Indy 500 – Drivers Start Your Engines

05/24/12 8:19 PM

Are you ready to experience the incredible power and skill that The Greatest Spectacle in Racing demands from its winners? The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when the 500 mile race known as The Indy 500, or simply The 500, is run. How serious of a racing event is it? It takes place annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway located in Speedway, Indiana. That’s right, the town was renamed after the racing tradition that the Indy 500 has been delivering for so many years.

Known as one of the three legs of the unofficial Triple Crown of racing which also includes the 24 Hours of LeMans races and the Monaco Grand Prix, this open wheel IndyCar event is so well respected and revered among race car drivers worldwide that even some NASCAR stock car drivers enter. Every year The Greatest Spectacle in Racing delivers some of the most thrilling racing highlights, as well as some huge opportunities to cash in big on the Vegas Odds on Indy 500 winner.

About The Indianapolis 500 Race

With an official seating capacity listed as 257,000, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway bursts to overflowing with more than 400,000 in attendance after the infield has been crammed with anxious race fans. And though this is one of the official IndyCar races of the season, drivers from all around the world attempt to qualify for the honor of racing in what is arguably the most important international race of the year. Some NASCAR drivers even drive the Indianapolis 500 in the morning, and then fly to Charlotte, North Carolina to race in their NASCAR sponsored Coca-Cola 600.

That’s how important this race is. And should any talented driver win both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 this Memorial Day Sunday, Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith will pay a whopping $20 million bonus for that accomplishment. No driver has yet to win this life-changing proposition bonus, and only NASCAR’s Tony Stewart in 2001 has ever completed both of those races the same day.

While NASCAR is not heavily represented this year, all of the top IndyCar drivers are in the mix to win open wheel racing’s most coveted title. Qualifying for this exciting race is known as Bump Day, and this year history was made as the closest pole duel ever for an Indianapolis 500 saw Roger Penske’s strategy trump Michael Andretti’s by a mere 9.168 inches. Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe sits on pole position with a four lap average of 226.484 miles per hour, and is definitely a Vegas odds on favorite for this year’s Indy 500 race. Marco Andretti, grandson of Hall of Fame Indy Car driver Mario Andretti, posted the quickest track time on Fast Friday, and qualified in the 4th spot.

2012 Vegas odds on the Indianapolis 500 also show open wheel drivers Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Will Power as all solid chances to hoist the traditional winner’s drink of milk when the race is all said and done. Castroneves has won the Indy 500 three times, Franchitti has claimed two Indianapolis 500 titles, and Dixon won the race back in 2008. Will Power has never won the race, but he qualified fifth, already has three wins on the year and leads the IndyCar points race.

The Indianapolis 500 race is always an exciting event, and is well deserving of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing tagline. Come Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Vegas odds on Indy 500 competitors will produce some significant paydays for those fans who pick the winning driver. So check the latest up-to-date Vegas odds on the Indy 500 below, make a winning bet, and we’ll see you at the checkered flag.

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