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Indy 500 2015: Race Odds, Live Stream, Starting Lineup Grid and TV Schedule

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2015

Ryan Hunter-Reay drives through a turn during practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 7, 2015.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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In terms of prestige, few races are more highly coveted than the Indianapolis 500. For the top stars on the IndyCar circuit, this year's event represents a chance to bolster a legacy and/or make up for possibly a slow start to the 2015 campaign.

With this year's race just hours away, there's only a little bit of time left to look ahead to the Indy 500 and a small handful of the more notable names taking part.

Here's a quick preview for the 2015 Indianapolis 500.

Indianapolis 500 Schedule

DateTime (ET)TV InfoLive Stream
Sun., May 2412:15 p.m.ABCWatch ESPN

 

Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid

RowDrivers
1Scott DixonWill PowerSimon Pagenaud
2Tony KanaanHelio CastronevesJustin Wilson
3Sebastien BourdaisMarco AndrettiJosef Newgarden
4JR HildebrandCarlos MunozEd Carpenter
5Oriol ServiaCharlie KimballJuan Pablo Montoya
6Ryan Hunter-ReayGraham RahalSimona de Silvestro
7James JakesAlex TaglianiSage Karam
8Conor DalyTownsend BellTakuma Sato
9Pippa MannGabby ChavesSebastian Saavedra
10Jack HawksworthStefano ColettiBryan Clauson
11Ryan BriscoeTristan VautierJames Davison
Source: IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com

 

Indianapolis 500 Odds

DriverOdds
Scott Dixon9/2
Simon Pagenaud 5/1
Will Power6/1
Helio Castroneves 13/2
Tony Kanaan 13/2
Juan Pablo Montoya15/2
Marco Andretti 11/1
Carlos Munoz20/1
Ed Carpenter 22/1
Ryan Hunter-Reay 25/1
Josef Newgarden28/1
Source: Odds Shark

Preview

May 17, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon poses for a photo in his car after qualifying during Pole Day for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

If history is any indicator, then Scott Dixon will be the driver in Victory Lane by the time the Indianapolis 500 is completed. The 34-year-old has just one other Indy 500 pole to his name, and it just so happens to be the same year he captured the checkered flag at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"We're starting in the right place but it's a long race," said Dixon, per Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times. "Hopefully, we can replicate what we did in 2008."

Normally, it can be difficult to win a race from the pole position, but four different drivers—Dixon included—have won from the P1 position since 2004. That's not an incredible winning percentage, but it's not like the pole has been a complete graveyard of late.

One driver seriously on the wrong side of history is Ryan Hunter-Reay. The 34-year-old won last year's Indianapolis 500, and that may be the kiss of death in 2015.

Helio Castroneves is the last driver to win back-to-back Indy 500s. Before his triumph in 2002, you have to go all the way back to Al Unser Sr. in 1971 to find the next-most recent back-to-back champion.

Hunter-Reay won't be helped out by starting out in 16th. It won't be easy for him to work his way up the field, especially with the number of skilled stars occupying the first couple of rows.

Many eyes will be on Team Penske, with the group's four drivers boasting starting positions of second, third, fifth and 15th. Dixon must feel like the walls are closing in around him with Will Power and Simon Pagenaud both starting in the same row:

Nick DeGroot @ndegroot89

Scott Dixon (Ganassi) will share the front row with Will Power (Penske) and Simon Pagenaud (Penske) #Indy500

For Power, this year's Indy 500 is a chance to fill one of the glaring holes on his resume. In fact, one could argue that Power has been a bit of a disappointment at this race in the past.

Will Power is one of the best active IndyCar drivers to never win the Indy 500.
Will Power is one of the best active IndyCar drivers to never win the Indy 500.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

According to Racing-Reference, he started his last seven Indianapolis 500s at an average of 7.6 but finished at an average of 13.6. Power has finished no higher than fifth, which feels surprising given how well he has performed on the IndyCar Series as a whole.

Power doesn't really view his past Indy 500 performances negatively. He feels that the one-off nature of the event brings so many other variables into play beyond a driver's skill.

"To me a championship was always a bigger deal to me. Always," Power said, per USA Today's Brant James. "It's the best driver in a number of races. There's no question, really. The best guys always seem to fight for the final championship. Indianapolis is a different story. It's definitely got to be your day."

While the number of points championships is often the first qualifier in terms of a driver's overall body of work, the Indianapolis 500 is one of those races by which the sport's biggest stars are judged.

It must weigh on Power even somewhat that he has so far failed to capture an Indy 500 checkered flag. This may be the year he gets that monkey off his back.

Note: Odds are courtesy of Odds Shark, where you can view the full odds for each driver in the Indy 500.

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