IndyCar officially brings 2018 season to a close with awards ‘Victory Lap’

Scott Dixon added a fifth Astor Cup IndyCar championship trophy officially Tuesday night. Photo: IndyCar
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INDIANAPOLIS — Even though the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season ended Sept. 16 at Sonoma Raceway, the season wasn’t officially over until the handing out of the hardware during Tuesday night’s Victory Lap awards celebration.

2018 Series champ Scott Dixon was feted and applauded for becoming only the second driver in Indy car history to earn five career championships — and the first to do so in 51 years since the legendary A.J. Foyt won his fifth title (Foyt would go on to win two more championships before retiring).

The evening, held at Indy’s trendy Union50 restaurant and attended by about 200, included a number of IndyCar drivers such as Sonoma winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. Numerous recipients and awards presenters publicly wished injured driver Robert Wickens a speedy recovery from the horrific crash he was involved in at Pocono Raceway on August 19.

Wickens appeared to the audience in a pre-taped video presentation, congratulating Dixon and hoping to return to compete in the series soon.

The evening also essentially marked the unofficial end of Verizon as the series’ entitlement sponsor, a role it had held for the last five seasons. Verizon is discontinuing its role as entitlement sponsor at year’s end, but will remain in the sport as sponsor for Will Power’s No. 12 Team Penske car in 2019.

Several award winners publicly thanked Verizon for its support and help in growing the sport over the last five seasons.

While most of the award winners had been previously announced over the last few weeks, Tuesday was an opportunity to get every award winner under one roof to receive their trophies and the like.

Here’s the full list of award recipients:

Verizon P1 Championship Award: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske

3rd Place Championship Driver: Will Power, Team Penske

2nd Place Championship Driver: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport

Verizon IndyCar Series Champion: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing

Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Robert Wickens, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Manufacturer Championship Award: Honda (accepted by Art St. Cyr, President, Honda Performance Development), the first time Honda has won the award since returning the series in 2012

Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Owner: Chip Ganassi, Chip Ganassi Racing

Championship Chief Mechanic/Team Manager Award: Blair Julian, Mike Hull, Scott Harner and Barry Wanser, Chip Ganassi Racing

Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing

Indy Family Foundation Award: Racing for Cancer

Penske Racing Shocks Award: Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon

Firestone Drive to the Finish Award: Alexander Rossi, who completed all but two laps in the entire 2018 race season

TAG Heuer “Don’t Crack Under Pressure Award: Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

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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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