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Pole-Sitter Dixon Favored To Win Indy 500

Scott Dixon had one of the greatest qualifying runs in the history of the Indianapolis 500 and claimed the pole position for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The New Zealander 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.

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.

Close behind Dixon, according to the odds, 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 Alonso. Though the Spaniard has never raced behind the wheel of an IndyCar before, he is a two-time Formula One world champion and qualified with the fifth-fastest time.

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.

Odds to Win 2017 Indianapolis 500

Odds as of May 24 at Sports Interaction

  • Scott Dixon +600
  • Will Power +800
  • Fernando Alonso +800
  • Helio Castroneves +1000
  • Juan Pablo Montoya +1200
  • Tony Kanaan +1200
  • Marco Andretti +1200
  • Ryan Hunter Reay +1200
  • Josef Newgarden +1500
  • Simon Pagenaud +1500
  • Alexander Rossi +1500
  • Takuma Sato +1500
  • Ed Carpenter +1500
  • James Hinchcliffe +2000
  • JR Hildebrand +3000
  • Charlie Kimball +4000
  • Graham Rahal +4000
  • Carlos Munoz +5000
  • Mikhail Aleshin +6000
  • Max Chilton +10000
  • Oriol Servia +10000
  • Jack Harvey +12500
  • Field +2000

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Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is looking to stake his claim to the biggest prize in IndyCar. Alonso has opted to skip the Monaco Grand Prix to participate in the Indianapolis 500 on May 28. The Spaniard participated in a two-hour rookie/refresher session without any traffic before getting a feel for the track with other competitors about two weeks before the race itself.

Alonso finds himself listed as a slight favorite to win the 101st Indy 500 according to online book Sports Interaction. Despite dominating the F1 scene for years, he will be a 35-year-old rookie when he takes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Close behind Alonso are IndyCar Series leaders Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon. Both the Frenchman and the Kiwi have finished in the top five in every IndyCar race run this season, which includes the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Despite both Pagenaud and Dixon having illustrious careers, they have just one Indy 500 win between them, that coming when Dixon chugged the milk after the 92nd running of the race in 2008.

Last year, rookie Alexander Rossi took a calculated risk and decided not to pit late and ultimately won the 100th Indy 500.  Rossi became the first rookie to win the event since Helio Castroneves accomplished the feat in 2001. The No. 98 driver finds himself far down the oddsboard, as Rossi has not finished higher than fifth in a race since that victory.

Another youngster to keep an eye on is American Josef Newgarden. The 26-year old finished third in the Indy 500 last season and currently sits third in the overall IndyCar standings. In the past eight races, dating back to the ABC Supply 500 last year, Newgarden has finished in the top 10 seven times.

Odds to Win 2017 Indianapolis 500

Odds as of May 17 at Sports Interaction

  • Fernando Alonso +695
  • Scott Dixon +715
  • Simon Pagenaud +730
  • Will Power +730
  • Helio Castroneves +900
  • Juan Pablo Montoya +900
  • Josef Newgarden +1000
  • James Hinchcliffe +1200
  • Tony Kanaan +1300
  • Ryan Hunter Reay +1500
  • Marco Andretti +1700
  • Sebastian Bourdais +2500
  • JR Hidebrand +2600
  • Alexander Rossi +2900
  • Graham Rahal +3400
  • Carlos Munoz +4000
  • Charlie Kimball +4200
  • Ed Carpenter +4900
  • Takuma Sato +5100
  • Jack Harvey +5200
  • Mikhail Aleshin +5200
  • Oriol Servia +8300
  • Max Chilton +10400
  • Field +1600

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The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 goes down this Sunday and things are very tight in the opening odds with five drivers listed in the +550 to +650 range.

Online sportsbook Bovada has 2014’s IndyCar Series champ Will Power listed as the favorite. Power will attempt to win the race after finishing second last year. He’s yet to win the race in eight attempts but he has four top-10 finishes.

Last year’s winner and Power’s Team Penske teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya, is tied for the second-best odds with Simon Pagenaud at +600. Montoya also won the race in 2000. He’s only competed in the race three times, and in addition to his two wins, he has a fifth-place finish. Pagenaud hasn’t had much success in the race as he’s finished between eighth and 16th in his four Indy 500 races.

Rounding out the top five are Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon at +650. Castroneves is one of only nine drivers to win the Indy 500 three times, with his victories coming in 2001, 2002 and 2009. He also has two second-place finishes, with the most recent one coming in 2014. Dixon is the reigning IndyCar Series champion and won the Indianapolis 500 in 2008.

Josef Newgarden, the top U.S. driver on the odds board, will attempt to become the second American in 10 years to win the race. He’s listed at +1400.

Here’s the complete list of odds:

Odds to Win 2016 Indianapolis 500

Odds as of May 28 at Bovada

  • Will Power #12 +650
  • Simon Pagenaud #22 +650
  • Juan Pablo Montoya #2 +650
  • Scott Dixon #9 +700
  • Helio Castroneves #3 +750
  • Tony Kanaan #10 +1000
  • James Hinchcliffe #5 +1000
  • Josef Newgarden #21 +1000
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 +1400
  • Townsend Bell #29 +1800
  • Sebastien Bourdais #11 +2000
  • Marco Andretti #27 +2000
  • Carlos Munoz #26 +2000
  • Graham Rahal #15 +2500
  • JR Hildebrand #6 +3300
  • Takuma Sato #14 +3300
  • Ed Carpenter #20 +3300
  • Oriol Servia #77 +4000
  • Charlie Kimball #42 +5000
  • Mikhail Aleshin #7 +5000
  • Conor Daly #18 +5000
  • Max Chilton #8 +6600
  • Sage Karam #24 +6600
  • Alexander Rossi #98 +6600
  • Alex Tagliani #35 +7500
  • Jack Hawksworth #41 +12500
  • Stefan Wilson #25 +12500
  • Bryan Clauson #88 +12500
  • Gabby Chaves #19 +12500
  • Matthew Brabham #61 +15000
  • Spencer Pigot #16 +15000
  • Buddy Lazier #4 +15000
  • Pippa Mann #63 +15000

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Having won the pole position for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 Scott Dixon now sits as the favorite on the odds to win IndyCar's marquee event at the online sportsbooks with the race on tap for Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

At Bovada Dixon is now the 9/2 favorite on the Indianapolis 500 odds, with Simon Pagenaud at 5/1, Will Power at 6/1, and Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves at 13/2. Juan Pablo Montoya, who had opened as the 11/2 co-favorite with Castroneves on the Indy 500 odds, is now back at 15/2 on those betting lines at the sportsbook.

Marco Andretti is now at 11/1 on the odds to win the 2015 Indianapolis 500, with Carlos Munoz at 20/1 odds, Ed Carpenter at 22/1 odds, and defending race champion Ryan Hunter-Reay at 25/1 odds. Josef Newgarden is at 28/1 odds, while J.R. Hildebrand and Justin Wilson sit with 33/1 Indy 500 odds for 2015 at Bovada.

Odds to Win 2015 Indianapolis 500 at Bovada
  • Scott Dixon 9/2
  • Simon Pagenaud 5/1
  • Will Power 6/1
  • Helio Castroneves 13/2
  • Tony Kanaan 13/2
  • Juan Pablo Montoya 15/2
  • Marco Andretti 11/1
  • Carlos Munoz 20/1
  • Ed Carpenter 22/1
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay 25/1
  • Josef Newgarden 28/1
  • J.R. Hildebrand 33/1
  • Justin Wilson 33/1
  • Graham Rahal 33/1
  • Sage Karam 33/1
  • Ryan Briscoe 50/1
  • Sebastien Bourdais 50/1
  • Jack Hawksworth 75/1
  • Oriol Servia 75/1
  • Alex Tagliani 100/1
  • Carlos Huertas 100/1
  • Charlie Kimball 100/1
  • James Jakes 100/1
  • Simona De Silvestro 100/1
  • Takuma Sato 100/1
  • Townsend Bell 100/1
  • Bryan Clauson 150/1
  • Conor Daly 150/1
  • Gabby Chaves 150/1
  • Pippa Mann 150/1
  • Sebastian Saavedra 150/1
  • Stefano Coletti 150/1
  • Tristan Vautier 150/1

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Juan Pablo Montoya leads the IndyCar standings and sits as an opening co-favorite on the odds to win the 2015 Indianapolis 500 at the sportsbooks heading into the circuit's biggest race of the season on Sunday, May 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

At Bovada Montoya opened as the 11/2 co-favorite on the odds to win the 2015 Indy 500 along with Helio Castroneves, with Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan both at 6/1 odds, and Will Power just behind them at 13/2 odds.

Montoya leads the IndyCar standings heading into the Indianapolis 500 with 171 points, followed by Power at 166 points, Castroneves at 153 points, both Dixon and Graham Rahal at 144 points, and Kanaan at 136 points.

And Montoya has also won the Indy 500 in the past, as he finished first in the race back in 2000. Castroneves leads all active IndyCar drivers with three Indy 500 victories in his career, in 2001, 2002, and 2009. Dixon won in 2008, Kanaan won in 2013, and Ryan Hunter-Reay is the defending champion at the race.

Hunter-Reay, however, is back at 14/1 on the opening 2015 Indy 500 odds at Bovada, which puts him behind the favorites along with Marco Andretti (9/1), Ed Carpenter (10/1), and Simon Pagenaud (10/1). Rahal is a longshot to get the victory in the Indianapolis 500 this year, as he's back at 50/1 odds at the sportsbook.

Odds to Win 2015 Indianapolis 500 at Bovada
  • Helio Castroneves 11/2
  • Juan Pablo Montoya 11/2
  • Scott Dixon 6/1
  • Tony Kanaan 6/1
  • Will Power 13/2
  • Marco Andretti 9/1
  • Ed Carpenter 10/1
  • Simon Pagenaud 10/1
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay 14/1
  • Carlos Munoz 20/1
  • Josef Newgarden 25/1
  • J.R. Hildebrand 28/1
  • James Hinchcliffe 28/1
  • Sage Karam 33/1
  • Graham Rahal 50/1
  • Oriol Servia 50/1
  • Sebastien Bourdais 50/1
  • Simona De Silvestro 50/1
  • Jack Hawksworth 66/1
  • Justin Wilson 66/1
  • Takuma Sato 66/1
  • Alex Tagliani 75/1
  • Carlos Huertas 100/1
  • Charlie Kimball 100/1
  • James Jakes 100/1
  • Sebastian Saavedra 100/1
  • Townsend Bell 100/1
  • Bryan Clauson 150/1
  • Buddy Lazier 150/1
  • Conor Daly 150/1
  • Francesco Dracone 150/1
  • Gabby Chaves 150/1
  • Pippa Mann 150/1
  • Stefano Coletti 150/1

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Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti opened as the co-favorites on the odds to win the 2014 Indianapolis 500 at the sportsbooks, with the race taking place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

At Bovada Castroneves and Andretti opened at 13/2 on the Indy 500 betting lines, with Ed Carpenter and Juan Montoya both at 15/2, Will Power at 8/1, James Hinchcliffe at 9/1, and Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon both pegged at 11/1 on the list.

Carpenter will start from the pole for Sunday's Indianapolis 500, with Hinchcliffe and Power joining him in the front row. Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, and Andretti will start from the second row, with Pagenaud at 16/1 on the 2014 Indy 500 odds at Bovada along with defending race champion Tony Kanaan. Kanaan will start from the sixth row.

Carlos Munoz (14/1), Josef Newgarden (40/1), and J.R. Hildebrand (40/1) make up the third row, with Montoya, Dixon, and Kurt Busch (25/1) in the fourth row. Busch, a NASCAR driver, will be attempting to race in both the Indy 500 and the Sprint Cup Series' Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.

Kanaan paid off on the Indy 500 betting lines last year ahead of Munoz and Hunter-Reay, with Andretti finishing in fourth place at that race, and Castroneves ending up sixth. Castroneves is a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

Heading into the Indy 500 this weekend Power leads the IndyCar series standings, with Hunter-Reay second, Pagenaud third, Castroneves fourth, and Dixon fifth. Pagenaud won the circuit's most recent event, the May 10 Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Odds to Win 2014 Indianapolis 500 at Bovada

Helio Castroneves 13/2
Marco Andretti 13/2
Ed Carpenter 15/2
Juan Montoya 15/2
Will Power 8/1
James Hinchcliffe 9/1
Ryan Hunter-Reay 11/1
Scott Dixon 11/1
Carlos Munoz 14/1
Simon Pagenaud 16/1
Tony Kanaan 16/1
Ryan Briscoe 22/1
Kurt Busch 25/1
Josef Newgarden 40/1
JR Hildebrand 40/1
Justin Wilson 40/1
Takuma Sato 40/1
Graham Rahal 50/1
Oriol Servia 66/1
Sebastian Bourdais 66/1
Charlie Kimball 75/1
Jacques Villeneuve 75/1
Townsend Bell 75/1
Alex Tagliani 100/1
Buddy Lazier 100/1
Carlos Huertas 100/1
Jack Hawksworth 100/1
Mikhail Aleshin 100/1
Sebastian Saavedra 100/1
James Davison 150/1
Martin Plowman 150/1
Pippa Mann 150/1
Sage Karam 150/1

IndyCar - Odds to Finish in the Top 3 - The Indianapolis 500

Helio Castroneves 19/10
Ed Carpenter 2/1
Juan Montoya 2/1
Will Power 9/4
James Hinchcliffe 5/2
Ryan Hunter-Reay 3/1
Scott Dixon 3/1
Carlos Munoz 4/1
Simon Pagenaud 9/2
Tony Kanaan 9/2
Ryan Briscoe 13/2
Kurt Busch 15/2
Marco Andretti 15/2
Josef Newgarden 12/1
JR Hildebrand 12/1
Justin Wilson 12/1
Takuma Sato 12/1
Graham Rahal 15/1
Charlie Kimball 20/1
Jacques Villeneuve 20/1
Oriol Servia 20/1
Sebastian Bourdais 20/1
Townsend Bell 20/1
Alex Tagliani 30/1
Buddy Lazier 30/1
Carlos Huertas 30/1
Jack Hawksworth 30/1
Mikhail Aleshin 30/1
Sebastian Saavedra 30/1
James Davison 40/1
Martin Plowman 40/1
Pippa Mann 40/1
Sage Karam 40/1

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Marco Andretti -115
Helio Castroneves -115

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Helio Castroneves -140
Scott Dixon +110

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Scott Dixon -140
Tony Kanaan +110

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Tony Kanaan EVEN
James Hinchcliffe -130

Indy Car - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

James Hinchcliffe -115
Ed Carpenter -115

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Ed Carpenter -115
Will Power -115

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Will Power -150
Simon Pagenaud +120

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Simon Pagenaud +110
Ryan Hunter-Reay -140

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Ryan Hunter-Reay -130
Tony Kanaan EVEN

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Oriol Servia -115
Graham Rahal -115

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Graham Rahal -125
Takuma Sato -105

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Ryan Briscoe -130
Charlie Kimball EVEN

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Alex Tagliani -135
Jacques Villeneuve +105

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Alex Tagliani -140
Townsend Bell +110

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Juan Montoya -115
Helio Castroneves -115

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Head to Head Matchup

Kurt Busch +120
Carlos Munoz -150

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Will a Canadian born driver win?

Yes +700
No -1500

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Will an American born driver win?

Yes +150
No -200

IndyCar - Indianapolis 500 - Former Winner To Have Best Finish

Helio Castroneves 9/5
Juan Pablo Montoya 9/4
Scott Dixon 7/2
Tony Kanaan 7/2
Jaques Villeneuve 12/1
Buddy Lazier 40/1

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