Michelin starts preparing this weekend for big change in IMSA in 2019

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While the Rolex 24 marks the start of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, it also begins a countdown for 2019, as well.

Michelin Tires will continue to outfit several GTLM teams in the Rolex 24, including BMW Team RLL, Chevrolet Corvette, Risi Competizione Ferrari, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and the Porsche GT team.

But Michelin officials will also be studying and taking notes for all three series in the Rolex 24 – GTLM, Prototype and GTD – for a significant change in the company’s racing portfolio for 2019.

One year from now, Michelin will add GTD and Prototype cars to their GTLM program, becoming the official tire of all three IMSA WeatherTech Championship classes. Michelin will also take over from Continental for the rebranded Michelin SportsCar Challenge and the IMSA Prototype (LMP3) Challenge.

Michelin isn’t wasting time getting ready for next season: it will have a number of engineers on hand this weekend in Daytona to begin training and preparation, which they’ll continue to do at all other IMSA races this season.

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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