2010 Indy 500 Odds, Preview, Odds, and Free Picks

Last Updated: May 26th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and that means that racing fans are getting all revved up for one of the biggest races of the year! Indy 500 betting action is on the way, and here at Bankroll Sports, we’re starting our engines and getting you ready for the 94th Indianapolis 500!  In this article you will find all the 2010 Indy 500 Odds and other free Indy 500 picks along with a informative preview for the race. 

Where else could we possibly start than with defending champion and pole sitter Helio Castroneves (+250 at Brobury Sports)? Castroneves has won this event three times in his career (2001, 2002, and 2009), and he is the favored choice of the oddsmakers to pull off the feat for a fourth time. If he can pull off the feat, he will become the fourth person in the history of the race to have won it four times, joining AJ Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears. Castroneves is also one of just three international drivers that can say that they have won this race more than once, joining fellow Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi and the Netherlands’ Arie Luyendyk. Castroneves can also become the first driver to ever win this even back-to-back on two separate occasions. Four other drives have ever pulled off the stunt aside from Castroneves (Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Bill Vukovich, and Al Unser). No one had accomplished this feat since 1970-1971 with Unser capturing back-to-back checkered flags at the Brickyard before Castroneves did it in 2001 and 2002.

The man that led the most laps last year was New Zealand’s Scott Dixon (+350 at Brobury Sports). The 2003 and 2008 Indy Car champion hasn’t had the greatest history in this race, as he has retired twice, and has three other finishes outside of the Top 5 in his career. He did win this race in 2008 and could become one of those non-American drives to win the running of the Indy 500 multiple times Dixon is coming off of a huge win at Kansas Motor Speedway for Chip Ganassi Racing, and he’d love nothing more than to bring the team a second consecutive win in the 500.

Keep a close eye on Ryan Briscoe (+400 at Brobury Sports) as well. In spite of the fact that Briscoe has qualified well at the Brickyard in his career (starting second in 2009, third in 2008, and seventh in 2007), he has only cracked the Top 5 once when the race was said and done, that coming in 2007. Team Penske has yet to field a winner in the biggest Indy Car race of the season. Briscoe led a few laps early on in the race last year, but a 15th place finish was considered a huge setback.

She may have some long odds to capture the checkered flag in this race, but Danica Patrick (+3000 at Brobury Sports) could really make some history if she can find a way to make it to Victory Lane for the second time in her career. Patrick finished third in this race a year ago. She was the fourth woman ever to get behind the wheel of a car in the Indy 500. Patrick hasn’t had a good run of it this year for Andretti Autosport Racing, as she only has one Top 10 finish and has largely criticized her team for the product that she is racing in on a weekly basis. Patrick enters this week in 16th place in the IRL standings with just 86 points.

Current 2010 Indianapolis 500 Odds @ Brobury Sportsbook (as of 5/26):
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Alex Tagliani +2000
Dan Wheldon +2500
Danica Patrick +3000
Dario Franchitti +400
Ed Carpenter +5000
Helio Castroneves +250
Hideki Mutoh +3000
Justin Wilson +10000
Marco Andretti +2000
Mike Conway +10000
Raphael Matos +5000
Ryan Briscoe +400
Ryan Hunter-Reay +3000
Scott Dixon +350
Takuma Sato +10000
Tony Kanaan +2500
Vitor Meira +4000
Will Power +600
Field +2500

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