Here are the auto racing betting odds to win the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 9th – the second event on the 2017 IndyCar Series calendar – for fans who like to bet on auto racing at SBG sportsbook. The open-wheel race will be held on Streets of Long Beach. How very Grand Theft Auto.
Will Power +400
Will ‘To’ Power was the 2014 IndyCar Series champion and, with Scott Dixon, the most successful road and street course race driver in the series’ history so far. Power started the 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Florida, not Russia – from pole but had to withdraw after 99 laps due to mechanical problems. The Australian has won the GP of LB twice before, in 2008 and 2012. Additionally, he finished 2nd in 2009 and 2014, and 3rd in 2010
Simon Pagenaud +400
The current reigning and defending IndyCar champion also won the 2016 Gran Prix of Long Beach (and came in second in 2012, 4th in 2015, and 5th in 2014). The French driver finished second in St. Petersburg for the second year in a row, behind compatriot Sébastien Bourdais.
Scott Dixon +500
The New Zealander is tied with Dario Franchitti for most IndyCar Series championships (4). Dixon had the fastest lap in St. Pete (1:02.0786 on lap 82) and finished 3rd. Dixon won in Long Beach in 2015 and came in second the following year.
Ed Jones +300
British rookie Ed ‘Not Too Tall’ Jones is the auto racing betting favourite to win on Sunday. Jones is well acquainted with the Long Beach circuit, where he won the Indy Lights Long Beach 100 in 2015. Jones closed out the top 10 in St. Pete.
Josef Newgarden +600
Newgarden finished 10th in St. Petersburg in his debut race with Team Penske. Additionally, he has had two top 10 finishes in Long Beach; 7th in 2015 and 10th in 2016. But the question people who bet on auto racing are asking is, is he Penske material?
Helio Castroneves +800
The Brazilian veteran finished just outside the top 5 in Florida. Castroneves has come close to winning the Long Beach Grand Prix lately, placing 3rd in 2016 and 2nd in 2015.
James Hinchcliffe +1200
The Canadian driver placed 9th in the St. Pete Grand Prix, and has finished in the top 4 in Long Beach twice; in 2011 (4th) and 2012 (3rd). Also, Hinchcliffe was a runner up in Dancing with the Stars in 2016, so that’ll surely come in handy out there in the race tracks.
Tony Kanaan +1200
Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho’s best days – for example when he completed 3,305 laps on his way to becoming the 2004 IndyCar champion – are probably behind him, but fans who bet on racing should not count him out. Or should they?
The 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner and driver standings leader doesn’t have the best auto racing odds to repeat his success in Long Beach. Perhaps because he doesn’t have the best track record there; his best finish was 6th place in 2015.