Every Memorial Day weekend, the boys (and girl) of Indy Car Racing get together at the hallowed circuit of the Brickyard for the Indianapolis 500. This day, largely accepted as one of the greatest racing days of the year, isn't one that either NASCAR betting fans or auto racing fans in general are going to want to miss out on!

Helio Castroneves is the defending champion of this race, and he'll also be sitting in the pole position when the green flag drops on Sunday afternoon. He has won The 500 three times in his illustrious career, and can tie a record for most Indy 500s won in a career, joining AJ Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears if he can pull it off again in 2010. There have been four drivers, himself included, that have won the Indianapolis 500 in back-to-back years (he won in 2001 and 2002), but no driver has ever done it twice. Castroneves would become the first to do so if he got to Victory Lane this weekend.

Hot on his heels will be several other contenders. Scott Dixon won this race in 2008 and looks poised to have another great showing at the Brickyard once again in 2010. He led the most laps in the '09 race, but finished a very disappointing sixth overall.

Another driver that almost everyone will be focused in on this weekend is Danica Patrick. Though Patrick has struggled this year, she is still one of the hottest commodities that auto racing has to offer, and she performed quite well at this event last year, placing third overall. Patrick has only had one Top 10 finish all season long, but she would love to pick up her second career victory on Sunday at the Indianapolis 500.

Indianapolis 500 Betting Lines, courtesy of Sportsbook.com
Alex Tagliani +2000
Dan Wheldon +2500
Danica Patrick +3000
Dario Franchitti +400
Ed Carpenter +5000
Helio Castroneves +250
Hideki Mutoh +3000
Justin Wilson +10000
Marco Andretti +2000
Mike Conway +10000
Raphael Matos +5000
Ryan Briscoe +400
Ryan Hunter-Reay +3000
Scott Dixon +350
Takuma Sato +10000
Tony Kanaan +2500
Vitor Meira +4000
Will Power +600
Field +2500

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