Indy 500 2012: 7 Under-the-Radar Drivers Who Could Challenge for the Win

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Indy 500 2012: 7 Under-the-Radar Drivers Who Could Challenge for the Win
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You know all the favorites. At Penske Racing, there's three-time race winner Helio Castroneves, polesitter Ryan Briscoe, and championship leader Will Power. At Andretti Autosport, there are two front row starters, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Marco Andretti, who paced the field on Fast Friday. At Chip Ganassi Racing, one can never count out former winners Scott Dixon or Dario Franchitti.

But as we learned last year, being the favorite doesn't mean anything to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Last year's race came down to fuel strategy, which left the race in the hands of rookie J.R. Hildebrand, until a last-turn accident gave the race away to Dan Wheldon. Wheldon won as part of a one-race deal with Bryan Herta Autosport, making him the first one-shot winner since Castroneves and Penske in 2001. If nothing else, it reminded everybody that a win is no guarantee for the sport's power players.

With that in mind, there's a strong possibility that another under-the-radar team can put together the right combination on Sunday and take the Borg-Warner Trophy. These seven teams have the best shot.

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