Pagenaud paces eventful Barber morning warmup session

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Polesitter Simon Pagenaud remained on top on an eventful 30-minute morning warmup session for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (LIVE at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN this afternoon).

Pagenaud, driving the No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinishes Team Penske Chevrolet, clocked a best time of 1:08.0215 ahead of Graham Rahal, Scott Dixon, Will Power and Sebastien Bourdais.

All of those top five in the warmup start in the top six in the race – Rahal, Dixon, Power and Bourdais roll off sixth, fourth, second and fifth respectively. Third-starting Josef Newgarden was only 20th in the warmup.

There were two red flags, one for Carlos Munoz stopping on track with an electrical issue, although the Andretti Autosport crew got the No. 26 Honda out for a final installation lap towards the end of the extended session.

Mikhail Aleshin also had a spin but stopped the car just before pit-in, in the No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

TV coverage today starts at 2 p.m. ET with the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races from Barber, as a lead-in to IndyCar at 3 p.m. ET.

Warmup times are below.


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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