Pop Off Valve and More Front Wing face off in Indy 500 charity betting pool

Is Rubens Barrichello going to be the 2012 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year? Dale Nixon hopes so. (PHOTO: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE)
Last year, Paul Dalbey of www.MoreFrontWing.com and I returned to our annual media center race morning pow-wow to establish the fun betting lines for the Indy 500, with Paul taking a late victory when I inexplicably met the turn four wall late in the day. This year, I will bring more focus and less Jaegermeister-induced haze to the festivities, with the goal of returning bragging rights to the www.PopOffValve.com offices, with a donation to Racing for Cancer on the line.
Below is the 2012 3rd Annual 33-Bet Indy 500 field:
1. Winner: Paul – Ryan Briscoe, Dale – Will Power (in a late charge will pass one of his teammates for the win)
2. Rookie of the Year: Paul – Newgarden, Dale – Rubens
3. Hardest Charger (most spots gained): Paul – Carpenter, Dale – Wade “Cat Power” Cunningham
4. Leader at 100 laps: Paul – Will Power, Dale – JR Hildebrand
5. Most laps led: Paul – Will Power, Dale – Ryan Briscoe
6. Highest finishing female: Paul – Ana Beatriz , Dale – Ana Beatriz
7. First in class (highest non-Penske or Ganassi): Paul – Ryan Hunter-Reay , Dale – Marco Andretti
8. Fastest race lap (driver): Paul – James Hinchcliffe , Dale – Alex Tagliani
9. First pass on lap 3: Paul – Franchitti, Dale – Marco
10. Highest finishing American: Paul – Hunter-Reay , Dale – Marco Andretti (can it be? after years of picking against Marco will he turn the proverbial corner?)
11. Highest finishing former full-season Firestone Indy Lights alum: Paul – Newgarden, Dale – Hinchcliffe
12. First driver black-flagged for blocking: Paul – Dixon, Dale – Jean Alesi
13. First post-race tweet (can occur while race still running): Paul – Simona, Dale – Sebastian Saavedra
14. First to white-wall turn 4: Paul – Viso , Dale – Tony Kanaan
15. First to stall on pit lane: Paul – Rubens, Dale – Legge
16. First rookie out of race: Paul – Alesi, Dale – Alesi (and our last view of Jean will be a string of French and Italian expletives)
17. First woman out of race: Paul – Simona, Dale – Legge
18. First running car to be lapped: Paul – Alesi, Dale – Alesi (could it be in the first five laps? is that theoretically possible?)
19. First mechanical out of race: Paul – Jakes, Dale – Conway
20. First crash out of race: Paul – Conway, Dale – Saavedra
21. : Will either Lotus finish the race? Paul –No , Dale – No (Gotta feel for Simona, as this season will probably derail her IndyCar career)
22. “Overly Optimistic” move of the race: Paul – Servia, Dale – Ed Carpenter (a frustrating month can still get worse)
OVER/UNDER
23. Average winning speed – 153.651 mph (avg since 2005): Paul – over, Dale – under
24. Margain of victory – 1.5 sec: Paul – under, Dale – under
25. Number of cautions – 7.5: Paul – under, Dale – over (track conditions and lack of practice will make a long afternoon)
26. First caution lap – Lap 13.5: Paul – over, Dale – under
27. Laps led by Penske & Ganassi (combined incl. Kimball & Rahal) – 165: Paul – under, Dale – under (Hondas will fare better in the race, but Chevy has a 30 hp advantage)
28. Number of green-flag pit stops by leader – 2.5: Paul – under, Dale – over
29. Number passed by Kanaan on lap 1 – 4.5: Paul – under, Dale – under (TK’s in-car on lap one is usually mandatory viewing, but this year he’s got fast guys in front of him)
30. Number of Penske/Ganassi cars finishing in top-10 (incl. Rahal & Kimball) – 4.5: Paul – under, Dale – under
31. Number of crashes by KV Racing Technologies Drivers – 1.5: Paul – under, Dale – under
32. Number of cars impacted by contact with Helio Castroneves – 2.5: Paul – under, Dale – over
33. Number of laps completed by Sebastien Bourdais – 74.5: Paul – over, Dale – under
TIE-BREAKER
Number of Americans finishing in top-10: Paul – 4, Dale – 3

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