IndyCar notes: Andretti leads Honda contingent; Coletti quick but unlucky and more from Long Beach


It only seems like the Verizon IndyCar Series season just started, but the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is already the third race of the year in the books. Here were some of the other stories to emerge out of Long Beach:

  • Andretti best Honda, but only P8: Marco Andretti’s post-race tweet that read: “Well executed race only to finish 8th. Frustrated.” more or less said it all. The driver of the No. 27 Merchant First/Snapple Honda had another quietly consistent run and was the top-finishing Honda driver. But the pace for Andretti – nor the other 10 Hondas in the field – just didn’t seem there as it wasn’t at St. Petersburg either. Chevrolet swept the top six in St. Pete and the top seven in Long Beach.
  • Newgarden seventh, and unlucky: After running fifth most of the race, Josef Newgarden could count himself unlucky to finish seventh. He lost time on the final pit stop sequence; still, the driver of the No. 67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet was upbeat. “We had a little bit of trouble in the pit stop as we had to wait for Graham and after that we lost out to Tony and Sebastian. We came home seventh, so it’s disappointing that we didn’t reach our potential. It was definitely a decent result,” said Newgarden, who recorded a Long Beach career-best.
  • Coletti, Filippi, Dracone all with topsy-turvy days: KV Racing Technology driver Stefano Coletti did his now usual poor start to big gain routine, up from 23rd to 15th early, before a gearbox problem cost him multiple laps. He finished 23rd and last, but posted the fastest race lap… Newgarden’s CFH teammate Luca Filippi noted his engine went into “safe mode” on the first pit stop sequence, and that’s what affected his and Will Power’s race. It ended Filippi’s quick two-for-two start to the year in the top-10… to his credit, Dale Coyne Racing’s Francesco Dracone posted his first finish this year, and also erased a trend of finishing fewer laps in every successive race he had done up to this point.
  • Already 18 different drivers with top-10s: It’s early days yet but through three races we’re starting to get a sense of who’s becoming a top-10 regular. Thus far 18 different drivers have made it in three races; those who have driven all three races but haven’t bagged a top-10 yet include Charlie Kimball, Takuma Sato, Gabby Chaves, Coletti and Dracone.

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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