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2012 Indy 500 Odds: Briscoe Favored

Get the milk on ice at the Brickyard. Indy car racing returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the 96th Indianapolis 500. The pole sitter for this year's Indy 500 is Ryan Briscoe which also makes him the race favorite at Bovada at 15/4. In Indy 500 history the pole sitter has ended up winning the race only 18 times, the last being Helio Castroneves in 2009.

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This will be Briscoe's seventh run in the Indy 500 and his best previous finish came in 2007 when he finished fifth.

Sadly this season the defending Indy 500 winner won't be returning to the Brickyard. J.R. Hildebrand looked like he had last year's Indy 500 in the bag before running into the wall on the final turn on the final lap. That crash allowed Dan Wheldon to speed past Hildebrand and cross the finish line first.

Hildebrand would end up finish second after skidding over the finish line. Wheldon's second Indy 500 win would be his last career win as he was tragically killed in a crash at Las Vegas later in the season.

Hildebrand will be back at the Brickyard to try and finish that final turn this time, but the oddsmakers at 5Dimes don't expect him to lead the pack again. Hildebrand will start in the sixth row and is a 35/1 underdog at 5Dimes.

There are three former Indy 500 winners in the field this year, including the aforementioned Helio Castroneves. He has won the Indy 500 three times, in 2001, 2002 and 2009 and follows Briscoe on the Bovada F1 odds list at 11/2.

The other former winners in this year's starting grid include Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti. Dixon, who won in 2008 is listed at 10/1 at Bovada while Franchitti, the 2007 and 2010 Indy winner is a 9/1 underdog.

One driver bettors may want to put at least a few bucks on this weekend is Will Power. He's never won the Indianapolis 500 before, but this may finally be his year. Power's best career finish at the Brickyard was fifth place in 2009, but he's the hottest driver on the Indy Car circuit right now.

Power has won the latest three races on the Indy Car schedule with victories in Sao Paulo, Long Beach and Birmingham, Alabama. Right now at Bovada Power is listed at 6/1 on the Indianapolis 500 odds.

Odds to Win Indianapolis 500 at Bovada:

Ryan Briscoe 15/4

Helio Castroneves 11/2

Will Power 6/1

James Hinchcliffe 17/2

Dario Franchitti 9/1

Marco Andretti 10/1

Scott Dixon 10/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay 12/1

Tony Kanaan 14/1

Josef Newgarden 20/1

Graham Rahal 35/1

JR Hildebrand 35/1

Alex Tagliani 50/1

Rubens Barrichello 50/1

E.J. Viso 65/1

Ed Carpenter 75/1

Justin Wilson 75/1

Oriol Servia 75/1

Takuma Sato 80/1

Ana Beatriz 100/1

Charlie Kimball 100/1

Michel Jourdain 100/1

Sebastian Saavedra 100/1

Simon Pagenaud 100/1

James Jakes 125/1

Mike Conway 125/1

Sebastian Bourdais 125/1

Townsend Bell 125/1

Wade Cunningham 125/1

Bryan Clauson 150/1

Jean Alesi 150/1

Katherine Legge 200/1

Simona de Silvestro 200/1

Odds to Finish Top 3 in the Indy 500 @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Ryan Briscoe 6/5

Helio Castroneves 17/10

Will Power 9/5

James Hinchcliffe 5/2

Dario Franchitti 11/4

Scott Dixon 3/1

Marco Andretti 3/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay 7/2

Tony Kanaan 17/4

Josef Newgarden 6/1

Graham Rahal 10/1

JR Hildebrand 10/1

Rubens Barrichello 15/1

Alex Tagliani 16/1

E.J. Viso 20/1

Ed Carpenter 22/1

Justin Wilson 22/1

Oriol Servia 22/1

Takuma Sato 25/1

Sebastian Saavedra 30/1

Charlie Kimball 30/1

Simon Pagenaud 30/1

Ana Beatriz 30/1

Michel Jourdain 30/1

James Jakes 35/1

Mike Conway 35/1

Sebastien Bourdais 35/1

Townsend Bell 35/1

Wade Cunningham 35/1

Bryan Clauson 45/1

Jean Alesi 45/1

Simona De Silvestro 60/1

Katherine Legge 60/1

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Ryan Briscoe #2 -130

Will Power #12 EVEN

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Ryan Briscoe #2 -150

Helio Castroneves #3 +120

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Helio Castroneves #3 -120

Will Power #12 -110

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Helio Castroneves #3 -140

Marco Andretti #26 +110

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

James Hinchcliffe #27 -150

Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 +120

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Alex Tagliani #98 -115

Graham Rahal #38 -115

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

JR Hildebrand #4 -130

Takuma Sato #15 EVEN

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Dario Franchitti #10 -125

Scott Dixon #9 -105

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Oriol Servia #22 -150

Ed Carpenter #20 +120

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Mike Conway #14 -150

Sebastien Bourdais #7 +120

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups         

Alex Tagliani #98 -140

Rubens Barrichello #8 +110

Indy Car - Indy 500 - Head to Head Matchups        

Marco Andretti #26 -115

Dario Franchitti #10 -115