2012 Indianapolis 500 Vegas Odds – Why Marco Andretti is a Threat to Win the Indy 500: Over the years, the name Andretti has become synonymous with the IndyCar Series, and more importantly, the Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately, the Andretti family’s fame at Indianapolis stems from the horrible luck experienced by generations of drivers. In 1969, racing legend Mario Andretti won the Indy 500. Since his victory, several members of the Andretti family have combined for zero wins in 65 starts in the famed event. From Michael Andretti leading by more than half the track only to suffer a broken fuel pump with 11 laps to go in 1992 to Mario losing a victory four months after the race after a penalty on Bobby Unser was overturned, the long list of close calls and heartbreaks borders on surreal.
Marco has already done his part to add to the infamous curse. In his Indy 500 debut in 2006, he was leading the race in the closing laps with his father Michael running second. Instead of a vindicating 1-2 finish for father and son, the race ended up being another jagged pill to swallow. Sam Hornish Jr. worked his way past Michael with two laps to go and then passed Marco for the lead in the final 400 feet of the final lap. Marco lost the race by just 0.0635 seconds – the second-smallest margin in the race’s history.
Disappointment aside, Marco has actually had a lot of success at Indianapolis in his young career. In six starts, he has three top-five finishes and four top-10s. In addition to his runner-up effort in 2006, Marco has added third-place finishes in 2008 and 2010. At his current 10/1 odds, his strong track record is definitely encouraging for bettors. After all, the first step toward breaking the course and returning the Andretti name to the Borg-Warner Trophy is consistently running near the front. Marco has that covered.
On the downside, he has been anything but consistent in 2012.He is sitting 19th in points after the first five races of the year and has yet to finish in the top 10. However, Marco’s strength has never been the road course portion of the schedule. He is at his best on the fast ovals, and Indianapolis is as fast as they come. Not to mention the fact that his Andretti Autosport equipment has performed well as a whole. His teammates James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay are third and fourth in points, respectively, heading into the Indy 500.
More importantly, Marco’s Andretti Autosport team has looked strong since testing began at Indianapolis. On qualifying day, Andretti Autpsport’s three drivers qualified second, third and fourth. Seeing all three team cars perform well is a telling sign, and Andretti Autosport is heading into Sunday’s race with the right aero setup and engine package to contend. Marco will start fourth out of the trio, but his past success at the track makes him the more intriguing option than his teammates Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay.
On one hand, betting on Marco is a lot like betting on the Chicago Cubs, but if the Boston Red Sox can finally win a World Series, an Andretti can return to Victory Circle at Indianapolis. The track has been one of his best on the IndyCar Series schedule, and Andretti Autosport is looking as strong as it ever has at Indy. Marco has finished third or better in half his starts in the Indianapolis 500, and at 10/1 vegas odds, he has the talent and the equipment to deliver a nice return on investment.
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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