Indy 500 2016: Race Odds, Live Stream, Starting Lineup Grid and TV Schedule

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIMay 29, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 18:  Graham Rahal drives the #15 Honda IndyCar during practice at the Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 18, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/NHL/Getty Images)
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Oddsmakers tell us the result of the Indianapolis 500 is far from a forgone conclusion.

Three racers are listed as +650 favorites, including last year's winner Juan Pablo Montoya, according to Odds Shark. Sunday's pole-sitter James Hinchcliffe is coming in tied with Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden as a +1,000 favorite behind five other drivers.

There is thought of Montoya winning another Indy 500, as well as Helio Castroneves, who is listed at +750 as he looks for his fourth career Indy 500 victory.

Here's a final look at some odds and the starting grid.

Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid
Pole PositionDriverDriverPole Position
1James HinchcliffeJosef Newgarden2
3Ryan Hunter-ReayTownsend Bell4
5Carlos MunozWill Power6
7Mikhail AleshinSimon Pagenaud8
9Helio CastronevesOriol Servia10
11Alexander RossiTakuma Sato12
13Scott DixonMarco Andretti14
15JR HildebrandCharlie Kimball16
17Juan Pablo MontoyaTony Kanaan18
19Sebastien BourdaisEd Carpenter20
21Gabby ChavesMax Chilton22
23Sage KaramConor Daly24
25Pippa MannGraham Rahal26
27Matt BrabhamBryan Clauson28
29Spencer PigotStefan Wilson30
31Jack HawksworthBuddy Lazier32
33Alex Tagliani
Source: IndyCar.com
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Will Power+650
Simon Pagenaud+650
Juan Pablo Montoya+650
Scott Dixon+700
Helio Castroneves+750
Tony Kanaan+1,000
James Hinchcliffe+1,000
Josef Newgarden+1,000
Ryan Hunter-Reay+1,400
Townsend Bell+1,800
Source: Odds Shark

TV Schedule and Information

When: Sunday, May 29

Time: Engines start 12:14 p.m. ET

TV: ABC (coverage starts at 11 a.m. ET)

Live Stream: WatchESPN.com and RaceControl.IndyCar.com

It's the 100th Indy 500, Despite Starting in 1911

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Lily Rothman of Time provided this intriguing fact about the Indianapolis 500: It's the 100th running of the prestigious race, but it's been cancelled on several occasions.

According to Rothman, World War I and World War II forced the Indy 500 to cancel on six different occasions, including all four years the United States was involved in World War II (1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945). The other two times were in World War I (1917 and 1918).

The reason why it was cancelled in 1942, per Rothman (via the Time archives), was because of a national gas shortage.

“The U.S. motorist, onetime King of the Highway, looked more like a funny-cartoon pedestrian each week," the article said. "A great many Eastern gas tanks were dry, and hell had seen no furies like the motorists who did not have enough gas left to drive around to a service station for gas that was not there.”

Clearly, there were more important situations to be tended to other than racing, but it shows how much of an impact racing had on resources that seemed scarce. Gasoline, for example, was limited because vehicles were still in a developmental stage.

While other sports like baseball and college football continued, it showed the sacrifices IndyCar and other racing leagues had to make for the betterment of their country.

This is an interesting fact that was not thought of during that time, and it makes this race even more historic.

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