Colton Herta is PointsBet favorite for the Grand Prix of Long Beach

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For the second time in 2022, Colton Herta is this week’s PointsBet Sportsbook favorite for the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com).

Herta’s line this week is +475, which is a significant increase from the +340 he showed prior to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Herta finished fourth in that race, but won the last two road course races of 2021 including the Long Beach Grand Prix. He also won the 2021 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to give him three road course wins on the season and tie him with Alex Palou.

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 this week for Herta is $4.75. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

MORE: NBC Sports Predictor, Grand Prix of Long Beach

Josef Newgarden is ranked second this week with a line of +750. Newgarden scored one road course victory last year at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, but he finished second three times including Long Beach.

Ranked third this week, Palou was hit-or-miss for most of the 2021 road course season. His three wins and eight top-fives were countered by five results outside the top 10. He has recent momentum, however; his most recent road course win came at Portland International Raceway and it kicked off a current four-race streak of top-fives on this track type. Palou finished seventh on the Texas oval.

Three drivers opened this week with a line of +850.

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Scott Dixon earned seven top-fives last year with a best finish of second on the Nashville street course. He was eighth in the 2022 season opener at St. Petersburg.

Will Power earned just three road course top-fives last year, but one of these was a win on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Unfortunately, that victory stands out among four results of 14th or worse on either side. Power finished third earlier this year at St. Petersburg.

Patricio O’Ward rounds out the three drivers listed at 17/2. He had five road course top-fives last year that included a win at Belle Isle. He finished outside the top 10 in the season opener with a 12th-place result.

One PointsBet longshot of note this week is Jimmie Johnson. For most of 2021 and in the opening round this season, he was listed at the very bottom of the ranking with odds of 500/1. His top-10 finish on the Texas Motor Speedway oval contributed to a change in direction among the PointsBet traders and he is listed at 250/1 for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Previous Betting Lines

Round 1: St Petersburg: Colton Herta favored

Round 2: Texas: Scott Dixon favored

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Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.