Pagenaud controls first half of Indy GP

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INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud has led 36 of the first 41 laps in the 82-lap Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the third edition of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ road course race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he won’t lead at Lap 41 following the second full-course caution of the race.

That honor will fall to Helio Castroneves, who pitted just before the yellow and then leapfrogged the field once they pitted in his No. 3 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Same story was true for Conor Daly, in the No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda, who moved up to second.

During the second pit sequence, James Hinchcliffe moved around Pagenaud on the stops, thanks to quick work from his No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda team.

The second yellow flew for a couple reasons. Sebastien Bourdais stalled on course in the No. 11 Team EUROPA – KVSH Chevrolet at Turn 2, then JR Hildebrand stopped out of fuel on driver’s left on the run to Turn 7 in the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. Additionally, the Holmatro Safety Team removed some loose signage exiting Turn 14.

The polesitter and driver of the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet controlled the race until the first pit sequence, then emerged behind second-starting Charlie Kimball in the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet once Kimball completed his stop after running longer on the first sequence.

Pagenaud proceeded to blow by Kimball on the backstraight into Turn 7 on the outside once Kimball came out, which was for second at the time behind Graham Rahal but the net lead overall.

Rahal, who started 24th, led two laps and made it up to eighth by the halfway mark in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Theodore Racing Honda. He’s been fighting a cold all weekend and was one of two drivers to get bounced in post-qualifying technical inspection.

The other big movers of the first half have been Alexander Rossi, who’s starred early in the No. 98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda and ran as high as sixth, and Spencer Pigot, in the No. 16 RLL/Mi-Jack/Manitowoc Honda, who made it into the top 10.

Rossi pressured Will Power into a lazy spin at Turn 7 that dropped the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and defending race winner down to 23rd; fellow rookie Matthew Brabham in the No. 61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet also passed Power for position on course.

The opening turn saw chaos as it usually does here with Scott Dixon moving in the middle of the track, then Tony Kanaan merged up the lane into Bourdais. It caused a multiple-lap caution. Kanaan was done on the spot while Bourdais resumed, albeit many laps down.

Here’s the halfway order 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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