Hinchcliffe grabs pole, trails favorites on Indianapolis 500 odds


After surviving a life-threatening crash during a practice session prior to last year’s race, James Hinchcliffe hopes to make a victorious return to the Indianapolis 500 this weekend when he starts on the pole at +1200 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Hinchcliffe missed the final 11 races of 2015 after suffering serious leg injuries in last year’s crash, but has shown steady improvement in the five races this season leading up to Sunday afternoon’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 29-year-old Canadian had his best outing of the season earlier this month, finishing third at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis for which he sported +700 odds at the sportsbooks, and making his first podium appearance since winning at last year’s Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Currently sitting eighth in the IndyCar standings, Hinchcliffe has twice started second in the Indy 500 but has yet to capture the checkered flag, with his sixth-place finish two years ago currently his career best.

It has been a shaky start to the season for Will Power, who currently follows Hinchcliffe in the standings. Power opened the season with a strong third-place finish in Phoenix, but was a disappointing 19th in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

However, memories of the veteran’s second-place finish last year on Memorial Day weekend have helped lift him to the top of the odds to win the Indianapolis 500 as a +600 favorite.

Power is joined at the top of the odds by defending Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, and the current IndyCar standings leader Simon Pagenaud.

Last year’s win was the second of Montoya’s career, with his first coming back in 2000. The veteran opened his campaign with a win at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, paying out handsomely at +1000, and he followed up with a pair of top-five finishes.

Pagenaud rides a three-race win streak, including the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, but will be starting eighth on the grid this weekend and has never finished better than eighth in the Indy 500.

Reigning IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon is second in the standings, trailing Pagenaud by 76 points, and sits alongside three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves at a strong +650 to win the race this weekend.

Tony Kanaan follows at +900, ahead of Josef Newgarden, who joins Hinchcliffe at +1200, with Sebastien Bourdais at +1600, and both Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay at +2000.

2022 Indy 500: How to buy tickets, TV info/live stream information


From the field of 33 racing for glory to the epic infield party and making memories that will last a lifetime, come watch the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Click here to reserve your seat and buy tickets.

The 2022 Indy 500 takes place on Sunday, May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Our live coverage of the Indy 500 begins at 11:00 am ET on NBC and runs through 4:00 p.m. ET. Viewers can also stream the event on the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com.

RELATED: Indy 500 on NBC – How to watch, start times, live stream, schedule for race’s 106th running

See below for additional information on how to purchase tickets to the 2022 Indy 500.

RELATED: Viewers guide to IndyCar at Indianapolis

How to watch the 2022 Indy 500:

  • When: Sunday, May 29
  • Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
  • Time: Live coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Watch: NBC
  • Buy Tickets: Click here to buy tickets to attend.
  • Live Stream: NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com

How many fans will be allowed to attend the Indy 500?

For the first time in three years, the Indy 500 will be at full capacity with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions having been lifted. Last year, there were 135,000 fans permitted in the 230,000-seat grandstands.

The infield also has been reopened to fans. The Snake Pit festival will return on race day with a roster of EDM superstars in concert that includes Martin Garrix, Galantis, Steve Aoki and deadmau5.

For tickets to the Snake Pit festival, the Indy 500, the Carb Day Miller Lite concert or any practices and qualifying, click here to reserve a seat.

How many laps and how long is the Indy 500?

The race is 500 miles over 200 laps. Depending on the number of yellow flags, the Indy 500 typically takes about 3 hours to complete (give or take 30 minutes).

There will be no restrictions for this year’s event, which also will enjoy the Carb Day and prerace Snake Pit concerts that have been absent the past three years.

When is qualifying for the Indy 500?

The 33-car field for the Indy 500 will be set over the May 21-22 weekend before the race. Scott Dixon is the defending Indy 500 pole-sitter, qualifying first at the Brickyard for the fourth time in his career.

May 21: Practice, 9-10:30 a.m., Peacock Premium; Indy 500 qualifying, noon-5:50 p.m., Peacock Premium

May 22: Last Chance practice, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Peacock Premium; Top 12 practice, 12:30-2 p.m., Peacock Premium; Last Chance qualifying, 2-3 p.m., Peacock Premium; Top 12 qualifying, 4 p.m., NBC; Indy 500 Firestone Fast Six, 5:10 p.m., NBC.

Don’t miss any of the action, click here to find the find 2022 IndyCar schedule information, start times, highlights, videos, and more. 

2021 NTT IndyCar Series: How to watch the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

1 Comment

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season continues this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg taking place this Sunday, April 25 in Florida. Pre-race coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET on NBC. See below for additional information how to watch/live stream the event.

   RELATED: IndyCar results and points standings after the Grand Prix of Alabama season opener

Reigning and six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, two-time IndyCar champion and two-time defending Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner Josef Newgarden, 2019 Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, former Formula One racer Romain Grosjean, and last week’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner Alex Palou are just a few of the biggest stars competing this weekend. Click here to find the entry list for this weekend’s event.

Sunday’s race will be broadcast on NBC; all practice and qualifying sessions this season will be streamed live on Peacock Premium. See below for additional information on how to watch the race.

 RELATED: IndyCar race weekend schedule for the 2021 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg     

How to watch the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

  • Where: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • When: Sunday, April 25
  • Start Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch online or with the NBC Sports App

      RELATED: Indy 500 expected to have a crowd of 135,000 for May 30 race with face coverings required