Chad Knaus, other Hendrick Motorsports team members join Jimmie Johnson at Rolex 24

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The echoes of NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports go well beyond the familiar number that Jimmie Johnson will be driving in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express Racing has been surrounded by reminders during the Roar Before the Rolex at Daytona International Speedway this weekend.

Its stall is cordoned off by the black nylon dividers that the No. 48 Cup team has used to shoo away unauthorized personnel in the garages of NASCAR’s premier series. The paint scheme is strikingly similar to Johnson’s No. 48 Camaro from his final two seasons in Cup.

And five Hendrick employees are helping support the car – most notably vice president of competition Chad Knaus, who guided Johnson to his seven NASCAR Cup championships and now will try to help win his first Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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During Sunday morning’s warmup session, Knaus walked briskly from the team’s garage stall to pit lane to monitor laps by Johnson and co-driver Kamui Kobayashi. Johnson said Knaus has been running the settings on a laptop program to help sift through driver data.

“It’s been great to work with him,” Johnson said. “He’s definitely ingrained in the team.

“It’s awesome. There’s nothing weird about it. It’s very meaningful to me, and I know it is to him to be back working together. It’s been awesome. I’m really, really excited about it.”

According to a Hendrick Motorsports team spokesman, the team dispatched five team members to Daytona in support of Johnson’s car – Knaus, an engineer, two mechanics and a pit crew member.

By working on the No. 48 Cadillac for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Hendrick Motorsports team members are being exposed to the single lug nut pit stops that are coming to NASCAR next season (IMSA).

Team owner Rick Hendrick helped broker the business deals that put Johnson in an Ally-sponsored all-star car one-off for the Rolex 24 and opened a slot for Chase Elliott on the No. 31 (because that is Action Express’ fully staffed championship team, Hendrick has no team members on that car).

So it was natural for the team to send some employees to Action Express team manager Gary Nelson, a former Hendrick employee and NASCAR Cup Series director.

“With Rick being involved and all the very talented race people at Hendrick Motorsports, that’s how they ended up there,” said Johnson, who drove 19 seasons for Hendrick from 2002-20 before .

Knaus has been active on Twitter from Daytona, posting updates of No. 48 pit stops Saturday night with some of the Hendrick group.

Nelson told SportsCar365.com that Action Express had recruited some other NASCAR team members for the No. 48 pit crew, selling them on the chance to get ahead with NASCAR’s impending switch to single-lug pit stops next season.

IMSA teams use the aluminum wheels and single lug nuts that will be on the NextGen car, which incorporates many elements of sports cars.

“That requires a lot more powerful air wrench than the five lug nut, NASCAR-style of today,” Nelson told SportsCar365. “The air gun is so much heavier. It didn’t take them long, but it is a transition that these pit crew guys will not have to go through in NASCAR next year.”

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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