Motor Racing Odds 2019 – Indy 500 Odds and Picks

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Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with a number of things. You have the unofficial start of summer for one, and there’s that Holiday thing were a lot of people enjoy a day off from their hectic job schedule.

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Oh, and there’s that car race in Indiana. The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, the premiere event of the IndyCar Series, is set to take place on Sunday with seven former winners and six rookies among the field. One of the former winners is defending champion Will Power, who finished ahead of pole-sitter Ed Carpenter last year by over three seconds. Power and Simon Pagenaud are listed as the favorites with odds of +750 to win Sunday’s race.

2019 Indianapolis 500

Date and Time: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 11 a.m. ET

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN

Opening Indy 500 Odds: Will Power +750

Length: 500 miles ( 200 laps )

Indianapolis 500 TV Coverage: NBC

There are a number of drivers that can win the Indy 500 with this being the closest field from pole speed to the final position in race history. Grabbing the pole doesn’t mean success, but it’s a great start and Pagenaud is a quality racer. Along with defending champ Power, there is also IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden, 2017 winner Takuma Sato and 2016 champ Alexander Rossi. Oh, and don’t forget about three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.

Odds to win 2019 Indianapolis 500 at

Will Power +750

Simon Pagenaud +750

Alexander Rossi +840

Ed Carpenter +840

Josef Newgarden +850

Colton Herta +1100

Spencer Pigot +1300

Scott Dixon +1300

Helio Castroneves +1500

Sebastien Bourdais +2000

Marco Andretti +2175

Ed Jones +2200

Ryan Hunter-Reay +2200

Graham Rahal +2500

Takuma Sato +2600

Tony Kanaan +2650

Conor Daly +4200

Marcus Ericsson +4400

Zach Veach +4400

James Hinchcliffe +4400

JR Hildebrand +6500

Felix Rosenqvist +6600

Matteus Leist +8800

Oriel Servia +8800

Jordan King +10000

James Davison +11000

Sage Karam +11000

Charlie Kimball +11000

Jack Harvey +22000

Santino Ferrucci +22000

Kyle Kaiser +55000

Pippa Mann +110000

Ben Hanley +110000

Grabbing the pole was just a slice of what’s been a promising month for Pagenaud. He won the Indy Grand Prix a few weeks ago and has his sights set on a first Indy 500 win. A sixth-place finish at last year’s race was his best showing in the event.

Team Penske has to be ecstatic about its chances of getting a 19th Indy 500 win with co-favorite and defending champ Power also riding for Roger’s bunch. Power has the experience and now he has an Indy 500 win after last year’s triumph. The drawback on Power is that we haven’t seen a back-to-back winner since Castroneves back in 2001 and 2002, and Power admitted it’s hard to repeat at the Indy 500. That’s not going to prevent him from trying, however.

Just off the leaders on the odds board is Rossi, who has performed remarkably well at the Indy 500. He drank the milk after the 100th running in 2016 and had a fantastic race last year to finish fourth after starting in the back of the pack. He’s obviously comfortable on this track and should be among the contenders once again.

Matched with Rossi on the odds list at +840 is Carpenter. A local product who attended Butler University, Carpenter is a sentimental pick. He’s also a good choice to win his first Indy 500. No stranger to starting up front, Carpenter has started from pole position three times, including last year when he led for a race-high 65 laps, but not the last one. He took a runner-up finishing more than three seconds behind Power.

Newgarden is among the favorites at +850, but he’s the third-best rider for Team Penske and he’d have to have the ride of his life in order to win. He is making his eighth start. Castroneves is the only multi-winner in the field with three Indy 500 victories.

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There are some longshots to keep an eye on come Sunday. James Hinchcliffe is a threat to drive through the field now that he’s actually in the race. He failed to qualify last year, but he is a former pole sitter at Indy. Rossi has to be considered a top candidate for victory. However, it’s time for Pagenaud to get his first win and sitting on the pole gives him that needed advantage.

Indianapolis 500 Prediction: Simon Pagenaud +750

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