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Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite for 2022 Italian Grand Prix despite modest Monza record AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Max Verstappen wins four-race streak, making him the best PointsBet is betting on winning the 2022 Italian Grand Prix in Monza. This week he shows odds of -130.

However, keeping his streak alive can prove to be a challenge. In seven starts at Monza, Verstappen has recorded only once in the top five, and that happened in 2018. He has three other top 10s, none of which have been in the last two seasons, and his average finish at this circuit is 11th. But he has this current winning streak and six other wins in the first 10 rounds of 2022, and that raises the question of whether the momentum can completely outweigh the poor result.

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With minus odds, the payout is determined by subtraction. For a player to earn $100, they must wager $130 this week; with this bet, he will get back his original bet and the $100 winnings.

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For players who are more comfortable using fractional odds, a bet of +300 corresponds to 3/1.

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Charles Leclerc is in second place this week with +125. Despite having two wins this season, Leclerc lost some of his momentum after taking the checkers in Austria. He failed to finish in the top five in his next three starts, but rebounded last week at Zandvoort with a third-place finish.

After two favorites, the chances drop sharply. George Russell is listed at +1400 this week. If Verstappen and Leclerc stumble at all, Russell is poised to earn his first career win after finishing in the top five in all but one race this season. Russell had his best Italian Grand Prix last year in ninth place.

Rounding out the top five is a trio of drivers with a rating of +4000. These are Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr.

It’s hard to imagine Hamilton finishing the 2022 season without a win, so every time he’s on the list with such high odds, he’s worth betting on. From 2014 to 2019 he won four times and finished on the podium in all six races. His last two Italian Grands Prix have missed the top five, but he makes up for it with seven such results in his last eight attempts.

Sergio Pérez is in a four-race streak, is in the top five and has finished just as well in all but two races in 2022. He won the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of fellow 40/1 Sainz.

At Zandvoort last week, Sainz finished a series of three races in the top five, finishing in eighth place. He has one win of the season at Silverstone at the British Grand Prix.

Last year’s winner, Daniel Ricciardo, is listed with a whopping +30,000 line, while Valtteri Bottas, who has never finished worse than sixth at an Italian Grand Prix, is shown with +50,000.

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to be honored by Indy Lights. in IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed on Wednesday that he will be part of their 2023 roster.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old Danish-US citizen, spent last season driving the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap after pole position in Portland.

Pedersen also drove four races for HMD in 2021, finishing second in his debut. Pedersen came to the attention of AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season keeping an eye on the IndyCar team.

His progress in IndyCar is ahead of all four drivers who have finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We really hope that Benjamin will become part of our team,” said Larry Foyt. “His enthusiasm is infectious and he is 100 percent dedicated to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing and goes above and beyond to win races.

“It was great to have him join the team last season and everyone is excited to get going when testing starts. It’s also great to have a multi-year program that will help him and the team grow together.”

Voith did not give Pedersen’s car number. Kyle Kirkwood spent his first season driving the No. 14 flagship AJ Foyt, but Kirkwood moves to Andretti Autosport. The team has yet to announce if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and Tatiana Calderon’s third car has been withdrawn from competition after seven races due to non-payment from sponsors. The closure of Calderón’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, signed an agreement that Foyt said “spans several seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is in line with AJ Foyt Racing’s long-term plan.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but grew up in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said that his time following the IndyCar team gave him a boost in training as a rookie.

“I spent a lot of time with AJ Foyt Racing this season learning the ins and outs of moving to IndyCar and it was a real pleasure to do so with my Indy Lights season,” said Pedersen. “IndyCar has been my goal since I started racing open wheels in 2016. The racing, the atmosphere, the fans, the events, the tracks, etc. are all amazing.”


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