Rules of GridRival’s Season-Long Fantasy Matchups Game
Users will pick a side of five head-to-head driver matchups each race weekend over the course of an entire race season. Matchups will be based on the driver's finish position. Users will compete in a season-long leaderboard for the total prize pool associated with the game, which will be paid at the end of the season. Users will also compete in "Stage" leaderboards that run in parallel to the season-long leaderboard but are typically 4-6 races in length.
Each race weekend, the game will go into "lockdown" at which point, fantasy picks will be locked.
With the exception of the first event of the season, Lockdown begins at the start of each weekend's first practice session. At this point, the event has officially started, and users will no longer be eligible to modify their fantasy picks.
In the event the first practice session is canceled, the game will still go into lockdown at the previously scheduled and listed practice session start time.
In the rare event that a practice session start time is modified, GridRival may attempt to update the new lockdown time. GRIDRIVAL IS NOT LIABLE FOR CHANGES TO OFFICIAL EVENT SCHEDULES THAT OCCUR WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE ORIGINAL VERIFIED LOCKDOWN TIME.
First Event Lockdown Exception
For all fantasy matchup competitions, fantasy picks for the first event will not lock until the start of the race (rather than the start of the first practice session.) This allows potential players as much time as possible to enroll in the contest.
Driver Substitutions or Absences
In the event that a driver is substituted or will miss an event for any reason, the matchup associated with this driver will be voided.
Fantasy points are awarded per race on an exponential scale for selecting matchups accurately.
Matchups Correct Per Race
Fantasy Points Earned Per Race
In the event that a post-race decision is made by the official sport-sanctioning body or league that affects GridRival’s scoring, we will rescore the event and update the leaderboards. The same is true in the instance that GridRival encounters an issue with its software or if an error in data from a 3rd party data provider is experienced. For details on how we handle rescores for the last event in a contest or stage, please see the "payout settlement" section below.
Race Retirements (DNFs)
In the event that a driver starts but does not finish a race, their finish position will be ordered by the number of laps completed. For example, in a series with 30 drivers, if two drivers DNF, the first driver to DNF would rank 30th, and the second driver to DNF would rank 29th. If the two drivers that DNF are on the same lap, GridRival will rank them in accordance with the official results published by the sanctioning body's website. Typically, the driver who was further ahead will rank higher; however, this may not always be the case. In all cases not covered in this description, the rank will match official scoring by the relevant sport or sport-sanctioning body as is displayed on their website.
Failing to Start (DNS)
In the event that a driver does not start a race event, the matchup associated with that driver will be voided. A driver is deemed to have started a race if they participate in the formation or pace lap prior to the official race start.
When an event is canceled prior to the event's lockdown, it will be removed from the calendar, any existing fantasy picks associated with that event will be cleared and new picks will be created for the replacement event.
When a race is canceled after and the event has gone into lockdown, all fantasy picks for that race will be voided.
In the event that a venue changes after the game has gone into lockdown, all picks for that weekend will be voided if the new venue does not have a new practice and qualifying event. In that case, the event will be considered a canceled event.
In the event that a venue change is announced prior to lockdown, the event will be removed from the calendar, any existing fantasy picks will be cleared and new picks will be created for the replacement event.
(modifications made to existing venues do not count as a "venue change.")
If a race is delayed but lockdown has already occurred, GridRival will use the results from the rescheduled race once completed. If the rescheduled race is delayed in such a manner that another race will occur prior, the event will be considered canceled.
Partially Completed Events
If an event ends without the scheduled number of laps being completed (most often due to weather), GridRival will use the order of drivers classified in the official results. If there are no classified results, the event will count as "canceled."
Prizes vary from contest to contest based on a number of factors, including the number of users, entry fee size, and GridRival’s rake. To view a specific contest's prizes, tap on the “prizes” icon on any contest entry screen.
Unless a contest is marked "guaranteed," contests that do not fill all entry positions by contest lockdown will not run, and all entry fees will be refunded to the users that have entered. To avoid this happening, we recommend finding a contest that is close to full or inviting friends to participate.
Ties between one or more entries at the end of a contest or stage will be ranked in the following manner:
The entry with the most perfect (5 correct picks) event scores will be ranked higher. If there are still ties, we will then rank by the entry that has the most events with 4 correct picks, then 3, then 2, then 1.
For any contest with a prize that cannot be split (such as tickets or experiences), if there are still ties remaining after the above calculations have been made, GridRival will select a winner at random.
For any contest with a cash prize, ties remaining after the above calculations have been made will be paid by evenly dividing the prizes for the tied positions amongst all tied entries, divided down to cents. For example, if two entries were tied for first place in a contest that pays $20 for first place and $10 for second place, each entry would receive $15. Any cents that cannot be evenly divided will be awarded to the entry that was received first.
Payout and/or Prize Settlement
After the completion of a contest or stage, GridRival will wait a maximum of 24 hours for any potential penalties or violations to be noted by the official sanctioning body. If no penalties or violations are pending, GridRival may settle the contest or stage and award prizes based on the official results listed at the time.
If an investigation has been opened during the 24-hour window but not closed by its completion, GridRival will wait a maximum of 14 days after the completion of the event or stage for the sport's sanctioning body or league to issue a decision or penalty that will finalize the official results. If no decision has been made, payouts will be settled using the most current results available to GridRival at the time of settlement.
IF SUBSEQUENT PENALTIES ARE ISSUED AFTER OUR SETTLEMENT PROCESS IS COMPLETED, GRIDRIVAL WILL NOT REFUND PAYOUTS OR RESCORE THE EVENT.
IN ALL INSTANCES IN WHICH AN UNEXPECTED OR PREVIOUSLY UNEXPERIENCED CIRCUMSTANCE OCCURS THAT AFFECTS RESULTS IN A WAY THAT HAS NOT BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR IN OUR OFFICIAL RULES, THE DECISION TO SETTLE OR REFUND ENTRY FEES IS AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF GRIDRIVAL.
3rd Party Payouts or Prizes
In the event that a stage prize or season-long prize is either cash, cash equivalents, or a non-cash prize, and is settled by a 3rd party, GridRival will provide the winner's GridRival email address to the 3rd party and facilitate communications between the GridRival user and the 3rd party. GridRival is not liable to ensure settlement by a 3rd party but will ensure 3rd party agreements are legally binding between GridRival and the 3rd party to protect our users. In the event that a 3rd party cannot fulfill its obligation for any reason (bankruptcy, insolvency, etc), GridRival will not be liable in any way.
3rd Party Taxation
In the event that you receive a prize or payout from a 3rd party, you acknowledge that the 3rd party may require tax documentation such as (but not limited to) a W9 to complete the transaction.