Power: Two down, two to go en route to a perfect month of May (VIDEO)


INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power said after his pole position on Friday, ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, that he wants to finish in four sessions in the month of May.

Those sessions are in order: Grand Prix qualifying, Grand Prix race for the Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 qualifying and Indianapolis 500 race.

Power’s a perfect two-for-two to kick off the month.

After securing the pole on Friday with a new track record lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Power dominated Saturday’s race en route to his first win of the year, which seemed only a matter of time before he finally got on the scoreboard for the season.

Power led 65 of 82 laps and also held off the advances of Graham Rahal, who yet again put in a dynamic drive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the single-car team up against the might of the four-car Team Penske brigade.

“Yeah, that was as good as you get as far as no mistakes, good start, good restart, good stops, good out-laps, good in-laps. Just did everything we needed to do to win,” Power said post-race.

“I think back, I can’t think of anything that I felt was wrong with that race. You don’t often get that in IndyCar. So, yeah, it was a very good day.”

It was a day that is part of Power’s month of May motivation for 2015, as he now seeks to check the next box on his resume.

Power’s been one of North American open-wheel racing’s best drivers since his full-time arrival in Champ Car in 2006, and particularly since he joined Team Penske in 2009 on a part-time basis before his full-time team appointment in 2010.

But thus far it’s been the month of May that has eluded him.

Power finished fifth in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, his career best in the race, as a then-third car part-time alongside teammates Helio Castroneves (last race winner) and Ryan Briscoe. He had a car he thought could have won in 2010 but didn’t achieve the win.

A year ago, Power finished eighth after a drive-through penalty served as an unforced error.

The Australian is determined to overcome that past frustration this year.

“It’s funny, I came in this month determined to have a good month,” Power said. “I haven’t had that for so long. It’s working out. It’s just awesome to win at this place. It just is. I mean, you know, you look at the event, you look at the facility itself, it’s first class. The road course is phenomenal. It’s smooth, technical. Then you have the Cathedral of Speed, you could call it. It’s just an unbelievable month for motorsport.

“2009 and ’10 were years I felt I had a car to win it. Especially 2010, it was an unbelievable car. Just something would happen every time. The last couple years, last year was my mistake getting a drive-through penalty. I have to put myself in that position to challenge at the end of the race. I’m really determined to do that this month. I really want to get it right and win that race.”

Power’s set himself up nicely to do just that on the strength of an overdue first win this year achieved on Saturday.

It remains to be seen whether he follows it up and completes IndyCar’s first month of May IMS “double.”

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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