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Breaking down odds heading into Sunday’s Indy 500

We go over the odds on Sunday morning for the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 NTT Indy Car Series driver and pole sitter Scott Dixon poses for a photo during the front row photo shoot for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UPDATE: As of race day, Scott Dixon has improved to +325 to win, and is a sizable favorite over Colton Herta (+850). DraftKings Sportsbook published betting splits for the race and Dixon leads the way with 15% of handle and 10% of bets. He’s followed by Alexander Rossi (+1300) who is getting 10% and 9%, respectively. Ed Carpenter (+2200) follows at 7% of each, then Herta at 7% and 6%, and defending champ Takuma Sato (+1800) with 6% and 4%.

The Indianapolis 500 is back to normal in 2021! A year removed from getting bumped to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race is back to running Memorial Day weekend. The green flag drops at 12:45 p.m. ET and will air on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and stream on Peacock Premium.

The starting lineup is set for the race, having been settled during qualifying this past Sunday. Scott Dixon claimed the pole and will be joined on the front row by Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay. They’ll be followed on the second row by Ed Carpenter, Tony Kanaan, and Alex Palou.

Dixon is the favorite in this year’s race, installed by DraftKings Sportsbook at +350. He won the race in 2008 and finished second last year after leading a race-high 111 laps. He has eight top-five finishes at the Indy 500 dating back to 2003. He’s followed by Colton Herta (+700), Patricio O’Ward (+1000), and Josef Newgarden, Alex Palou, and Alexander Rossi (all at +1400). Last year’s champ, Takuma Sato, is installed at +2000 and will be starting on the 5th row.

Here are the odds for all the drivers competing in Sunday’s Indy 500 race.

2021 Indy 500, opening odds

Driver Odds Top 3 Top 5 Top 10
Driver Odds Top 3 Top 5 Top 10
Scott Dixon +350 +120 -177 -420
Colton Herta +700 +200 +110 -220
Patricio O'Ward +1000 +300 +150 -155
Josef Newgarden +1400 +400 +200 -122
Alex Palou +1400 +400 +200 -122
Alexander Rossi +1400 +400 +200 -122
Tony Kanaan +1600 +450 +225 -112
Rinus VeeKay +1600 +450 +225 -112
Graham Rahal +1800 +500 +250 -106
Marcus Ericsson +2000 +550 +275 +105
Takuma Sato +2000 +550 +275 +105
Ryan Hunter-Reay +2200 +600 +300 +110
Simon Pagenaud +2200 +600 +300 +110
Ed Carpenter +2500 +650 +350 +120
Will Power +2500 +650 +350 +120
Hélio Castroneves +3000 +800 +400 +140
Scott McLaughlin +3300 +900 +450 +155
Juan Pablo Montoya +3300 +900 +450 +155
Marco Andretti +5000 +1200 +650 +210
Conor Daly +5000 +1200 +650 +210
Santino Ferrucci +5000 +1200 +650 +120
Felix Rosenqvist +5000 +1200 +650 +210
James Hinchcliffe +6000 +1500 +800 +230
Ed Jones +6000 +1500 +800 +230
Jack Harvey +6600 +1600 +850 +240
Sebastien Bourdais +10000 +2500 +1400 +350
Sage Karam +10000 +2500 +1400 +350
Pietro Fittipaldi +15000 +3500 +2000 +500
Stefan Wilson +15000 +3500 +2000 +500
J.R. Hildebrand +20000 +5000 +2500 +650
Max Chilton +50000 +12500 +6600 +1200
Dalton Kellett +50000 +12500 +6600 +1200
Simona de Silvestro +50000 +12500 +6600 +1200