Indy 500: Favorite Rossi tries to defy first-time winner trend

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Starting on the pole, starting inside the top five or being a past winner is no predictor of who will win the Indianapolis 500, and favorite Alexander Rossi is only one of those three things. Rossi, who won IndyCar’s showcase race in 2016, is the +800 favorite on the odds to win the 2018 Indianapolis 500 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Four of the last five editions of “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing,” which is scheduled for Sunday, have featured a first-time winner. The pole-sitter has not won in the last eight years and only twice in this span has the champion been in the first five cars on the starting grid at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Another wild card is that IndyCar has switched to a new aerodynamic package, which could lead to less passing. Rossi is starting in the 11th and final row, which might be a red flag about his chance of taking the checkered flag.

Nine of the top 11 racers in the grid will be in Chevrolets, so that might be a good place to start with narrowing down to a driver (or two). Three-time winner Helio Castroneves (+1000) is a solid second favorite on the Indianapolis 500 odds, but he is starting behind Penske teammates Simon Pagenaud (+1200), Josef Newgarden (+1000) and Will Power (+1000), who are respectively 2-3-4 on the grid after being among the Fast Nine from qualifying.

Power has the mantel of being the best driver on the circuit who has yet to win the Indianapolis 500 and many motorsports observers believe it is just a matter of when the 27-year-old Newgarden ends up drinking the celebratory milk in Victory Lane. Pagenaud, however, has never finished higher than eighth.

Pole-sitter Ed Carpenter (+1200) has not had a top-10 finish in 10 years, so it might be best to fade him in outright winner props. Sebastien Bourdais (+1200) has already achieved a victory by coming back strongly on the circuit after a crash at Indianapolis last year but winning has a too-good-to-be-true air.

If bettors want to go with a consistent veteran who offers a big payoff, Tony Kanaan (+1500) is a past winner who has finished in the top 10 eight times.

Danica Patrick (+2500) will start from Row 3 for the last race of her trailblazing career. While it is her first IndyCar race in seven years, the skew of practice time should offset the rust and give her a reasonable shot at a top-10 finish.

Among the high-risk, high-reward darkhorses, veteran Charlie Kimball (+3000) has two top-five finishes in the race to his name and, yes, he drives a Chevrolet. Another sleeper is Spencer Pigot (+4000), who is starting in Row 2 and had the sixth-fastest qualifying speed of the Fast Nine.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.

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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