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Indy 500 2012 Odds: Ryan Briscoe Early Favorite Over Helio Castroneves

We're just two days away from the 96th Indianapolis 500, and pole sitter Ryan Briscoe is the current favorite to kiss the bricks and drink the milk. Briscoe captured the pole during qualifying with a speed of 226.484 and time of 02:38.9514 in his Dallara-Chevrolet. Helio Castroneves is right there behind Briscoe with the second best odds. He will start in the sixth position on Sunday after qualifying with a speed of 225.172. Last year's second place finisher J.R. Hildreband, who crashed in the final turn and was passed by the late Dan Wheldon, enters Memorial Day weekend as a longshot with 35/1 odds. The favorites heading into the weekend below:

Ryan Briscoe 15/4
Helio Castroneves 11/2
Will Power 6/1
James Hinchcliffe 17/2
Dario Franchitti 9/1

Visit OddsShark for the complete list of odds and head-to-head matchups.

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