One of the highlights of Memorial Day weekend is the Indianapolis 500, a legendary race that is arguably the biggest motorsports event in the world. It doesn't get much better than being awarded the Borg-Warner Trophy and getting to drink the milk. This year will be the 101st Indianapolis 500 and four of the last six races have finished under three hours, so this is a quick chance to make some money in between eating some great food.
Well, it's about time to get down to business.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on your card this weekend.
Scott Dixon - Scott Dixon is the overall favorite to win the Indianapolis 500 because he has pole position and a storied history in this event. Of course, Dixon won in Indy back in 2008, but he's also finished eighth or better in nine of his last 11 appearances. Dixon was runner-up in the 2012 Indy 500. So, while I like to lean towards longer odds when I can, Dixon’s +500 odds are low for a reason. He has by far the best chance to win, and it's still a chance to make five times your money.
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Ryan Hunter-Reay is coming off his best race of the season in which he finished third in the IndyCar Grand Prix, and he now has two top-five finishes overall. Hunter-Reay has to like the way he’s racing right now and should be able to carry that confidence into an event he’s had success at as well. Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500 in 2014 and was third back in 2013, and he was sixth in his first appearance in this event in 2008. Hunter-Reay is more of a longshot with +1200 odds, but it's a play that could pay off.
Alexander Rossi - We’re getting +1400 odds with Alexander Rossi, who won this race last year as a rookie. That's something that's worth a look even if nobody has won the Indianapolis 500 back-to-back years since Helio Castroneves in 2001-02. Rossi should be confident heading into this week and is riding some decent form after posting two top-10 finishes in his last three races. Rossi has a chance to make even more history at just 25 years old, and with these odds, I think he's worth a shot in the dark.
Will Power - Will Power is bringing in odds of +800 this week, which is worth a look given his current form. Power won the Grand Prix and was runner-up in the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. needless to say, Power is in better form than anybody heading into this week, and he's posted three straight top-10 finishes at the Indianapolis 500, which includes a runner-up spot in 2015. This is a decent shot to make eight times your money.
Tony Kanaan - Tony Kanaan is an Indy 500 veteran and has some decent starting position to help set the tone early. Kanaan made his Indianapolis 500 debut 15 years ago and has the results to show, which includes a win in 2013 and a fourth place finish last year. Kanaan has finished fourth or better in four of his last six appearances on this track. Kanaan also has two top-10 finishes in his last three races overall. Hard to turn down an experienced driver such as Kanaan with odds of +1200.