2012 Indianapolis 500 Odds, Free Picks and Predictions – Favorites and Sleepers to Win Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Vegas betting odds to win the 2012 Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, May 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been posted at all the major Las Vegas and best online sportsbooks with Ryan Briscoe having been installed as the 6/1 +600 favorite to win the 2012 Indy 500 race.
The Indianapolis 500 is arguably the greatest spectacle in auto racing, and this Sunday, the famed race will be held for the 101st time. From drinking milk in Victory Circle to crossing the yard of bricks at the finish lane, the race is as rich in tradition as they come. Every driver that has ever sat behind the wheel of an open-wheeled racecar dreams of winning the Indy 500 and having their name engraved on the Borg-Warner Trophy. It is no exaggeration to say that this race turns drivers into legends.
Of all the memorable moments to occur at the Indianapolis, the finish to last year’s race may just top the list. After Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon dominated the majority of the race, rookie JR Hildebrand used fuel mileage strategy to grab the lead in the closing laps. He led the race exiting Turn 4 on the final lap, but he lost control of his car attempting to pass a driver that wasn’t on the lead lap and ended up slamming the outside wall. As Hildebrand limped toward the finish lane, Dan Wheldon cruised by for his second-career Indy 500 win. Sadly, Wheldon would lose his life in a crash in the season finale later that year, but he was no doubt one of the greatest of his generation at Indianapolis.
The Favorites – 2012 Indy 500 Odds, Predictions and Free Picks
He won the Indianapolis 500 in 2008, and Scott Dixon nearly added another victory in the race last season. He led a race-high 73 laps before pit strategy cost him a shot at the win, but he still managed to finish in the top five. Dixon has four top-five finishes and seven top-10s in nine starts at Indy, and his 8.2 average finish is second best among active drivers.
Since his first start at Indianapolis, Helio Castroneves has been spectacular. In fact, he is the only driver in history to win his first two starts in the Indy 500. Castroneves added a third win in 2009, and he almost always seems to be in the mix for the win. He has six top-five finishes and nine top-10s in 11 starts, and his 7.4 average finish at the track is the best among drivers in this weekend’s field.
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Three-time defending series champ Dario Franchitti has dominated the oval tracks in recent years. More importantly, he has two Indianapolis 500 wins in the last five seasons and five top-10s in eight career starts in the race. Franchitti has an 8.4 average finish at Indy, and after leading 51 laps in last year’s race, he should be a serious factor this weekend.
Although he has been consistent at Indianapolis, Tony Kanaan has never been able to break through and put his name on the Borg-Warner Trophy. He has a 12.9 average finish in 10 Indy 500 starts, picking up four top-five finishes and five top-10s. Kanaan is one of three drivers to lead more than 200 laps at Indianapolis without winning the race, and everything from rain to blown engines have stolen away his potential victories. He always seems to be in the mix, and there is always a chance that 2012 could be the year the stars align.
Sleeper Specials – 2012 Indy 500 Odds, Predictions and Free Picks
For better and for worse, Marco Andretti has continued his family’s legacy at Indianapolis. The young driver has enjoyed a lot of success at the track in his brief career, notching three top-five finishes and four top-10s in six starts. However, he has also lost the race by the slimmest of margins, adding another chapter to the “Andretti Curse.” The good news for Marco is that he has plenty of time left and talent behind the wheel to try to break the curse.
His specialty is road racing, but Will Power has been making major strides at the oval track in recent years. In four starts at Indy, he has two top-10 finishes and has never finished worse than 14th. Power has been on the verge of winning a championship, but he has always given up too much ground at the ovals. However, he keeps getting better, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him emerge as a contender for the win at Indy as soon as this weekend.
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2012 Indianapolis 500 Odds – May 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Driver Odds to Win the 2012 Indy 500
Driver to win the Indy Indianapolis 500
701 Dario Franchitti +900
702 Scott Dixon +900
703 Helio Castroneves +500
704 Ryan Briscoe +300
705 Will Power +600
706 Marco Andretti +800
707 Tony Kanaan +1200
708 Ryan Hunter Reay +1200
709 James Hinchcliffe +800
710 JR Hildebrand +4000
711 Oriol Servia +8000
712 Alex Tagliani +5000
713 Graham Rahal +4000
714 Justin Wilson +10000
715 Rubens Barichello +5000
716 Ed Carpenter +8000
717 Takuma Sato +8000
718 Field +2000