Hunter-Reay records best career finish at Texas


As he and the other drivers coped with having to manage their tires with an aerodynamic package containing less downforce than they had one year ago at Texas Motor Speedway, Ryan Hunter-Reay found himself in what he later described as a “battle.”

“It was like, at times, a race against yourself, just to save the tires and keep yourself off the wall,” said Hunter-Reay, who persevered and claimed a second-place finish behind race winner Helio Castroneves – his best result ever at TMS.

“It was just a very challenging race…It’s so difficult to get the package exactly right with the downforce and the tires and the degradation of the tires, and as a series, we’re working toward that.”

Hunter-Reay took the lead after pit stops under yellow at Lap 58, marking his first-ever laps led at the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth. He led teammate Marco Andretti for the next stint until he pitted on Lap 94 for tires and fuel.

The reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion wouldn’t see the lead again for the rest of the night, but stayed toward the front even as his strategy was altered by a caution at Lap 113 that was caused by a spin-and-save job from Oriol Servia; his Andretti Autosport team decided to bring him to pit road during that yellow period.

From there, Hunter-Reay would again pit with the leaders one last time at Lap 175 and found himself in second behind Castroneves with 20 laps to go. He shaved several seconds off of Castroneves’ sizable lead but there simply wasn’t enough time to do anything serious against the Brazilian.

Now, Hunter-Reay sets his sights on replicating his victory one year ago at the Milwaukee Mile (Sat., 4 pm ET, NBC Sports Network). That touched off a three-race win streak last summer that also saw him triumph on the bullring at Iowa and the street course at Toronto.

And with himself in a heated points battle this year with Castroneves, Andretti and now Tony Kanaan, he’ll most certainly be looking for more of that magic in the weeks ahead.

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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