many players today, but that’s the nature of the Attrition Game.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Vergne was the only car out in this race (though there was a lot of shoving done on track!) so there were no winners. Next time….

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Attrition Game: China Grand Prix

Another overnight race and a brush with what I can only guess were morels (nothing makes me quite that sick) means I’m puny and tired for this round. Doesn’t matter. We’ve got an Attrition Game to play.

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

RESULT: Four cars out, with two cars out almost immediately. Great race, great podium. Congratulations to @WeeklyWargamer, @rick_hunt, @joehrossi, and @kbaskins – hope your luck continues into next week.

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Attrition Game: 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

Overnight races are a real grind. The Attrition Game, thankfully, is not. Getting a lot of participation this year….which I LOVE. Will we have a winner this week?

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

First out tonight was a bit of a surprise, as Alonso tore his wing into several splintery shreds after refusing to pit on the first lap. Various pitlane shenanigans (loose wheel nuts! stripped bolts!) meant action both on- and off-track.

As for the Attrition Game? FIVE WINNERS. Six out means @slashvohaul@DougBryan1@harryagapidis@johnneese, and @RacingPoke all notched their first victories of the season. Well done!

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Attrition Game: 2013 Australian Grand Prix

First race of the season. First Attrition Game of the season. Slight tweak of the rules…and seems we have a lot of players joining us this year. Good. Let’s do this, shall we?

PLAYERS: (number out/first out if provided)

No winners tonight – three cars did not finish after taking the start (Hulk’s pre-race retirement doesn’t count). Happy Hansman tonight, though. Kimi won!

He’s back. My boy is back.

So happy to see him on the top step.

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Attrition Game 2013! Now with Tiebreaker Option!

Greetings, programs!

With a new race season comes a new season of the Attrition Game. Those who played last year know the story behind the game (short version: my dad and I are evil)…and I’m including a handy link to last year’s post which includes the rules for playing for those interested in playing along this year.

Did you see the link? Review the rules. Coolio. Thank you.

EDIT: The rules aren’t very clear, are they? Here…let me make this easier.

  1. Tell me how many cars won’t finish.
  2. Tell me prior to formation lap.
  3. If the car stops before taking the checkered flag, it counts in the final Attrition Game tally.
  4. Cars must start the race to be counted.
  5. You must Tweet your guess. I’ll watch my mentions. Please make my life easier on this – if you @ me, I’ll see it. DMs may or may not be checked. Best to just send a mention. Also – if you @ me once, leave it at that. If I miss your message, I’ll correct post-race. It gets confusing sometimes when a lot of folks play.

As you can see from the state of my blog, this place has basically become a repository for the Attrition Game and its posts. That’s fine with me…I’ve no time to spare right now, but I can always squeeze a couple of moments out of a race weekend to play The Game.

Last year’s winner (the lovely Sara) won a copy of the 2012 US Grand Prix program. We had several people tie last year. I’m thinking I need to come up with a tiebreaker this year….

I’ve got it.

Send me your count, and send me your first out. This is the first person who doesn’t make it after the green flag. They have to start to be considered first out – and if there is more than one person wiped out at one time and it’s impossible to tell who made it out first, I’ll consider everyone involved as “first out.”

If we still have a tie at the end of the season, I’ll send something to all winners. Deal?

If you forget to send me your first out, no worries. First out only applies to tiebreaker situation at the end of the season. The main part of the game has always been the attrition component.

Remember: you have to guess exactly, and more than one person can guess the same number. If no one gets it right, there is no winner for the week. I play along for fun, but I don’t count myself in the prizes. That would be stoooopid.

Good luck, and may the best random guesser win!


Attrition Game: Brazil Grand Prix

Last race. Last race for the season; last race for SPEED. Bittersweet.

The Attrition Game winds up today. No winners in last week’s USGP competition. I’ll post later today with the winner of the contest – they will receive an unopened copy of the 2012 USGP official program purchased Friday, November 16th on track.

(I thought about giving away one of the commemorative glasses, but I’m being selfish and keeping them for myself. They make wonderful drink glasses.)

It may be I have to find a way to break a tie….



We’ve had fourteen different winners during this season….

  1. @Renee__french
  2. @LargeEddie
  3. @Mihalis68
  4. @Fhchandler
  5. @Dr_mikki
  6. @Trillf1
  7. @Johnneese
  8. @Rob_pike
  9. @Graemefowler
  10. @DougBryan1
  11. @SlashVohaul
  12. @Macahan2000
  13. @_MrHS_
  14. @RacingPoke

Both @fhchandler and @LargeEddie won twice. They both chose five today.

Six cars out. This means @TrillF1 notches two wins with her victory today.


I’m going to have to figure out how to award the prizes. See, I have three commemorative glasses (shut up, don’t judge – those bartenders pour heavy, and the glasses are NICE) from the track, so if Sara or Tim would prefer a glass over the program I’m willing to send that instead. Will need to think on this…we’ll get it figured out, for sure.

Thanks for making this season one of the most memorable for me. It’s been a great time, and I’m looking forward to playing the Attrition Game next year. In the meantime, expect knitting and other nonsense in this space until next year.

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A Column About a Cooler

By request, my latest column focuses on providing a packing list for any fan looking to enjoy themselves at the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. It’s over on The Idler, and I’d love for you to take a look and tell me what you think….

See you at Turn 12, or somewhere on track. Find me.


Attrition Game: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

This is a strange track for me this year.

Last year, for this eace, I was a guest of the SPEED World HQ broadcast team for the race weekend, working and watching and learning and just soaking up the incredible experience. It was my birthday weekend, and I’ve never worked harder (or had more fun). Watching people who love what they do create an incredible product – there’s nothing quite like it. From GP2 Stew to Red Dot to watching the producers edit the little features we see each weekend…the attention to detail and the care shown by every member of the broadcast/production team is simply amazing. What you see on-screen is about 1/10th of what actually goes in to creating the broadcast. No. More like 1/20th.

This year, I’m home. I never asked to attend a broadcast this year as I thought Austin would be the weekend I’d get to work and watch and learn this year. We all know what happened.

Anyway. This weekend should be an interesting race. Late in the season; tired engines and long nights could mean a higher count for today’s Attrition Game. We’ll see.



It’s a good thing I wasn’t in the broadcast room this year, or there would’ve been some issues with copious shouting and swearing. As a Kimi fan for years, to see him take the lead was incredible.

This race can only be described as a crash-fest. Both safety car periods managed to completely throw an already chaotic race into a true frenzy. While everyone seemed to focus on Vettel’s ascent through the field, Raikkonen, Alonso, and Button kept pressuring one another for a significant part of the race.

Seven cars ended up out of the race, with six of those cars involved in heavy crashes. I think Pic was the only one to pull in from the pit, and he may have suffered secondary damage. I’m not sure. This means we have a winner! Congratulations, @_MrHS_!


Attrition Game: Indian Grand Prix

India’s a weird track. Unused for the majority of the year, the circuit takes a bit of running to get it in shape for the drivers. Late in the year (hot and humid, to boot), engines struggle to stay together as the season inexorably draws to a close. We’ve only three races to go after this before the 2012 season’s in the books. Time for India.

You can see by the short player list this week the time for the race is pretty gnarly. I’m typing this part shortly after 4 am.



Three out, including Schumacher in the closing laps. Massa ran out of fuel on his post-race in-lap. No winners. Next weekend.

Not the most exciting race, but it’s still F1.