Scott Dixon slight favorite in Indianapolis 500

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Recent history shows being the pole-sitter may not foreshadow who wins the Indianapolis 500, but being among the fastest in qualifying is essential to being the one who sips the milk in Victory Lane.

Scott Dixon, who had the fastest qualifying times since 1996 in open-wheel racing’s signature event, has both the pole and top odds to win the Indy 500 at +600 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. However, none of the last seven pole-sitters have gone on to win the race. Eleven of the last 14 champions, though, were in the Fast Nine, which is the name given to those who were in the group that earned the opportunity to fight for pole position.

The race takes place on Sunday.

Dixon has an Indy 500 win (in 2008) to his credit and has steadily been a top-five finisher in the IndyCar Series this season. There is more value to be had with Formula One convert Fernando Alonso (+800) and Will Power (+800), who will respectively start in Rows 2 and 3. Alonso, of course, has never handled an IndyCar among other drivers, but has impressed all month and was fifth-fastest in qualifying.

Power won the 2017 IndyCar Grand Prix at the same track on May 13, but is starting ninth. Neither Power nor any of the Team Penske drivers were impressive during qualifying, as teammates Helio Castroneves (+1000), Juan Pablo Montoya (+1200) and Josef Newgarden (+1500) are all starting well back in the field. Newgarden, who will start in Row 8, is one of the most consistent drivers in the series.

Owner-driver Ed Carpenter (+1500) and defending champion Alexander Rossi (+1500) will start in Row 1 with Dixon. Carpenter has had only one top-10 finish in his last seven attempts in this race, but certainly could be in contention. There has been a run on Rossi picks since he qualified third, as he was listed at +2900 before qualifying due to having finished no higher than fifth in any race since his unexpected win last Memorial Day weekend.

The rest of the fastest nine is rounded out by Marco Andretti (+1200) and Tony Kanaan (+1200), Takuma Sato (+1500) and JR Hildebrand (+3000). Picking Andretti at online gambling sites means going against the ‘Andretti curse,’ as the famed racing family is a combined one-for-71 in the race. Hildebrand is a one-time runner-up (2011) and was sixth in the 2016 race.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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