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Rossi Owns Top Odds To Win Indy 500

“The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will take center stage for motorsports fans, as the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27. Despite starting in the back row, Alexander Rossi is the +800 favorite to win the Indy 500 for the second time in three years.

Indy 500 Favorite: Alexander Rossi

Rossi knows all too well just how fickle the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can be, as the Andretti Autosport driver went from the first row in 2017 to the back row in 2018. His Bump Day speeds were considerably slower than last year and he openly acknowledged that something was wrong during the testing.

Drivers are still getting a feel for the new aerodynamic package – a design that creates less downforce and drag, making it harder to navigate at high speeds. That could be a big problem for Rossi, as many predict this new aerodynamic package will result in less passing at the Indy 500 this year.

That being said, Rossi has finished first and seventh in the Indy 500 the past two seasons and the Honda driver sits second overall in the IndyCar standings.

Helio Castroneves +1000 To Win Fourth Indy 500

Helio Castroneves, who will start in the third row, sits at +1000 to win this Indy 500. If Castroneves is to accomplish the feat, he will become just the fourth driver in history – and the first since 1991 – to win The Greatest Spectacle in Racing four times.

Castroneves looked like the racer to beat on Bump Day, clocking in with the fastest speed of the day with a four-lap average of 228.919 miles per hour. The Brazilian ran slower during the “Fast Nine” qualifications, resulting in his position at the start of the race.

Castroneves has finished in the top 10 at the Indy 500 in 14 of his 17 times in the race. And though it seemed like he may have been dropping off, he finished second in 2017 despite starting 19th – proving he could very easily have one more Indy 500 victory in him.

This Might Be Chevrolet’s Time To Win the Indy 500

After qualifying, it seems that this Indy 500 is going to belong to the Chevrolet. Nine of the top 11 racers to qualify – including five in the two front rows – drive Chevys.

Chevy has historically struggled at the Indy 500 with Honda winning 12 of the last 14 – though it is also worth noting six of those years came when Honda was the sole manufacturer. Chevy has typically been better in shorter races, winning only two 500s since rejoining the field in 2012.

However, with Chevy dominating the track leading up to the race and seemingly catching up to Honda in many regards, 2018 could be the year Chevys prove they can win the big one.

2018 Indianapolis 500 Betting Odds
Alexander Rossi+800
Helio Castroneves+1000
Josef Newgarden+1000
Will Power+1000
Ed Carpenter+1200
Ryan Hunter-Reay+1200
Scott Dixon+1200
Sebastian Bourdais+1200
Simon Pagenaud+1200
Marco Andretti+1500
Tony Kanaan+1500
Sage Karam+2000
Carlos Munoz+2500
Danica Patrick+2500
Graham Rahal+3000
Robert Wickens+3000
Takuma Sato+3000
Charlie Kimball+3000
Ed Jones+4000
Gabby Chaves+4000
JR Hildebrand+4000
Spencer Pigot+4000
Stefan Wilson+4000
Zach Veach+4000
Jay Howard+8000
Matheus Leist+8000
Zachary Claman DeMelo+8000
Jack Harvey+10000
Oriol Servia+10000
Conor Daly+15000
James Davison+20000
Kyle Kaiser+20000
Max Chilton+25000

Odds as of May 23 at Bovada