Auto Racing Odds - Indianapolis 500 Race Preview


The IndyCar Series doesn't get a ton of love over the course of the year from sports bettors, but for one weekend, it takes center stage in the minds of all sports fans. The Indianapolis 500 is a race drenched in history, and this year's race marks its centennial, a true celebration for one of the great races of all-time.

Bet on the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 12 p.m. ET at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Coverage for this thrilling race can be found on ABC.

The one thing you know about the Indy 500 is that you don't know anything that's coming. Last year, a rookie won the race in Alexander Rossi, and there are only two active drivers who have ever won this race more than once. The last five editions of the Indianapolis 500 have produced five different winners, and it would be foolish to think that a sixth man couldn't add his name to that list in 2017.

Indianapolis 500 Odds at

Scott Dixon +600

Fernando Alonso +800

Helio Castroneves +900

Juan Pablo Montoya +900

Marco Andretti +900

Ryan Hunter-Reay +900

Tony Kanaan +900

Will Power +900

Josef Newgarden +1000

Simon Pagenaud +1200

James Hinchcliffe +1500

Ed Carpenter +1800

Carlos Munoz +2000

Alexander Rossi +2200

J.R. Hildebrand +2200

Takuma Sato +2500

Charlie Kimball +3000

Graham Rahal +3000

Ed Jones +5000

Jack Harvey +6000

Mikhail Aleshin +6000

Sage Karam +6000

Max Chilton +6500

Oriol Servia +9000

Odds Analysis

The oddsmakers didn't intentionally just mail it in when they lined a group of six drivers at identical prices of 9 to 1. It's virtually impossible to try to handicap the Indianapolis 500, and that's why the favorite, Scott Dixon still has a bit of an imposing price on his head to capture the iconic jar of milk at +600. Maybe the most interesting name on the board is Fernando Alonso, who comes over from Formula 1 to try his hand for the first time at the Indy 500.

Drivers To Watch

Scott Dixon – It's a bit trite to think that Dixon is the name to watch in this race, but he's starting on the pole and has largely been the best driver in the field over the course of the last week and change at the Brickyard. Dixon last won this race in 2008, but he hasn't finished worse than fifth in a race this season and is certainly due for his first win of the campaign.

Fernando Alonso – Alonso probably isn't worth the price that he has on his head at +800, but there's no doubt he's going to be a factor so long as he doesn't run into poor fortune. He's always been one of the best F-1 drivers out there, and the Indy Car isn't a heck of a lot different than what he's used to driving in Europe and around the world. Alonso had a terrible go of it in qualifying, using a car with a backup engine and failing to run in his proper grooves, but he still qualified in the top five. That tells us he has something in the tank for sure, and another few days of practice should only make him a lot stronger.

Simon Pagenaud – We had the fact that Pagenaud has qualified just 23rd, but he's another one of these drivers who hasn't finished outside of the top five this season in a single race. That alone is worth mentioning the Frenchman as a legitimate Indianapolis 500 contender, even if he has a lot of work to do over the course of the 500 miles to get himself towards the top of the field. The last Frenchman to win the Indy 500? Gaston Chevrolet, way back in 1920.

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