This Sunday we get to witness the greatest spectacle in racing with the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. Betting on motorsports can sometimes be the most exciting and fun way to get more involved with the race and not risk a week’s worth of pay to win some big money. Check out our best bookmakers for betting on the Indy 500. This Sunday’s Indy 500 is no different because like all races there are some drivers and past winners that can absolutely win but have astronomical odds. So, let’s look at the five best bets for this year’s Indy 500. I will be looking at past champions with high odds as well as some new drivers to the sport who have experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway like Jimmy Johnson. The top five for the Indy 500 will be based on drivers that will pay out more than $100 on a $10 bet. When looking at the odds for auto racing you will see almost every driver has plus odds to win the race, which in gambling terms plus odds normally means you are an underdog. So essentially in a race like the Indy 500, all drivers are the underdog to win the race because of the unknowns that can happen. Scott Dixon is this year’s favorite for the Indy 500 and deservedly so, however with a race sometimes being decided by one pit stop over 500 miles the reward for betting $10 on Scott Dixon and winning the race is just not great enough for me.
Pato O’Ward is a relatively new driver in Indy car and has only been competing since 2018, however since that time yes managed to win three times and was the 2020 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year. O’Ward is + 900 to win.
Rinus Veekay is competing in only his second full-time season in IndyCar, however, he has shown enormous potential over the last two years and had great qualifying times for this year’s Indy 500. I think he can surprise a lot of people this weekend with a strong finish. Veekay is +1100 To win. Check out the top new sportsbooks for betting on the Indy 500!
Jimmie Johnson obviously has a ton of experience competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; however, this is his first Indy 500. With his great qualifying times, Jimmie Johnson has a handle on how to drive these Indy cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so don’t be surprised if Jimmie Johnson is in contention at the end of this race. Johnson is +1600 to win
Takuma Sato is a two-time Indy 500 winner and had great speeds in practice and qualifying this week. He is a proven champion and has a great deal of experience as a racecar driver. I am actually really surprised his odds are not better. Sato is + 1800 to win.
Helio Castroneves is one of only four people to win the Indianapolis 500 four times. Castroneves looks to be the only five-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday. Although his speeds during qualifying and practice were not that great compared to the rest of the field, you cannot discount Castroneves as he has already cemented himself as one of the best Indy racecar drivers of all time and has proven to be able to win the Indy 500. Do not be surprised to see him take home his fifth Indy 500 win this Sunday. Castroneves is +2800 to win.