Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Indy 500 odds shuffle in Las Vegas indicating wide open race

Juan Pablo Montoya is 10/1 to win his third Indy 500.
After one week of practice and qualifying sessions in preparation for Sunday's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the odds board at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has been drastically altered from what was posted last week.

Scott Dixon, winner of the 2008 Indy 500, remains the favorite to win, but his odds have been raised from 5-to-1 up to 7-to-1 because so many other drivers showed themselves capable of winning.

Team Penske is another group of drivers that had their odds raised. All four of them were listed at 8-to-1 or less last week, but two-time winner Juan Pablo Montoya (starts 17th) is now 10-to-1. Three-time winner Helio Castroneves is 12-to-1. Simon Pagenaud, winner of three of the five IndyCar races this season was raised from 8-to-1 to 12-to-1. Will Power has the best starting position on the team from the sixth slot and also was raised from 8-to-1 to 12-to-1.

So what gives? It wasn't like the Penske drivers were slow. They've won four races this season, albeit on street or road circuits, and a Chevy has won all five.

SuperBook manager Ed Salmons said he was impressed by the speed Honda showed, which is why he tightened the numbers on some and raised others, like Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, to balance out his theoretic hold percentage.

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