Who will win the Indy 500 in 2022? Odds, expert picks & betting favorites for race at Indianapolis
Can Helio Castroneves make history at the 2022 Indy 500? He is seeking to become the lone driver in history to win the race five times. He took home a surprising victory in 2021 and will look to repeat that success in 2022.
That won’t prove easy. Castroneves is starting the race in 27th place out of 33 drivers and will face a stacked field full of former winners of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” That includes Scott Dixon, who had the fastest car not only at qualifying this year but at any point in the history of the race.
Because of the unpredictable nature of racing, there are plenty of mid-tier value picks and sleepers that bettors can trust in the 2022 Indy 500. There are also a couple of favorites that look poised to serve as safe, reliable top-five finishers in the event.
Which drivers are the best bet for the 2022 Indianapolis 500? The Sporting News has the latest Vegas odds breakdown as well as three picks who could take the checkered flag at the end of Sunday’s race.
MORE: Full qualifying results for the 2022 Indy 500
Indy 500 odds to win 2022 race
For the third consecutive year, Scott Dixon (+550) opens as the favorite to win the Indy 500. Dixon finished first in qualifying and will be the pole-sitter for the race after he clocked an average lap speed of 234.046 mph during the race. That was 0.5 mph faster than his teammate, Alex Palou (+600).
Speaking of Palou, he is the favored to be the runner-up in the event while Pato O’Ward (+900) is the only other driver with better than 10-1 odds to win the race. Last year’s winner Helio Castroneves (+2800) ranks middle of the pack despite his four previous victories in the Indy 500.
Another notable name within the field, Jimmie Johnson (+1600), is tied for the eighth-shortest odds to win the race. Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, is in his first season as a full-time Indy car driver with Chip Ganassi Racing.
This will be Johnson’s first time running the Indy 500 and just his second-time running a race on an oval track in the Indycar series. He ran his first oval course at the Texas Grand Prix in March and finished sixth, easily his best Indycar series finish. He will look to repeat that success in Indianapolis.
Indy 500 expert picks
Below are three drivers that are good to bet on as winners or top-five finishers at the Indy 500 in 2022.
Scott Dixon (+550)
It may be a bit square to pick a favorite who happens to be the pole-sitter for this race, but Dixon is a safe bet to contend for the Indy 500 title. His car is in excellent shape, as he made the fastest pole run in Indy 500 history by driving it 234.046 mph during qualifying.
Beyond that, Dixon has a lot of experience at the Indy 500. This will mark the 20th time he has participated in the race and he has finished in the top 10 on 11 occasions. In his four previous races from the pole, his results have been mixed, but he earned his lone Indy 500 race from the pole and finished fourth on another occasion. So, if he has a clean run, he should be among the leaders during the race.
Dixon has run five races this season and has finished top 10 in all of them. He has yet to win or finish above fifth, but he’s one of the best and most consistent drivers in the field. It’s hard to recommend going against him at a track where he has so much experience.
Will Power (+1400)
Power qualified in just 11th place for the Indy 500. That will mark his second-worst starting position of the year, but it shouldn’t matter for the New Zealander. He has been the most consistent driver in the IndyCar series this year and currently sits atop the standings for the sport.
Power has finished third or fourth in each of his five races this year. He has generally started in the top seven — with one pole to his name — but even in the one race that he started from the 19th slot, he worked his way up to fourth place. He could do something similar at the Indy 500.