IndyCar in Nashville under way after delay for lightning hold at Music City Grand Prix

AUTO: AUG 06 IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The second annual IndyCar Music City Grand Prix is under way Sunday after an inclement weather delay of more than 90 minutes because of a lightning hold.

The race was scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, but the track was placed under a lightning hold just after the Indy Lights race concluded at around 2 p.m. ET, and a lengthy thunderstorm soon followed.

By 3:30 p.m. ET, the rain mostly had dissipated, but the lightning hold remained. As of 4:20 p.m. ET, the lightning hold had been lifted, and the track seemed dry in most sections except a damp pit lane.

Drivers were in their cars by 5 p.m. ET, and engines started shortly afterward. The green flag flew at 5:13 p.m. ET as pole-sitter Scott McLaughlin led the field off the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The race will be on NBC (until 6 p.m. ET) and CNBC (until the conclusion) when it resumes.

Track officials said all prerace ceremonies have been canceled except for the command to start engines once the track and teams are deemed ready for racing.

It was the second consecutive day that weather has delayed the Music City Grand Prix. Qualifying began 90 minutes late Saturday afternoon because of lightning.

Provided there is no threat of lightning and the volume of water on course is manageable, IndyCar races can be conducted with rain tires.

Colton Herta won the May 14 race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course under virtual monsoon conditions.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

PointsBet 2022 Singapore odds
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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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