Indianapolis 500 Picks and Predictions

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 25, 2016 in

When the Indianapolis 500 takes off on Sunday afternoon, James Hinchcliffe (#5 car) will be in the pole position. He earned it with a qualifying speed of 230.76 miles per hour in the qualifying, just ahead of Josef Newgaraden (#21), who finished at 230.7. With the field of 33 set, there are a lot of interesting stories that will unfold as the miles fly by. Let’s take a look at some betting picks and predictions for this race.

Indianapolis 500 Picks and Predictions

When: Sunday, May 29, 2016, 12:00pm Eastern time
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis
Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network / XM Satellite Channel 145 / 209 / SIRIUS Channel 211 / 212
Live Stream: IndyCar Radio
Odds: TBA



Hinchcliffe makes for an interesting story, of course. Last year, he was watching the Indianapolis 500 from a hospital bed after nearly passing away in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway six days ahead of the big race. He was driving in a practice session last year when he spun and ran into the wall, and in the impact a fragment of the car went through his thigh. Luckily, IndyCar had a medical team standing by, which kept him from bleeding to death and got him to a hospital in time for surgery.

This year, Hinchcliffe won the pole position on the last run of a shootout among the nine qualifiers for the pole. In the third position, Ryan Hunter-Reay, will begin on the outside of the first row — and he was the winner in 2014. Alex Tagliani crashed during qualifying but was cleared to drive. Since he did not finish with a qualifying time, he will be placed in the last position on the 33-car grid. No one has started the Indy 500 without an official speed for qualification since 1924.

The 2015 winner, Juan Pablo Montoya, will be in the 17th position this year, but his qualifying saw an odd incident when his car drove over a trash bag. IndyCar permitted Montoya to run again, claiming responsibility for the debris, but he did not have a competitive pace.

So who are the favorites?

Well, Hinchcliffe is a sentimental favorite after his narrow brush with death last year. Also, holding the pole position is obviously a significant advantage. Montoya will have to be on the list to consider, as he will likely want redemption from the weird accident during his qualifying. Hunter-Reay is right on the edge of the first row, so you have to consider him in your list too.

Pay attention to the latest updates as you consider which picks and predictions to place your money on. One thing is for certain — 500 miles gives plenty of room for some shocks and surprises.