Indy 500 Preview Favors Andretti or Dixon to Win

Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves
Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves

One of the biggest races of the year takes place Sunday in the Indianapolis 500. So, let’s get the Indy 500 preview underway.

Ed Carpenter won the pole position with a speed of 228.762 miles per hour, but he isn’t the favorite to win.

According to the two favorites to win the race are Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon as both men are 7/1 odds. They are followed by three time Indy 500 winners Helio Castroneves, who won the race in 2001, 2002 and 2009, is at 8/1 odds and Dario Franchitti, who won it in 2007, 2010 and 2013, is at 17/2 odds. Rounding out the top five is Carpenter who is at 10/1 odds since he won the pole.

First of all I wouldn’t touch an Andretti driver with a 10-foot pole. The reason is that the Andretti is a legendary racing family as five different members of the family at one time or another has participated in the Indy 500. However, they are a notorious family as they are known for their lack of Indy 500 wins.

The only one to win an Indy 500 races was the eldest Mario Andretti. Mario’s son Michael came close to winning a couple as a driver, but something always happened. Michael’s son Marco came close as well, but he was passed near the end of the race after leading the race.

The only other Indy 500 wins for the came via Michael as he started his own team after he retired following the 2003 Indy 500. In 2005 Dan Wheldon won the Indy 500 for Andretti and then in 2007 Franchitti won it for him.

If you are looking for a bigger underdog then you should look at two current racing teams in Marlboro Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing. Penske is a legendary owner as an owner he has won the Indy 500 15 times. Chip Ganassi Racing has been forging its own name over the past 12 years Chip Ganassi Racing has won four Indy 500s

Penske has two drivers in the Indy 500 with Ganassi having three drivers. Both have a three time Indy 500 winner as Castroneves drives for Penske and Franchitti drives for Ganassi. With Dixon being another driver of Ganassi that leaves two drivers left.

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