April 8 in Motorsports History: Will Power wins big in Las Vegas

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The Vegas Grand Prix might have been run only once, but the race’s lone winner became anything but a one-hit wonder.

“Sin City ‘was chosen to host the 2007 Champ Car opener April 8, 2007, with a race on a 12-turn, 2.440-mile street circuit downtown. The new Vegas Grand Prix saw a new name in victory lane.

Will Power, driving for Team Australia, started the race from the pole position and won by 16.787 seconds over Robert Doornbos. He became the first Australian to win in American open-wheel racing.

Will Power celebrates after winning the Vegas Grand Prix on April 8, 2007. (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

“We had a good car,” Power said after the race. “It handled well all day. The only issue I had was a really long brake pedal at the end of the race. But we had an 18-second lead, so we just brought it home and brought Derrick Walker his second win since ’99. It’s his birthday. So a pole and a win, I think that’s a pretty good present for him.”

Power would win once more in 2007 at Toronto and has won at least once race in IndyCar every year since. He also won the IndyCar championship in 2014 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2018.

As for the race, despite taking place on Easter Sunday, it generally was considered a success in drawing an estimated 40,000 spectators.

However, several local businesses and casinos expressed frustration over the noise and traffic disruptions, and the race didn’t return after its inaugural running (as Champ Car was absorbed into IndyCar the next year, too).

Also on this date:

1903: Frank Lockhart was born in Dayton, Ohio. Raised in Southern California, Lockhart became a famous West Coat dirt track racer. His big break came in 1926 when he made his first start in the Indianapolis 500 – and won! Lockhart returned to Indy the following year and started from the pole but had to retire from the race after his car broke a rod. He was killed on April 25, 1928 during a land speed record attempt at Daytona Beach when his car cut a tire and tumbled violently across the sand.

1966: Mark Blundell was born in Barnet, England. The winner of the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans, Blundell also competed in CART from 1996-2000, totaling all three of his victories in 1997. His first was notable as he won at Portland International Raceway in a three-way photo finish with Gil de Ferran and Raul Boesel.

2006: Grand-Am made its first and only visit to Long Beach. Luis Diaz and Scott Pruett led nearly flag-to-flag in their victory, but the race may be best-known for a violent crash on Lap 10 involving Burt Frisselle and Rocky Moran Jr. Frisselle was slow on the frontstretch with a mechanical problem and turned down into Eddie Cheever, who hit the right side of Frisselle’s car at top speed. Frisselle then took a second hit from the oncoming Moran. Both drivers went to the hospital with various bruises and sprains but escaped major injury.

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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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