The Indianapolis 500 lives up to it’s title of Greatest Spectacle on Earth every year. Now that all Indy Car racing has been united under one banner, the race is once again a world class event. Although there are only a few team owners with a chance to win the event, there is always a chance one team will implement a gambling fuel mileage strategy.
Ganassi Racing is the favorite team to win the Indianapolis 500.
The three best teams in Indy Racing League competition are Ganassi Racing, Penske Racing and Andretti Autosport. Ganassi has been fielding some of the best Indy Racing League cars of late and his driver Scott Dixon, is the current favorite at 3-1, with less than three weeks remaining until the green flag is unfurled. Ganassi’s other driver, Dario Franchitti is also one of the favorites at 9-2. All odds are gathered from the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook and are subject to change.
Roger Penske, the patriarch of Penske Racing, will field three favorites to win the Indianapolis 500.
Roger Penske’s number one and two drivers, Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves are both early favorites at 4-1. Penske’s third driver and current Indy Racing League points leader, Will Power, is actually a slight underdog at 12-1. Don’t be fooled though, Power’s prowess is on the road courses, although he is not bad on ovals.
Andretti Autosport will field four cars and possibly more depending on how qualifying turns out.
Michael Andretti’s new team Andretti Autosport, formerly Andretti Green, will field three favored drivers on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and one legitimate long shot. Tony Kanaan, Andretti’s most experienced and talented driver is a decent price at 10-1, while Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick are 15-1 to win the Indianapolis 500. The long shot on the Andretti Autosport team is Ryan Hunter-Reay at 40-1. Hunter-Reay is fresh off his win in the Long Beach Grand Prix and is more known for his road race experience.
Indianapolis 500 is the most unique open wheel event in the world.
The Indianapolis 500 is unique from any other open wheel even because of the lead up to the race itself. Indianapolis is usually a month long event, although this year it has been scaled back. Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 has now been condensed into one weekend instead of two.
Before this year, qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 consisted of the first weekend qualifying for the pole and the second weekend qualifying for the race and bumping slower cars out of the race. Now the process will include qualifying for the pole on day one and bumping will take place on day two.
These odds based on the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook’s current odds, are before qualifying takes place. Once qualifying is in the books, the odds will most likely change and there may be some adjustments. Indianapolis is a grueling flat track that takes a toll on the drivers and if a driver is fearless there is no reason why they can’t win.
Tony Kanaan and Andretti Autosport focused on Indianapolis 500.
Tony Kanaan and Andretti Autosport are 10-1 to win the Indianapolis 500 and Kanaan has a great chance to pull it off in this spot. Kanaan has what it takes to win the Indianapolis 500, he is fearless. Although Kanaan has never won the Indianapolis 500, the track is a perfect fit for his personality. Kanaan will be relentless if he is in the top five with 50 laps remaining. If he has one of his teammates around him late he will not hesitate to race them just as hard. Tony Kanaan at 10-1 is the best bet to win the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
Danica Patrick has run well at Indianapolis since her rookie year.
Danica Patrick is another driver in the Andretti Autosport stable that has no fear when it comes to the Indianapolis 500. Patrick has a sixth sense when it comes to the flat two and a half mile oval that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Patrick has a knack for running up front and if she has a good end game when it comes to pit strategy, Patrick could make history. Danica Patrick is a solid second choice at 15-1 to win the Indianapolis 500.
Helio Castroneves is the defending champ and is not the betting favorite.
Helio Castroneves is out to prove that last years emotional win can be repeated. Castroneves and Roger Penske are a formidable combination and he can not be counted out. Helio Castroneves at 4-1 is an excellent cover bet to win the Indianapolis 500.
Paul Tracy and KV Racing present a nice long shot opportunity.
Paul Tracy is not washed up yet and he deserves a look when his odds are North of 25-1. Tracy has never won the Indianapolis 500 although that is subject to much debate. Tracy is still bitter about his loss to Castroneves when the yellow light came on, see the video here.Paul Tracy at 50-1 is a great long shot bet to win the Indianapolis 500.
All Indy Racing League Driver odds to win Indianapolis 500. Odds courtesy of Las Vegas Hilton Superbook. Event to be held May 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST.
Scott Dixon 3-1
Helio Castroneves 4-1.
Ryan Briscoe 4-1.
Dario Franchitti 9-2.
Tony Kanaan 10-1.
Danica Patrick 15-1.
Marco Andretti 15-1.
Dan Wheldon 25-1.
Vitor Meira 30-1.
Ryan Hunter-Reay 40-1.
Raphael Matos 40-1.
Hideki Mutoh 40-1.
Paul Tracy 50-1.
Ed Carpenter 60-1.
Takuma Sato 60-1.
Alex Tagliani 60-1.
Justin Wilson 100-1.
Mike Conway 100-1.
www.indycar.com driver profiles.
Las Vegas Hilton Superbook Indianapolis 500 Odds Sheet.