Chip Ganassi Racing will return to Rolex 24 and IMSA with Cadillac next season

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Chip Ganassi Racing will field a Cadillac in DPi next year, returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Rolex 24 at Daytona after a one-year absence.

In a release, the team said driver lineups for its DPI-V.R would be announced in the offseason ahead of the 2021 season, which will begin Jan. 30-31 with the Rolex.

Ganassi is known for fielding Rolex 24 cars that include drivers from his NASCAR and IndyCar teams. With seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson running a schedule of road and street courses in IndyCar for Ganassi, it’s likely he also could race for Ganassi in IMSA.

Johnson has said he wants to run sports cars now that his full-time NASCAR career is over. Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said after Johnson’s final start that he expected Johnson and newly crowned NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott to race the Rolex 24 in 2021.

Ganassi entered sports cars in 2004 and had eight victories and three runner-up finishes in the Rolex 24 from 2006-18, including becoming the first team to win three consecutive overall Rolex 24s in ’06-08. The team also has won the Twelve Hours of Sebring and has an LMGTE Proclass win in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Ford GT Mustang. Ganassi put its sports car program on hiatus in 2020 after Ford’s exit.

“We can’t wait to get back to IMSA and fight for the overall win after several years competing in the GTLM class,” Ganassi said in a release. “Our relationship with General Motors has expanded from the NASCAR Cup Series, and we couldn’t be happier. Partnering with Cadillac is a tremendous opportunity for our team and we want to start delivering for them in January at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.”

Cadillac has won four consecutive Rolex 24s, including the past two with Wayne Taylor Racing (which is moving to Acura next season).

“We are very excited to welcome Chip Ganassi Racing to the Cadillac competition family,” Cadillac vice president Rory Harvey said in a release. “Their success across many forms of racing, including sports cars, will be a great addition to our IMSA WeatherTech line-up. Chip’s pedigree at winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona eight times as well as their championships in this form of racing gives Cadillac another stalwart team to compete for the 2021 IMSA DPi championship.”

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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