Indianapolis 500 betting could be very exciting this year with the 2008 race being the first since the IRL/CC merger. Indianapolis 500 betting will give fans excellent options to consider before the big race begins.
Fans will want to tune in to the Indianapolis 500 early to see Julianne Hough who was the partner of two-time Indianapolis 500 betting winner Helio Castroneves in Dancing with the Stars. She will be singing the national anthem. Floyd Mayweather, Jr., another Dancing with the Stars competitor will wave the green flag.
Indianapolis 500 betting history shows that no driver has ever won the big race three straight years. Five drivers have won the race two years in a row: Wilbur Shaw (1939-40), Mauri Rose (1947-48), Bill Vukovich (1953-54), Al Unser (1970-71) and Helio Castroneves (2001-02).
Let’s get back to the big news for Indianapolis 500 betting and that is the merger between the Indy Racing League and the Champ Car World Series. This should make for a field in the Indianapolis 500 that has more than just a couple of contenders. Indianapolis 500 betting odds show that pole sitter Scott Dixon is the 3-1 favorite. He is followed in Indianapolis 500 betting odds by Dan Wheldon at 3-1. Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan are next at Indianapolis betting odds of 5-1 each. Marco Andretti is 8-1 and Danica Patrick is 9-1 in Indianapolis 500 betting odds. That makes six drivers that have Indianapolis 500 betting odds of less than 10-1. Ryan Briscoe is actually 10-1 so that makes seven drivers that are serious contenders to win the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
Perhaps the merge of the two racing leagues will increase the interest in the Indy 500 again. NASCAR has taken over as the auto racing king over the past decade but with a number of contenders and some interesting stories to follow, perhaps the Indy 500 will get back on the radar of auto racing fans.