Last year, Alexander Rossi won as a mammoth 80/1 underdog. Anyone who bet on the rookie cashed big.
And the odds for the top 10 of the rigid starting grid are now up, see them below:
Scott Dixon: 4/1
Ed Carpenter: 12/1
Alexander Rossi: 10/1
Takuma Sato: 18/1
Fernando Alonso: 18/1
JR Hildebrand: 12/1
Tony Kanaan: 8/1
Marco Andretti: 8/1
Will Power: 10/1
Ryan Hunter-Reay: 8/1
But before you may decide to place your bets on Sunday’s big race at the Brickyard, you may want to hear what expert bookmakers have to say.
Former Vegas Book maker, Micah Roberts, who helped popularize betting on auto racing was also the first one to offer propositions and matchups on weekly NASCAR races. He’s a pioneer in betting on events like the Indy 500.
After watching qualifiers and analyzing the field, Roberts finalized his Indy 500 picks, listing where he believes all 33 drivers will finish.
One driver he’s not high on is Helio Castroneves, who has won this race three times. In fact, Roberts thinks Castroneves barely cracks the top 10 and finishes ninth.
He’s picking one driver who’s starting in the top three to finish 15th, and says one driver who won it in the past three years won’t even make the top 10.
Scott Dixon, the New Zealander that earned his third Indy 500 pole position of his career thanks to an impressive qualifying run that saw him post the fastest times since 1996 has claimed the pole position for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” This places him like one of the greatest qualifying runs in the history of the Indianapolis 500.
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This remarkable showing also made Dixon the +600 favorite to win the 101st running of the Indy 500. Dixon finished first and fourth the previous two times he claimed the pole position at the Indy (2008, 2015). The last time a pole-sitter won the Indy 500 came back in 2009 when Helio Castroneves won his first of back-to-back Indys.
According to odds, following Dixon is Will Power and Fernando Alonso (+800). Power has already picked up three poles this season and is coming off his first victory of the year at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The experienced driver finds himself deadlocked with 35-year old IndyCar rookie Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard has never raced behind the wheel of an IndyCar before, however he is a two-time Formula One world champion and qualified with the fifth-fastest time. Another interest stat is that in the past 14 runnings of the Indy 500, the eventual winner qualified in the Fast Nine 11 times. Of the Fast Nine, the longest odds to win the event this year belong to JR Hildebrand (+3000). The American has been a consistent contender in the Indy 500 since joining Ed Carpenter Racing with three consecutive top 10 finishes. Sign up at BetRegal.com