Motor Racing Odds – Indy 500 Odds and Picks (2020)

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With sports in general ravaged by the COVID-19 outbreak things look a little different. The famed Indianapolis 500, the premiere event of the IndyCar Series, is set to take place Sunday, some three months after its normal Memorial Day weekend running with no spectators. That doesn’t lessen the scope of the event, which hits the Brickyard for the 104th time. Visit BookMaker.eu for an updated list of Indy 500 betting odds when you’re ready to wager.  Bookmaker offers a generous welcome bonus (limited time only max bonus $1600)

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2020 Indianapolis 500 

Date and Time: Sunday, August 23, 2020, 1 p.m. ET 

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN 

Opening Indy 500 Odds: Scott Dixon +500 

Length: 500 miles ( 200 laps ) 

Indianapolis 500 TV Coverage: NBC 

You can equate the Indy 500 with hot dogs and apple pie. It’s a great American race, right? The only problem is the race has been dominated by international drivers over the last two decades. The last American to win was Alexander Rossi and only four have triumphed in that span. Rossi won as a rookie in 2016 and hit the board as the second favorite behind New Zealander Scott Dixon. With more than half of the 33 entrants being foreigners there is a good chance we see another take the checkered flag on Sunday.  

There hasn’t been a repeat winner at Indy since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and 2002. Simon Pagenaud can end that streak on Sunday, though he’s priced at +1100 to do so. And speaking of Castroneves you can buy the three-time Indy 500 winner at +2800. Dixon is a former Indy 500 winner and he won the only superspeedway race this season. He started from the No. 2 spot for that race and guess what, he’s slotted second at Indy.  

Dixon won here in 2008 and earned three other podium finishes since debuting at the Brickyard in 2003. He won the first three races in the reimagined schedule and is the overall points leader in the championship standings.  

Starting position matters with the last three winners coming from the top two rows. With recent changes taking effect this year it’s going to be more difficult to pass making starting position a key when placing a bet. Marco Andretti earned the pole in qualifying looking for his first Indy 500 victory in his 15th attempt. He’ may be worth throwing down on at +750. 

Odds to win Indianapolis 500 at BookMaker.eu 

Scott Dixon +500 

Alexander Rossi +725 

Marco Andretti +750 

Ryan Hunter Reay +850 

Josef Newgarden +1000 

Simon Pagenaud +1100 

Will Power +1100 

Colton Herta +1600 

Takuma Sato +1600 

Fernando Alonso +1800 

Conor Daly +1800 

Rinus Veekay +2000 

James Hinchcliffe +2200 

Felix Rosenqvist +2300 

Helio Castroneves +2800 

Graham Rahal +3000 

Pato O Ward +3000 

Marcus Ericsson +3000 

Santino Ferrucci +3500 

Ed Carpenter +4000 

Spencer Pigot +4500 

Oliver Askew +4500 

Alex Palou +4500 

Tony Kanaan +5000 

Zach Veach +7000 

Jack Harvey +8500 

Indianapolis 500 Field 

Grabbing the pole was the first step for Andretti to end the family curse at the Brickyard. When you think of IndyCar racing the name usually comes up. That has a lot to do with Marco’s granddad Mario, who was the only Andretti to win the Indy 500 way back in 1969. There were a number of Andretti’s that attempted to tame the track but none have been successful. 

If you believe in such things the curse may lead you to fade Marco. Or you could just take a look at his numbers for persuasion. He hasn’t taken the checkered flag since the 2011 season and he hasn’t even finished among the top five in any race in the last two seasons. Sitting on the pole is a big advantage, but I’m going to opt out of backing Marco. 

Dixon is the odds on favorite for a reason. Actually, there are several reasons. He’s finished first, third and fifth in the season’s three races on oval courses, he’s had success at Indy and starting alongside Andretti in the front row is a huge advantage. With recent changes there’s a consensus among drivers that starting position will be a key factor. 

Simon Pagenaud will have a tough time defending his title. He can be had at a good price and his car appears to be one of the strongest out there. However, he starts from the 25th position with a lot of ground to make up. Will Power is perhaps the best superspeedway racer in the IndyCar Series right now. He won here in 2018 and placed fifth last year adding to his five top-10s in his last six Indy 500 starts. 

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Taking a chance on a longshot is always risky, but it might be more so for this race. There are some good ones to look at, though. Three-time winner Castroneves is available at a good price and 2017 champ Takuma Sato has plenty of value. I’m staying near the top of the odds board and wouldn’t be surprised to see Andretti pull out the win, but I’m not confident he’ll do it. 

Indianapolis 500 Prediction: Scott Dixon 

Top-5 Lock: Josef Newgarden 

Top-10 Lock: Marco Andretti 

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