2011 Indy 500 Picks & Predictions
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (The Spread) - It doesn't get any better than Memorial Day Weekend if you are a fan of auto racing.
And for those IRL fans out there, this Sunday brings us the 100th Indianapolis 500 from historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Though this race has lost most of it's prestige over the last few years, it’s still one of the few races that even non-racing fans have heard of and will watch Sunday morning.
Handicapping the IRL is really not very difficult. Once you get past the top teams, the drop off in talent and equipment is dramatic. That means the majority of the field has no real chance of contending, let alone winning a race as big and as pressure-packed as the Indianapolis 500. While a few drivers from smaller teams have gotten most of the hype this week, look for the top teams to have their cars ready to race come Sunday.
Castroneves has owned the Indy 500 during his time in this series. In 10 races at Indianapolis, he has won three times and leads all drivers with a amazing 6.4 average finish. Only once has he finished outside of the top 10, which was the result of a crash that wasn’t caused by him. Though he’s struggled at times this month and will be starting deep in the field, we look for him to be up front and in contention when it comes time to go.
Kanaan had issues finding a ride this year but now that he has one, he could surprise the field in a race that he has traditionally run well at. He’s just had some terrible luck. Kanaan has three top-5 finishes and four top-10s in his nine Indy 500 starts, and is probably the most accomplished driver in the field never to have won this event. The key to winning this race is taking care of your car and this is what Kanaan is known for, which makes him a threat to win at a very nice price.