2014 IndyCar Preview – Odds to win The Indianapolis 500

Indy 500 odds Preview

IndyCar may have lost much of its prestige in the United States, as Americans as a whole prefer NASCAR, but the Indianapolis 500 remains the most-well known car race in America. Thirty-three drivers will take to the starting line at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 98th running of the famed event.

Bovada offers odds on each of the 33 drivers, along with a good variety of head-to-head matchups, as well as the ability to wager on a driver finishing in the top three.

Indy 500 odds PreviewAnother Andretti is expected to do well at the Brickyard on Sunday, as Marco Andretti is one of the two co-race favorites at 13-to-2, along with three-time winner Helio Castroneves. Right behind those two are pole sitter Ed Carpenter and Juan Pablo Montoya at 15-to-2.

Current IndyCar points leader Will Power is 8-to-1, followed by James Hinchcliffe at 9-to-1 and Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay are both 11-to-1. Carlos Munoz is 14-to-1 and Simpn Pagenaud, who won the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10, is 16-to-1, along with defending champion Tony Kanaan.

Ryan Briscoe is 22-to-1 and Kurt Busch, who will compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on the same day. All other drivers are 40-to-1 or greater.

An Andretti hasn’t won the race since Mario Andretti took the checkered flag in 1969, but Marco is more than capable of winning this race. He has four top-four finishes here since 2006 and his teammate Hunter-Reay edged him out for third place last year. Hinchcliffe and Munoz, last year’s runner-up also drive for Andretti Autosport, as will Busch.

Castroneves is seeking his fourth win, which would tie him for the all-time best record. Kanaan, a childhood friend of Castroneves, is seeking to become the first person to win back-to-back races since Castroneves pulled off the feat in 2001 and 2002.

There are plenty of drivers capable of winning the race, but the most interesting could by Hunter-Reay, who nearly pulled off the victory last year, before being jumped on a restart by both Kanaan and Munoz with three laps to go. He didn’t have the greatest qualifying run and will start 19th, but has looked decent in practice and has always been more of a game-day type of driver. At odds of 11-to-1, he’s certainly worth a small shot.

At 9-to-2, Kanaan may be worth a small wager to finish in the top three. He is with a much stronger team this year, Target Chip Ganassi Racing, and one of his greatest strengths is restarts. The fact that he led laps in each of his previous nine races here is a good sign that he can keep up with the frontrunners and the odds aren’t bad at all.

Bovada Sportsbook Indy 500 Odds:

Helio Castroneves           13/2

Marco Andretti                 13/2

Ed Carpenter                     15/2

Juan Montoya                   15/2

Will Power                         8/1

James Hinchcliffe            9/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay           11/1

Scott Dixon                         11/1

Carlos Munoz                    14/1

Simon Pagenaud              16/1

Tony Kanaan                      16/1

Ryan Briscoe                      22/1

Kurt Busch                          25/1

JR Hildebrand                    40/1

Josef Newgarden            40/1

Justin Wilson                     40/1

Takuma Sato                      40/1

Graham Rahal                    50/1

Oriol Servia                        66/1

Sebastian Bourdais         66/1

Charlie Kimball                 75/1

Jack Hawksworth             75/1

Jacques Villeneuve        75/1

Townsend Bell                  75/1

Alex Tagliani                      100/1

Buddy Lazier                      100/1

Carlos Huertas                  100/1

Mikhail Aleshin                100/1

Sebastian Saavedra        100/1

Sage Karam                        150/1

James Davison                  150/1

Martin Plowman              150/1

Pippa Mann                        150/1


IndyCar – Odds to Finish in the Top 3 – The Indianapolis 500 @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Helio Castroneves           19/10

Ed Carpenter                     2/1

Juan Montoya                   2/1

Will Power                         9/4

James Hinchcliffe            5/2

Ryan Hunter-Reay           3/1

Scott Dixon                         3/1

Carlos Munoz                    4/1

Simon Pagenaud              9/2

Tony Kanaan                      9/2

Ryan Briscoe                      13/2

Kurt Busch                          15/2

Marco Andretti                 15/2

JR Hildebrand                    12/1

Josef Newgarden            12/1

Justin Wilson                     12/1

Takuma Sato                      12/1

Graham Rahal                    15/1

Charlie Kimball                 20/1

Jacques Villeneuve        20/1

Oriol Servia                        20/1

Sebastian Bourdais         20/1

Townsend Bell                  20/1

Alex Tagliani                      30/1

Buddy Lazier                      30/1

Carlos Huertas                  30/1

Jack Hawksworth             30/1

Mikhail Aleshin                30/1

Sebastian Saavedra        30/1

Sage Karam                        40/1

James Davison                  40/1

Martin Plowman              40/1

Pippa Mann                        40/1


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Marco Andretti                 -115

Helio Castroneves           -115


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Helio Castroneves           -140

Scott Dixon                         +110


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Scott Dixon                         -140

Tony Kanaan                      +110


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Tony Kanaan                      EVEN

James Hinchcliffe            -130


Indy Car – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

James Hinchcliffe            -115

Ed Carpenter                     -115


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Ed Carpenter                     -115

Will Power                         -115


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Will Power                         -150

Simon Pagenaud              +120


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Simon Pagenaud              +110

Ryan Hunter-Reay           -140


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Ryan Hunter-Reay           -130

Tony Kanaan                      EVEN


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Oriol Servia                        -115

Graham Rahal                    -115


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Graham Rahal                    -125

Takuma Sato                      -105


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Ryan Briscoe                      -130

Charlie Kimball                 EVEN


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Alex Tagliani                      -135

Jacques Villeneuve        +105


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Alex Tagliani                      -140

Townsend Bell                  +110


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Juan Montoya                   -115

Helio Castroneves           -115


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Head to Head Matchup

Kurt Busch                          +120

Carlos Munoz                    -150


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Will a Canadian born driver win?

Yes                         +700

No                          -1500


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Will an American born driver win?

Yes                         +150

No                          -200


IndyCar – Indianapolis 500 – Former Winner To Have Best Finish

Helio Castroneves           9/5

Juan Pablo Montoya       9/4

Scott Dixon                         7/2

Tony Kanaan                      7/2

Jacques Villeneuve        12/1

Buddy Lazier                      40/1

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