Michael Andretti, Michel Jourdain Jr. team up to field car in Mexican racing series

Andretti Jourdain Mexican series
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INDIANAPOLIS — Former CART rivals Michael Andretti and Michel Jourdain Jr. will team up for the Mexican Super Copa Championship series, fielding the No. 1 car.

The two former drivers made the announcement Monday.

By adding the Super Copa touring series to Andretti’s stable, his team will compete in seven different racing series this season, from IndyCar to Indy Lights to Extreme E. The newly formed Andretti Jourdain Autosport has not yet named a driver for the eight-race schedule.

For Andretti, the attraction to the Mexican-based series was simple.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to maybe find some young Mexican talent and start grooming (the drivers) to see if we can get the next Michel Jourdain to come to IndyCars,” Andretti said. “I think it would be very important to have IndyCar back in Mexico, and I think having Pato (O’Ward) there, being competitive, would help as well. It could be a step closer to having racing in Mexico City.”

Jourdain and O’Ward, one of IndyCar’s best young drivers, both grew up in Mexico. O’Ward finished fourth in points last season when he captured his first pole and was named the Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year.

Jourdain started his career on Mexico’s junior formula circuit in 1988. He jumped to the now-defunct Champ Car Series in 1996, finishing 152 races and winning twice in nine seasons. Jourdain also competed in the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR trucks, IMSA and ALMS. He has spent the last seven seasons racing in his home country and now is joining a team with one of the world’s best-known racing surnames.

“I am a huge Andretti fan from Mario, Michael, Marco and also with John, where I was lucky to be his teammate when I went to NASCAR,” Jourdain said. “I have been really impressed with what he (Michael) has accomplished now as a team owner in all the series where he is involved. It is a big honor that he chooses us and Super Copa to launch his team into Mexico. We will do our best to make him proud and to keep the Andretti name winning.”

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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