Walsh: The Best Driver Matchup to Bet for the Indy 500


Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: IndyCar series driver Scott Dixon

May 26, 2019, 06:18 AM EDT
  • The 2019 Indy 500 will go green on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET (NBC).
  • Based on Friday's Carb Day practice, here's one driver matchup offering value for the Indy 500.

Drivers have spent the past two weeks practicing and qualifying for the 2019 Indy 500, including Friday’s Carb Day final practice. With practice in the books and the starting lineup set, the only thing left is the 103rd running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

For IndyCar teams, this means it’s time to get in those final changes to the racecars to ensure they’re ready for Sunday’s race.

For bettors, it means it’s time to finish off our Indy 500 betting cards and lock in as much value as possible before the race goes green.

When betting futures, the only goal is to find drivers capable of winning the race, or those whose odds are undervalued by the betting market.

However, when analyzing driver matchups, there is not only value in handicapping which drivers will be fast, but also determining which drivers may struggle and are therefore overvalued by current market prices.

Savvy bettors can then successfully fade (bet against) these drivers in head-to-head matchups.

After analyzing Carb Day practice, one driver popped in terms of who I want to fade in the Indy 500. Not only is this driver among the favorites, but he’s also a former winner of this race, making him a prime candidate for fade value.

Now that Indy 500 driver matchups are available at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, here’s how I’m taking advantage right now.

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