As we get ready for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, the starting grid offers some very interesting things to ponder. We have the Chevrolet-powered cars taking nine out of the top 10 spots and clearly making a statement.
We have five former Formula One (F-1) drivers in this year's field, including Rubens Barrichello, Takuma Sato, Justin Wilson, Sebastien Bourdais and Jean Alesi. Three of the drivers in the field are former Indy 500 race winners: Dario Franchitti (twice), Helio Castroneves (three times) and Scott Dixon (once). Finally we have three former IndyCar champions in the field: Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.
We have plenty of good storylines, but who is going to win the 2012 Indianapolis 500?
Our friends at The Sports Book at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas provided Bleacher Report with the odds for this year’s race. Without giving anything away yet, the super team drivers are definitely getting lots of love from the bettors as Sunday’s race draws near. Team Penske, Andretti Autosport and Target Chip Ganassi Racing have more drivers among the favorites.
Through the first four races, we have yet to see an IndyCar race on an oval and that opens up things up for a number of drivers who are excited about Sunday. I think some drivers are being either overlooked or at the very least undervalued. In the upcoming slideshow I will give the odds that Caesars provided, along with my comments on what the oddsmakers are telling us about the driver and the race.
There are some drivers that are "Off the Board," meaning that the oddsmakers feel that they have little to no chance of winning. Moreover, from a gaming standpoint, little or no money has been placed on them, thus not making them worthy of being placed on the betting line.
For the record, the highest odds placed on any driver in the field by Caesars is 100-to-1, which is clearly a long shot. Should you wish to pick those drivers that the oddsmakers feel have no chance, you can by taking "The Field" at 8-to-1 odds, in which case you get them all.