2021 Indianapolis 500 Odds and Predictions

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The premiere event of the IndyCar Series returns to its normal time over Memorial Day Weekend and spectators are allowed to witness the 105th running of the Indy 500. That’s a big change from last year when Takuma Sato won the race for the second time in his career with the grandstands void of fans and three months after the originally scheduled date. Things are getting back to normal and that means one of the best drivers sits atop the odds board. Scott Dixon is one of five different drivers to win an IndyCar Series race this season and looks to become a multiple Indy 500 winner as a big favorite on the opening odds board.

The Indianapolis 500 gets underway from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 12:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 30. The race will be televised live on NBC.

The Indy 500 gets underway from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 12:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 30. The race will be televised live on NBC.

Odds to win Indianapolis 500

Scott Dixon +325

Colton Herta +700

Josef Newgarden +1000

Pato O Ward +1000

Alexander Rossi +1200

Alex Palou +1400

Tony Kanaan +1400

Graham Rahal +1600

Rinus Veekay +1600

Takuma Sato +1600

Simon Pagenaud +2000

Marcus Ericsson +2200

Ed Carpenter +2500

Ryan Hunter Reay +2500

Helio Castroneves +2800

Will Power +2800

Juan Pablo Montoya +3300

Scott McLaughlin +3300

Santino Ferucci +4000

Conor Daly +5000

Felix Rosenqvist +5000

Jack Harvey +5000

Marco Andretti +5000

James Hinchcliffe +6600

Ed Jones +7000

Sebastien Bourdais +10000

Sage Karam +12500

(Odds provided by BookMaker.eu as of Friday, May 28 at 9:01 am E.T)

2021 Indy 500 Predictions

Scott Dixon won here in 2008 and has four other podium finishes, including a runner-up last year when he led for 111 of the 200 laps.

Scott Dixon +325

Dixon sits alone at the top of the odds list because he’s been one of the best drivers on the IndyCar series for some time. He’s won at least three races in each of the previous four seasons getting four victories three times in that stretch. He’s also one of five different drivers to take the checkered flag in five races this season. He also has a history at the Brickyard. He won here in 2008 and has four other podium finishes, including a runner-up last year when he led for 111 of the 200 laps.

Another advantage for Dixon is his starting spot. His scintillating practice runs yielded the pole position, and that’s a huge deal since format changes were made to make passing more difficult. The previous three winners of the Indy 500 all started from the front row with Sato prevailing last year from the outside of Row 1.

Herta won for the fourth time in his career last month in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg when he led for 97 of the 100 laps.

Colton Herta +700

Colton Herta checked in as the second favorite and is the only other driver with shorter than 10/1 odds on the opening line. Herta won for the fourth time in his career last month in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg when he led for 97 of the 100 laps. He hasn’t led in any other race and his best finish here in two starts is eighth. Starting position could play a role for Herta. He had the pole in St. Pete and got the No. 2 slot on Sunday. He obviously prefers racing from the front.

Rinus VeeKay won the last IndyCar Series race at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Rinus VeeKay +1600

The third driver in the front row is Rinus VeeKay, who won the last IndyCar Series race at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He’s had a lot of firsts at the Brickyard with his first top-5, first podium finish and first pole position. He’s looking to add another first to his collection and offers some value from his mid-tier slot on the odds board.

Starting from the front doesn’t guarantee a win. But you can almost count out the drivers on the back end since no one positioned higher than 28th on the grid has ever won. Sato surprised a lot of folks with his victory last year and he hasn’t moved up the odds board this time around. Sato could join select company with win becoming the 11th player with three Indy 500 titles. It’s been two decades since a back-to-back winner and Sato is positioned No. 15, two strikes against him.

Helio Castroneves is a three-time winner with his last in 2009.

Helio Castroneves +2800

And speaking of three-time winners, Helio Castroneves is one with his last in 2009. He’s undergone some changes to his crew and car making him a longshot. But if you like the veteran to rekindle the Brickyard magic he has a nice return. And he’s running out of time to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., and Rick Mears as the only four-time Indy 500 winners so he should race with a sense of urgency.

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