Auto fans, rev your engines. The 99th annual Indy 500 takes place this Sunday, May 24, live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
33 of the best drivers will compete in what is appropriately known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for the Borg-Warner Trophy and of course, an ice cold bottle of milk.
News For Shoppers has everything you need to know about the event, including the start time, free live streaming options and the odds for the top 3 drivers.
Start Time: 12 P.M. (EST) on ABC. There will also be a pre- race special, Pit Pass Live, streaming from 9:30-11 A.M. (EST) at www.indystar.com; the streaming is free and can be accessed from your PC, smartphone or tablet.
Pit Pass Live will be hosted by IndyStar Racing Insider Curt Cavin and feature exclusive behind-the-scenes images interviews from Gasoline Alley.
Free Live Streaming: Free live streaming is available on your PC, tablet or smartphone through the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s website.
ABC streaming is free, but you will need to sign-in using a participating cable provider to access the service.
Odds & Drivers To Watch:
It’s been a crazy week leading up to the race, with 4 accidents during practice runs, according to CBS News reporter Jim Axelrod. Three cars went airborne, which may indicate that the new superspeedway aero kits are the cause, but there is no official word as of now on why there have been more crashes than usual.
Needless to say, this unknown factor could make this the most volatile, unpredictable race to date. Here are the top 3 racers and their odds:
·Scott Dixon (Odds 9-2): Dixon won the 92nd Indy 500 back in 2008 from the pole position and will be starting from that spot again; he is also a 3-time Indy Car Series winner and recently placed 10th at the Angie’s List Grand Prix and 3rd at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Dixon is the odds-on favorite to win and is well aware that the new kits could be an unknown factor, telling MotorSports Talk’s Daniel McFadin that: “The cars are different, the style of racing is different. The race this weekend is going to be on the edge-of-your-seat stuff. The draft is fairly big, it’s going to be impossible to pull away from the field.”
·Helio Castroneves (Odds 13-2): Castroneves has an impressive three Indy 500 wins under his belt and placed 2nd here last year; he had 3 top-5 finishes this year and also sported the fastest lap of the day during Saturday’s practice (233.474 mph).
Castrovenes is at home on this track and, at 40, he appears to just be getting better with age. He was also one of the drivers to go airborne during practice runs- his ability to get back on the horse, as it were, makes him even more formidable and ups his odds of winning.
· Juan Pablo Montoya (Odds 11-2): Montoya is probably the most consistent racer this year, placing 1st in the 2015 IndyCar point standings and winning the first race of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida; he also has 4 top-5 finishes and won the Indy 500 back in 2000.
Predictions: This is a tight field, but I’m picking Castrovenes for the win. It’s his race to lose.
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