The racing community will soon turn its attention to the 103rd version of the Indianapolis 500. Considered by many to be the greatest racing event in history, the tradition is steep and there’s plenty of juicy odds to take advantage of. Unlike NASCAR where you have your two or three front-running factories, the Indy 500 is usually wide open and dark horses can actually play a factor.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card.
Will Power, +840 - Will Power has been a little disappointing when you compare to where he’s usually at this time of year, which could mean he’s due for a breakout performance. Power won the Indy 500 last year and was runner-up in 2015, so he’s no stranger to success at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There’s also a history of continued winners with 27.1 percent of winners winning this race more than once. I like Power’s chances of becoming the 20th multiple winner at this historic event.
Helio Castroneves, +1300 - Helio Castroneves has just one race under his belt this year and three IndyCar races the last two years, so there’s reason for these odds given the rust. Switching over to Acura Team Penske, there’s an adjustment to be made for Castroneves. With that said, Castroneves is a three-time winner at the Indy 500, making him easily the most successful active driver at this event. He’s also a three-time runner-up at this race, most recently in 2017. Hard to put together an Indy 500 card without Castroneves, who can become the fourth driver to win this race four times and first since Rick Mears in 1991.
Josef Newgarden, +840 - Josef Newgarden has been the best driver through five races, finishing fourth or better in four of those tries and racking up 182 points. Newgarden hasn’t had a ton of success at the Indy 500, but the hunger is certainly there, as he said he’d take a win at this event over another IndyCar season championship. If his form holds, Newgarden has a terrific chance of finally breaking through and getting possibly the biggest win of his career up to this point.
Takuma Sato, +2400 - Takuma Sato is averaging a finish of 7.5 in his last four races and usually bounces back nicely after finishing outside of the top-10 the following week. Sato won the Indy 500 in 2017 and had the fastest lap of 226.9 mph during an open test run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month. Again, there’s a long history of drivers winning this race multiple times once they first taste victory. There’s reason to like Sato to become the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500 twice.
Scott Dixon, +1100 - Scott Dixon has been knocking on the door all year long, finishing third or better in five of his last six races overall. Dixon is averaging a finish of 2.3 in his last three races. Dixon won the Indy 500 in 2008 and had a third place finish last year. Overall, Dixon has finished eighth or better in 10 of his last 13 appearances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Consistency has shown Dixon is going to be in the running for a victory whether he gets it or not, so 11 to 1 odds is worth strong consideration.