Indianapolis 500 Live : The biggest race of IndyCar season is nearly here, and the 103rd Indianapolis 500 has all the trappings of a classic in the making. Defending champion Will Power starts on the outside in the second row. It’s race day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s 103rd running of the Indy 500.
Ed Carpenter Racing has two drivers in the first row, Carpenter himself and Spencer Pigot. Marco Andretti and Helio Castroneves start further back but in striking distance in the fourth row.
Sunday is the most action-packed day of the year for motorsports fans. But perhaps the biggest event of the day goes at 12:45 p.m. ET with the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. The Indy 500 has produced eight different winners in the last eight years, and oddsmakers are projecting another anything-can-happen race, as 17 of the 33 drivers in the field are at 25-1 or lower 2019 Indianapolis 500 odds.
Five of those are in the single digits, including 7-1 co-favorites Will Power, who won the 2018 Indy 500, and Simon Pagenaud, who secured the pole position for the race at the Brickyard. Ed Carpenter, who will be in the No. 2 spot for the start of the race, is at 8-1, as are 2016 champion Alexander Rossi and IndyCar series points leader Josef Newgarden.
Rossi shocked the world as a rookie, winning the Indy 500 as an 80-1 long shot. Roberts, the nation’s premier auto racing betting expert, was all over Rossi from the start. In 2017, sportsbooks listed Takuma Sato as a 25-1 underdog, but Roberts was high on his speed during practice runs and listed him in the top 10 of his projected leaderboard.
Simon Pagenaud will lead the 2019 Indy 500 starting grid at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday as he seeks to become the first European driver in seven years to win the annual 200-lap showcase.
Team Penske star Josef Newgarden leads the IndyCar Series standings by eight points, but he hasn’t won a race since the first event of the season and was 15th in his last outing.
Troy Ruttman was 22 years and 80 days old when he won the Indy 500 in 1952 and still holds the record for youngest champion, but Herta could set the sport alight if he manages to smash that record on Sunday.