Indy 500 Betting: Franchitti and Dixon favored

By: Jeff Grant | Friday, May 27, 2011

One of the premier events in all of racing, the Indianapolis 500 will go off for a remarkable 100th time on Sunday. The race is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. (PT) with the live broadcast from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on ABC.

The two favorites this year are Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon. Franchitti and Dixon are +400 on the Don Best odds screen.

Both of these drivers have won the Indy 500 before. Dixon did it a couple years ago in 2008, while Franchitti is going for two in a row after taking the flag last year. Not only that, but he also took first in 2007.

The two members of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team will sure be tough competition for the rest of the field.

Next in line according to the odds is a curious case. Alex Tagliani is +600 to win the 500-mile race as he will start from the first position. However, not only has Tagliani never won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he has never won an IndyCar race in his career.

Currently seventh in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series Point Standings, the Las Vegas resident has two top-10 finishes so far this year.

The man in the driver’s seat of the standings is Will Power who is +700 for the race on Sunday. Power has come out of the gate on fire in the first four races this season. He finished in the top-10 of all four races and won two of those events (Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 and Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama).

Though he hasn’t won at this particular track before, he is certainly driving the hot car.

Easily the most attractive driver of the field, with no offense to the others, is Danica Patrick who is +2500. While Patrick has not started of the year very well, she is no longer just a
pretty face if she ever was just that. She does have a win in her career and finished third at the Indy 500 in 2009.

The only three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 that will be running on Sunday is Helio Castroneves of Team Penske. Another driver who has not started the year off well, Castroneves does at least have a great history in Indianapolis and is +1000 to win the event.

To round out the top five in the standings, Power and Franchitti are No. 1 and No. 2, followed in order by Oriol Servia (+1100), Mike Conway (did not qualify) and Ryan Briscoe (+1400).

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