2014 Indianapolis 500: Preview, Odds. Prediction For Some Of The Top Drivers - 5/25/14
Indianapolis 500: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm ( Indianapolis, IN)
The Indianapolis 500 will get underway Sunday afternoon and as usual, there are several drivers’ who provide value and can help put some money in your pocket. There’s never a clear cut favorite in racing, which always gives even the best drivers in the sport a solid return on your money.
Here are five drivers that are worth your action on Sunday.
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Helio Castroneves – The beauty of betting racing is that you can get favorites at odds of +600. Take Castroneves for example, as the three-time Indianapolis 500 champ can give you six times your money back if he becomes the fourth racer ever to win the track four times in a career. Castroneves hasn’t won the Indy 500 since 2009, but he has shown he still has a little something left in the tank by finishing in the Top 10 in all four starts this season. Castroneves is one of the more reliable drivers on this track and has as good a chance to win as anybody. With those odds, you can’t help but throw some money his way and hope he makes history.
Ed Carpenter – For the second straight year, Carpenter has won the pole to the Indianapolis 500. He becomes the 11th driver to win back-to-back poles to this race and the first since Castroneves did it back in 2009-10. Carpenter hasn’t done well at the Indy 500 throughout his career, racking up just three Top 10 finishes in 10 attempts. In fact, Carpenter has just two wins overall in 142 races. But it’s hard to argue with odds of +800 with a guy who will start the race in the front of the pack. Carpenter is worth a look.
Tony Kanaan – Kanaan had a horrible performance during qualifying, as he’ll start near the back of the back at 23. Still, there isn’t a driver who loves the Indianapolis 500 more than him. Not only did Kanaan win the event last year, but in 12 attempts, he’s finished in the Top 10 seven times, including in the top five the last three seasons. There’s no better value than getting Kanaan at odds of +1500. While it sometimes feels like Kanaan is on his last leg at the age of 39, it’s never wise to count him out during this race and is always worth sprinkling a little dough his way.
Kurt Busch – Busch is attempting to become the fourth driver ever to race the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 in the same day. Things didn’t get off to a great start for the NASCAR veteran, as he crashed Monday during the Indy 500 practice. Busch was able to walk away from the damage without serious injury and managed to qualify 12th for the big race. While Busch has had an amazing NASCAR career, he isn’t used to the IndyCar Series and hasn’t had much success this season on the track overall, currently ranked 28th in points in the Sprint Cup Series. Still, we’ve seen crazier things happen and it’s tough to ignore odds of +3000.
The Field – This is easy. Most books are offering 16 drivers for odds of +1200. Granted, you’re not getting any of the favorites, but this is racing, after all where anything can happen. Throw something on the field and hope for the best.