Josef Newgarden opens as early favorite to win again at Barber Motorsports Park

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Josef Newgarden is the early line favorite in PointsBet odds for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama as the NTT IndyCar Series opens its 2021 season Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park (3 p.m. ET, NBC).

The two-time series champion from Team Penske is listed as +440 in the odds Powered by PointsBet SportsBook. Newgarden is a three-time winner at Barber in 2015 (his first career victory), ’17 and ’18.

Six-time and defending series champion Scott Dixon, who has six runner-up finishes at Barber but has yet to win at the road course, is ranked second at +520, followed by Will Power (+560), Colton Herta (+850) and Alexander Rossi (+900).

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who will be making his IndyCar debut, is ranked 20th among 24 drivers at +8000, putting him ahead of Conor Daly, Ed Jones, Max Chilton and Dalton Kellett.

For Sunday’s Formula One race, Max Verstappen is the current favorite in PointsBet SportsBook odds to win the Romagna GP.

PointsBet lists Verstappen at +135 to win the race and he is the prohibitive favorite to earn the pole at -120.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment for Verstappen this week is $1.35. In order to make money on a driver with negative odds, a bettor must find someone to take the opposite wager in order to fade that pick.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Last week’s winner of the Bahrain GP, Lewis Hamilton is ranked second in regard to outright win odds with a +145, which is the same as his odds to win this week’s pole position. Last year’s Romagna GP marked the first time Autodromo Ferrari in Imola, Italy has hosted a race since 2006. Hamilton won the race after starting second.

Verstappen retired from the 2020 race on Lap 50 with a flat tire.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas is ranked third for the outright win at +800. Last year Bottas finished second at Imola after winning the pole. Bottas’ odds to win the pole are listed at +850.

Tied with Bottas at +800 for outright win is Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, but he is ranked fourth in regard to his odds of winning the pole at +1000.

No other driver in the field is listed at better than +6000 odds for the outright win.

Those top four drivers currently show negative odds to finish on the podium, but there are several Prop Bets that should be regarded. One of these is the likelihood of a podium finish. Pierre Gasly is currently ranked fifth on that chart with odds of +375 to finish third or better. Charles Leclerc is next with odds of +480.

The odds of Nikita Mazepin being the first driver to retire from the Romagna Grand Prix are +500.

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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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