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 Position||Driver||Driver||Pole Position|
|1||James Hinchcliffe||Josef Newgarden||2|
|3||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Townsend Bell||4|
|5||Carlos Munoz||Will Power||6|
|7||Mikhail Aleshin||Simon Pagenaud||8|
|9||Helio Castroneves||Oriol Servia||10|
|11||Alexander Rossi||Takuma Sato||12|
|13||Scott Dixon||Marco Andretti||14|
|15||JR Hildebrand||Charlie Kimball||16|
|17||Juan Pablo Montoya||Tony Kanaan||18|
|19||Sebastien Bourdais||Ed Carpenter||20|
|21||Gabby Chaves||Max Chilton||22|
|23||Sage Karam||Conor Daly||24|
|25||Pippa Mann||Graham Rahal||26|
|27||Matt Brabham||Bryan Clauson||28|
|29||Spencer Pigot||Stefan Wilson||30|
|31||Jack Hawksworth||Buddy Lazier||32|
|Indianapolis 500 Favorites|
|Juan Pablo Montoya||+650|
|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
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.