Scott Dixon still Indy 500 PointsBet favorite as odds shift

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Scott Dixon opened as the early line favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to win the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 30, 2021 (11 a.m. ET, NBC), and after winning the pole his betting line lost 220 points.

Dixon’s opening line of +600 made him a slight favorite over Josef Newgarden at +700, but after qualification the gap widened significantly.

With his fourth Indy 500 pole and a 2008 victory to his credit, Dixon’s new line is +380. If he continues to show speed in final practice, that line could move again. In addition to his ’08 win, Dixon finished second last year and has top-fives in three of his last six Indy 500s.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment for Dixon this week is $3.80. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

His starting position also impacted Newgarden. He opened as the second favorite at +700, but after qualifying 15th he fell to the sixth slot at +1600. Newgarden was the fastest Team Penske driver in time trials as the organization struggled to find a good four-lap speed.

In part because of his second-place qualification effort, Colton Herta became the second favored driver. His current odds are +725.

No other driver is listed at better than 10/1.

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Pato O’Ward opened at +750 and had 250 points added to his line after a 12th-place qualification effort. Last year he finished sixth in the race after starting 15th.

Alexander Rossi is ranked fourth with +1300 odds. Rossi had a four-race, top-10 streak going until last year when he retired on Lap 143 with crash damage.

Alex Palou rounds out the top five at +1400. Palou starts one position better in 2021 than he did last year. After starting seventh, he crashed and retired on Lap 121 in the 104th Indy 500.

Penske teammates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud experienced extreme line movements after their problems in qualification. Both drivers opened at +1000 and has +1500 added their payout to land at +2500. Pagenaud qualified 26th. Dixon starts on the inside of the last row in 32nd.

Both drivers finished outside the top 10 in last year’s edition of this race with Power 14th and Pagenaud two laps off the pace in 22nd.

The final driver on the front row also had points deducted from his line. Rinus Veekay opened at +2500 and is currently available at +1800.

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IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change