Indianapolis 500 Odds and Picks

By  Jonathan Willis

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Indianapolis 500 Odds and Picks

The most prestigious auto race in the United States is scheduled for this Sunday, and for the first time ever, NBC will be covering the event. Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick will be in Indianapolis to call the 2019 Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, as Will Power looks to defend his title. Who will drink the milk and kiss the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in celebration? Let’s get into it.

2019 Indy 500 Betting Odds

Simon Pagenaud +700

Will Power +700

Josef Newgarden +800

Ed Carpenter +800

Alexander Rossi +800

Colton Herta +1200

Scott Dixon +1200

Spencer Pigot +1200

Helio Castroneves +1400

Sebastien Bourdais +1800

Marco Andretti +2000

Ed Jones +2000

Ryan Hunter-Reay +2000

Tony Kanaan +2500

Graham Rahal +2500

Takuma Sato +2500

Zach Veach +4000

Conor Daly +4000

Marcus Ericsson +4000

James Hinchcliffe +4000

JR Hildebrand +6000

Felix Rosenqvist +6000

Matteus Leist +8000

Oriol Servia +8000

Sage Karam +10000

Jordan King +10000

James Davison +10000

Charlie Kimball +10000

Santino Ferrucci +20000

Jack Harvey +20000

Kyle Kaiser +50000

Ben Hanley +100000

Pippa Mann +100000

Will Power and Simon Pagenaud are co-favorites at this event. Power won the Indianapolis 500 last season, and he is among the Fast Nine this year. He won from the No. 3 spot in the first row in 2018, and this year he is in the No. 3 spot in the second row. Power is trying to become the first driver to win the Indy 500 in consecutive years since Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves accomplished the feat in 2001 and 2002.

Pagenaud is the other favorite after winning the pole during qualifying. He is also a member of Team Penske, and he is looking to win the Indy 500 after finishing in sixth last year. Pagenaud started in Grid 2 and ended up finishing there, so he is hoping to complete the feat this time.
Shortly after the top two favorites are three others. Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, and Ed Carpenter are all 8-1, and all three are in the Fast Nine. Carpenter should be among the favorites. He finished second at last year’s Indy 500, and he led more laps than anyone else with 65 laps to his credit. Carpenter will start in the No. 2 spot in Row 1 after finishing second during qualifying.

My pick at this year’s Indy 500 is Rossi. He won in his very first trip to Indianapolis back in 2016, claiming the 100th Indy 500, and he followed that up by finishing seventh in 2017 and fourth in 2018. Last year’s performance was very impressive. Rossi started all the way back in the 11th row in Grid 32, but he made his way through the field to finish fourth. He is starting in the third row this year, and he will be among the contenders after leading at least one lap in each of the last three years.

Newgarden rounds out the drivers with odds of less than 10-1. He finished in eighth place at last year’s event, and he will have one of the best cars in the field under Team Penske. Newgarden is the current IndyCar Series points leader coming into this event, and he will start in the third row alongside Rossi.

Among the medium shots, one name stands out. Helio Castroneves is 44 years old, but you can’t count out the only driver in the field with multiple Indy 500 victories. Castroneves has won this event three times, and he would love to grab a fourth win. That would put him into a tie with AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr., and Rick Mears as the most successful driver in the history of the race.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast before betting this year’s Indy 500. Right now, there is a 50 percent chance of rain, and there’s a good chance we see the rain have an impact on the race. That would help the longer shots, so take a gander at some of those odds.

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