The Greatest Spectacle in Race Betting - 2011 Edition

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 22: Polesitter Alex Tagliani of Canada, driver of the #77 Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda, poses on the finish line alongside Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda, and Oriol Servia of Spain, driver of the #2 Telemundo Newman/Hass Racing Dallara Honda, after qualifying on the front row for the Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Continuing the tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, my colleague Paul Dalbey from and I have come up with a brilliant idea - betting on the Indy 500. Super Bowl-style, no-holds-barred sports betting. 

We've devised a list of 33 Sports Wagers related to the Indy 500. Hey, if the Super Bowl can have it (can I type Super Bowl without someone suing?), why can't's the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, let's also make it the Greatest Spectacle in Race Betting.


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Here are our Second Annual 2011 33-Bet Indy 500 Field, feel free to post your own picks in the comments section.

1. Winner - Dario Franchitti (DN); Oriol Servia (PD)
2. Rookie of the Year - James Hinchcliffe (DN); JR Hildebrand (PD)
3. Hardest Charger - Ryan Hunter-Reay (DN); same (PD)
4. Halfway Leader - Dan Wheldon (DN); Will Power (PD)
5. Most Laps Led - Dario Franchitti (DN); Scott Dixon (PD)
6. Highest Finishing Female - Simona DeSilvestro (DN); Danica Patrick (PD)
7. First In Class (Highest Finishing non-Penske/Ganassi Car) – Dan Wheldon (DN); Oriol Servia (PD)
8. Fastest Race Lap - Buddy Rice (DN); Dario Franchitti (PD)
9. First Pass on Lap 3 - Tomas Scheckter (DN); Ryan Briscoe (PD)
10. Highest Finishing American - Ed Carpenter (DN); Townsend Bell (PD)
11. Highest Finishing Full Season Firestone IndyLights Alum - James Hincliffe (DN): JR Hildebrand (PD)
12. First Driver Black Flagged for Blocking - Townsend Bell (DN); Tomas Scheckter (PD)
13. First Post-Race Tweet (can be DURING the race) - Helio Castroneves (DN); Graham Rahal (PD)
14. First Driver to Whitewall Out of Turn 4 - Graham Rahal (DN); EJ Viso (PD)
15. First Stall on Pit Lane - Ana Beatriz (DN); Pippa Mann (PD)
16. First Rookie Out of Race - Jay Howard (DN, PD)
17. First Woman Out of Race - Danica Patrick (DN); Ana Beatriz (PD)
18. First Running Driver to Be Lapped - Alex Lloyd (DN); Pippa Mann (PD)
19. First Mechanical Out - Davey Hamilton (DN); Alex Lloyd (PD)
20. First Driver in the Wall - Jay Howard (DN); (PD)
21. Danica's Position After Lap 10 - P19 (DN); P23 (PD)
22. Overly Optimistic Move of the Race - Paul Tracy (DN); Tony Kanaan (PD)

23. Average Winning Speed +/- 153.651 MPH (Under DN); (Over PD)
24. Margin of Victory +/- 1.5 seconds (Over DN); (Under PD)
25. Number of Cautions in Race +/- 7.5 (Over DN); (Under PD)
26. First Caution Lap +/- 13.5 laps (Under DN); (Under PD)
27. Penske & Ganassi Combined Laps Led (including Kimball and Rahal)  +/- 165 laps (Over DN; (Under PD)
28. Leaders Green Flag Pit Stops +/- 2.5 (Under DN); (Over PD)
29. Number of Passes by Tony Kanaan on Lap 1 +/- 4.5 (Over DN); (Under PD)
30. Number of Penske & Ganassi Cars in Top 10 (*including Rahal+Kimball) +/- 4.5 (Under DN); (Over PD)
31. Number of Crashes by KV Racing Drivers +/- 1.5 (Over DN); (Under PD)
32. Number of Other Cars Impacted by Contact with Helio (*can be caused by other driver) +/- 2.5 (Over DN; (Under PD)
33. Number of Laps Completed by Jay Howard +/- 74.5 (Under DN); (Over PD)


Number of Americans in the Top 10 (11 possible) – 3 (DN); 4 (PD)




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