French Open odds and UFC 98 odds are causing a buzz in the industry of betting sports, but you also can’t forget the “Greatest Spectacle In Racing”, as known as the Indy 500, which takes place on Sunday at venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Odds in your online sports book are favoring last year’s winner to repeat, but the smart play is the last driver to go back-to-back at Indy.
Helio Castroneves was almost stuck with watching this race from a jail cell, but he got off on tax-evasion charges, and promptly finished seventh at Long Beach before a second-place result at Kansas. Castroneves, who also won on “Dancing With The Stars”, has Indy 500 odds of +400, and besides his 2001 and 2002 wins, he has seven top-10s in eight trips to the Brickyard.
Scott Dixon won this race in 2008 en route to the series title, and he’s the favorite this week with Indy 500 odds of +350 after winning at Kansas. Dixon got off to a rough start before the Kansas victory, and he has a decent starting position in the 500, rolling off in the middle of the second row.
Ryan Briscoe won the first race of the season at St. Petersburg, and after a 13th-place run at Long Beach, he rebounded for a fourth-place finish at Kansas. Briscoe has Indy 500 odds of +600, and he would love to make up for last year, when he took out Danica Patrick and himself on pit road. Briscoe starts in the middle of the front row on Sunday.
Tony Kanaan is the most talented driver in the series never to win at Indy, although he has four top-10s in seven visits to the Brickyard. Kanaan has Indy 500 odds of +700 on Sunday as the points leader, with a fifth-place result and two straight third-place runs. The 2004 series champion begins on the outside of the second row.
Bet Online Danica Patrick odds are the hottest play for Sunday’s big race, given that she is the most popular driver in IndyCar. Patrick is rated at +975 to win the 500, and she’s done very well at Indy (outside of last year’s wreck, of course), coming away with two fourth-place runs and an eighth-place finish. Patrick also has two top-fives in a row coming into this race, and her starting position of tenth isn’t so bad as she’s on the inside of the front row.
You have to go with Castroneves this weekend, as he’ll be driving like, well, a guy who is appreciative of the fact that he’s racing in the Indy 500 and not watching it from jail. He also has one of the best track records at the Brickyard, and he’s not afraid of the spotlight, proven by his win on “Dancing With The Stars”. Bet on Helio Castroneves’ Indy 500 odds.