I just played the San Fran quick-race on the Hard setting for 3 hours, and cannot finish first. I am really getting frustrated with this game. In the Quick-race's, it seems your only real shot at having a chance to win is to cause a big pileup in the first corner, and hope to come out unscathed. Once someone gets a second or two ahead, it is nearly impossible to catch up. I am currently stuck on the Kudo's Challenge, and need a better car to continue, so I am trying to complete all the quick races in first place to get something better. What is your strategy for winning the quick races? I noticed that choosing a slower car helps, as your opponents then choose slower cars. I was getting beaten by a mile with the Corvette, and do much better with the Beetle or Audi TT. However, if the CPU driver gets out in front, there is no way I can catch up... I have never been so addicted and so pissed off at a game in all my life!