Thursday, May 25, 2006 Gears Up for Indy 500 with Odds on Andretti Duo, Danica and Other Drivers

The 90th Indianapolis 500 figures to be a test of youth versus experience, a duel of styles that can be summed up in one name: Andretti.

Michael Andretti, 43, has come out of a two-year retirement to drive against his 19-year-old son, Marco, in the most famous race in motor sports. The Bodog Sportsbook lists the elder Andretti as a 12/1 choice to wín his first Indy 500 while Marco is among the drivers in the Field (3/1) for the race on Sunday, May 28.

Among the other young drivers sure to test the veterans on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 24-year-old Danica Patrick, who will try again to become the first woman to wín the Indy 500. A fourth-place finisher as a rookie last year, Patrick is at 18/1 odds to take the checkered flag for the David Letterman/Bobby Rahal Racing Team.

The Bodog Sportsbook has listed two-time winner Helio Castroneves as the 7/2 favorite. Pole-sitter Sam Hornish Jr., who averaged 228.985 mph in four qualifying laps, is 4/1. Last year's wínner, Dan Wheldon of Britain, is 9/2.

"The Indy 500 is a piece of American sports history and like any major sporting event it attracts numerous bettors," says Calvin Ayre, Founder and CEO. "More so than in recent years, this race on Sunday has many fascinating storylines. A father-son combo, talented past champions, and of course Danica Patrick. They'll all have our attention when the race goes off."