Pagenaud leads Carb Day practice for Indy 500

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Simon Pagenaud led Carb Day practice with a late flier, tow-assisted, fastest lap of 225.827 mph for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports. Until that point, Andretti Autosport’s E.J. Viso (225.304) looked set to lead the timesheets as has been the trend this month.

Besides Pagenaud’s No. 77 HP entry, Honda has made some strides in the morning session. Cars are now running in full race trim and with the same boost level (130 kPa) as they had before a temporary increase in qualifying.

Honda entered the top 10 – something they failed to do in qualifying – with six cars. The Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates (Scott Dixon fourth, Dario Franchitti sixth), Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s James Jakes (seventh), Schmidt Peterson Pelfrey’s Katherine Legge (eighth) and Barracuda Racing’s Alex Tagliani (tenth) all cracked the top 10.

“Honda has done a lot of work before qualifying and after qualifying, and Honda’s racing mentality is to go racing and that’s exactly what they’re doing,” said Pagenaud, who starts 21st on Sunday. “They provided us with an engine that is clearly a lot better, so it’s a good sign for the race.”

“We’ve had a tough week; the Hondas were struggling a little bit,” Franchitti said over the PA system at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The Target guys did a lot of hard work between Bump Day and now. Honda’s brought a much better engine now. I feel now we have a car we can fight with.”

From discussions with all but Dixon on Thursday’s media day, the other four felt very confident with their cars in race trim.

Andretti Chevys were second (Viso), third (Ryan Hunter-Reay), and ninth (Marco Andretti). Sebastien Bourdais, who’s had a solid if unspectacular month for Dragon Racing, clocked in fifth.

There were no incidents in the hour-long session, with 1,305 laps completed, other than Ana Beatriz having a minor moment at pit in, where the Dale Coyne Racing driver got front wing damage.

Right at the end of the session, Ryan Briscoe’s engine let go down the backstraight and he pulled off in Turn 3. The engine was on fire but Briscoe emerged from the car unscathed.

“We were actually on a huge lap, coming to the checkered flag before the engine went,” he said. “But looking at the bright side of things, it’s better to happen now than the first couple laps of the race. So maybe, we’ll be really lucky and be able to put in a fresh engine without a penalty for the start of the race. It looks like the cars are running strong, so I’m feeling good for the race.”

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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