IndyCar: Ed Jones cleared to drive at COTA

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AUSTIN, Texas – After suffering a broken ring finger during a hard crash in the season-opening NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10, Ed Jones of Dubai has been cleared to drive this weekend at Circuit of the Americas.

Jones drives the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet. He was examined by IndyCar Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows, who cleared Jones to compete in this weekend’s IndyCar Classic at COTA.

“We are hoping to come back stronger at COTA,” Jones said. “St. Pete was a challenging weekend, but we kept working through things and made really good progress. The team worked very hard to get me comfortable with the car, and I was very confident in it. It was unfortunate the way qualifying ended up and the crash was super frustrating, but we had really strong pace and the car was very good.

“If we continue working the way we did in St. Pete, I feel that we will have a solid weekend in COTA.”

Jones sustained a small non-displaced fracture of the distal fourth metacarpal in his left ring finger when his No. 20 Chevrolet hit the wall during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. AJ Foyt Racing driver Matheus Leist was also involved in the crash after he hit Jones car after it had come to stop following the first contact.

Jones met with a hand surgeon in Miami in the days following the race and had the hand properly splinted.

IndyCar Classic activities begin with practice on Friday. NTT P1 Award qualifying is scheduled for Saturday with the 60-lap race on 3.41-mile permanent road course taking place Sunday (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

 

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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