Indianapolis 500 Breakdown and Top Three Drivers Predictions

ctsports picksAnalyst IMay 24, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 22:  Tony Kanaan, driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven Andretti Green Racing, looks on from the pits, during Miller Lite Carb Day practice for the IRL IndyCar Series 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)


Handicapping the Indy 500 can be very difficult and the odds of this years race is very interesting. When wagering in auto racing most of the betting public has shifted in recent years to Nascar. But once a year all the bettors come back to bet the biggest race in the Indy car series, the Indianapolis 500. This year will be the 93rd annual race and all the big names are locked and loaded for the biggest race of the year. Lets look at Craig from CT Sports Picks top three picks and betting odds for this years INDY 500.

3. Helio Castroneves: (5-1) Now that Helio can get back to racing cars and quit worrying about going to prison for tax evasion, watch out. Castroneves has owned the INDY 500 in his time in the series. In 9 races at Indianapolis he has won it twice (2001,2002) and is always extremely competitive at this race. What a better way to place himself back into the limelight than win the biggest race of the year. Great betting value on a driver with a ton of experience and a great race team.

2. Dario Franchitti: (6/1) After a one year stint in Nascar Dario returns home to what he is really good at, open wheel racing. With his famous wife, Ashley Judd at his side he looks to continue his hot streak at the Indy 500. Franchitti won the 2007 race and the last three years at Indianapolis he has not finished worse than 7th place. Very solid race team with a driver trying to prove again that he is one to be reckoned with make this a great value at 6-1.

1. Tony Kanaan: (9-1) What a great price on a driver that has had horrible luck at the INDY 500. But he continually runs well in Indy and don't be surprised if he holds it together to be upfront at the end. Andretti Green Team looks to have Kanaan ready for bear and Craig has him leading the most laps and winning in a great finish.

Craig loves all three of the above drivers but in the INDY 500 no one is out of it as the long race is so tough on engines and crews. But no matter what at the end of this race it will be so close and very exciting.

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