All you need to know about winning the Poll at Indy
This is the biggest weekend thus far at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is the weekend that will decide who is on the poll for next week’s 98th running of Indianapolis 500. Making that front row, is both important and gives the drivers as well as their race teams bragging rights.
ABC will have the action today starting at 4 p.m. ET and on Sunday the action will begin at 1 p.m.
Watching the Indy 500 qualifying can be both exciting and a bit confusing. That said, it is way more interesting especially on Sunday when drivers who have qualified in the final few spots can be bumped out of the race.
Juan Montoya, has returned to the IndyCar scene and the odds people in Las Vegas like his chances. He is at 6-1 making him the early favorite. Another NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch (20-to-1) will attempt to participate in both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte on the same day. That storyline will help bring a large part of NASCAR Nation to the race on TV and drive up the ratings as well as the Vegas odds.
The Las Vegas, odds makers have seen the shift away from the Indy 500 and over to the Daytona 500, as IndyCar has lost a great deal of fans to NASCAR. In 1995, the cash handled on the Indy 500 at Las Vegas sports books rivaled the Daytona 500 as being the most wagered upon auto racing event of the year.
However, the past couple of seasons all 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup races drew more action to the bet windows than the Indy 500. That’s kind of a big deal, but Busch and Montoya definitely make this year’s Indy race more appealing.
New Zealand’s Scott Dixon (8-to-1), winner of the 2008 Indy 500, is the only other driver posted at less than double digit odds. However, two of his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates — Tony Kanaan and Ryan Briscoe — are listed next at 10-to-1. Kanaan won it last season driving for KV Racing Technology, giving Brazil seven wins among four drivers, which is one win behind the United Kingdom for most in a race history that dates back to 1911. Penske’s Will Power, who won the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg and leads the series in points, is also 10-to-1.
Ryan Hunter-Reay is second in points and won last week in the Grand Prix of Alabama. He’s part of the Andretti gang and is set at 12-to-1 odds. After him, the odds shoot all the way to 20-to-1 with his new teammate Busch. The power teams are the drivers you want to pay the attention to the most, although Kanaan proved last season that a team other than Penske, Ganassi or Andretti can win.
Here is what you should know about getting into the Indy 500.
All you need to know about winning the Poll at Indy by James Williams