- Spaniard Fernando Alonso missing Formula One’s Monaco GP for a crack at Glory at Indianapolis
- Former winner and pole sitter Scott Dixon favourite for the race
Sunday is shaping up to be an exceptional day for motorsport fans with the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix occurring earlier in the day before things kick off Stateside for one of the world’s most famous sporting events- the Indy 500.
Fernando Alonso is the headline act at this weekend’s Indy 500 after the two-time F1 World Champion opted to skip the Monaco GP in a bid to crack America and win it’s most famous race.
Alonso, 35 has made no secret of his desire to complete motorsports triple crown of winning the Monaco GP, The Le Mans 24 hr race and the Indy 500.
The Monaco GP has been checked off the list and now Alonso has a real chance to add the Indy 500 to his tally especially after a strong performance in qualifying which saw his car, the McLaren Honda Andretti, qualify fifth for Sunday’s showpiece.
Pole sitter Scott Dixon is chasing a second Indy 500 win to go with his 2008 win. The Kiwi was in fine form in qualifying and nicked a front spot for Sunday’s rolling start with an average speed of 232.164mph.
The experienced Dixon heads the betting for the race at +600 after securing his third career Indy 500 pole.
Another veteran of the Indy Car series is Brazilian Tony Kanaan. Despite being in his forties, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver finally broke his Indy 500 duck in 2013 and would be a popular winner.
Kanaan has had over 15 years in the IRL and Sunday’s showpiece could be where Kanaan’s experience and knowledge of oval racing comes to the fore. Kanaan is +1200 to be drinking the traditional milk come the chequered flag.
25-year-old Alexander Rossi stunned the racing world last year to win the 100th Indy 500. The defending champion has qualified well and sneaked a front row slot in third with an average speed of 231.487mph.
Rossi is seeking to become only the sixth driver in the history of the race to claim back to back victories and can be backed anywhere between +1415 to +2080 to make it happen.
Brit Pippa Mann is the soul female representative taking part in this year’s Indy 500. The one-time race winner in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship.
After qualifying 28th, few hold much hope for Mann to become the first female winner of the race but remember Scott Dixon won in 2008 from the back of the grid.
It would appear many US facing betting sites are not putting up odds on a Mann victory, though some UK bookmakers are putting her at +25000, or 250-1, suggesting a victory for the Brit would be a huge shock.
Formula One is well represented in this year’s race. No fewer than five of the 33 qualified drivers have taken some part in an official F1 Grand Prix weekend.
British driver Max Chilton took part in 35 Grand Prixs for the Marussia F1 team without scoring a point but makes his 26th Indy Car race start this weekend at Indianapolis.
It may be an outside bet but you can get Chilton at +6000 for a career-changing win.
Odds correct at time of writing.
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