As the Indianapolis 500 rapidly approaches this weekend, there are some adjustments to make after observing qualifying and practice. It was already known that Team Penske and Ganassi Racing were the favorites heading in but it is shocking to see the performance of the Andretti Autosport machines.
Tony Kannan barely made the field, qualifying 32nd to make it into the Indianapolis 500, with just minutes to spare and the other Andretti Autosport drivers shaking their head in utter confusion after their qualifying runs. It is reminiscent of when Roger Penske brought his team to the Brickyard and failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1995. To see the Indianapolis 500 starting lineup click the IZOD Indy Racing League link.
Major line moves after qualifying included, Tony Kannan moving from 10-1 to a 30-1 and Alex Tagliani making a huge move from 60-1 to a 15-1 top six position on the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook board. Danica Patrick moved from 15-1 to 30-1 after qualifying and her statements after stepping out of her ill handling race car. Helio Castroneves is now considered the favorite to bring home his fourth Indianapolis 500 and car owner Roger Penske’s 16th Borg Warner Trophy.
Helio Castroneves wins the pole & is now a heavy favorite.
Helio Castroneves was the sentimental favorite to win the Indianapolis 500 last year, after he narrowly avoided jail time for tax evasion that would have ended his career. An emotional Castroneves took home his third Indianapolis 500 and set the stage for winning his fourth in 2010.
With Castroneves going off at 5-2 entering this years race, he still has to be the number one play on the board. Castroneves was focused and solitary before his qualifying run last Saturday and that focus will be doubled heading into Sunday at the Brickyard. Helio Castroneves is the best bet to win the Indianapolis 500 at 5-2.
Will Power has shown he can fly on an oval also.
Will Power was not considered to have a chance in this years Indianapolis 500 but his practice runs and qualifying prowess has made the experts take notice. Power has picked up his pace on his oval track program and although there is no track like Indianapolis in the world he will be prepared for this race. Take Will Power at 8-1 as a second choice to win the Indianapolis 500.
Ed Carpenter has little chance to win but makes for an interesting long shot.
Looking for a 60-1 long shot to have some fun with? Ed Carpenter may be the man to take a run on. Don’t get carried away with a large bet, just enough to make a little money. Anything can happen if this turns into a fuel mileage race and Carpenter knows how to stay on the lead lap. Make a small play on Ed Capenter at 60-1.
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 7-2.
Helio Castroneves 5-2.
Ryan Briscoe 9-2.
Dario Franchitti 4-1.
Will Power 8-1
Alex Tagliani 15-1.
Marco Andretti 20-1.
Danica Patrick 30-1.
Tony Kanaan 30-1.
Dan Wheldon 30-1.
Ryan Hunter-Reay 30-1.
Hideki Mutoh 30-1.
Vitor Meira 40-1.
Raphael Matos 60-1.
Ed Carpenter 60-1.
Takuma Sato 100-1.
Justin Wilson 100-1.
Mike Conway 100-1.
www.indycar.com driver profiles.
Las Vegas Hilton Superbook Indianapolis 500 Odds Sheet.