NASCAR is now the main series for gamblers looking at auto racing odds. Indy car betting has the same basic betting options that NASCAR and Formula One have. Indy car betting has the options for a driver to win a race and individual auto racing odds on matchups.
What may help make Indy car betting more popular is the series expansion into Japan and other areas around the world. What is hurting Indy car betting is that NASCAR and Formula One have better drivers, better races, and more exciting action. Last year in Indy car betting there were only 18 full-time teams that competed on a regular basis.
That is a far fewer number of teams than in NASCAR which routinely has 43 cars making the races each week. Indy car betting will suffer somewhat since some of the top name drivers have moved on to NASCAR. Sam Hornish Jr. and Dario Franchitti are the latest drivers to leave Indy Car racing.
The series does still have Danica Patrick but her appeal to Indy car betting fans is only the female aspect since she is a poor value on the auto racing odds board. Patrick has yet to win a race but continues to sport low auto racing odds. The good news for Indy car betting fans is that TV exposure increased because of Patrick.
Whether that continues in the future is another question. Indy car betting will always focus on the Indy 500 but there are 15 other races on the schedule for gamblers to consider. Those races oftentimes provide excellent value in Indy car betting since most gamblers will only look at the Indy 500 for their main auto racing bets.
Keep in mind that this season Sam Hornish Jr. will not race in the series, Ryan Briscoe will be a new driver for the Penske team. The Andretti team will still have four cars and three confirmed drivers in Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick. Dario Franchitti will race in NASCAR and be replaced by Hideki Mutoh.
Vitor Meira is expected to return this season and Alex Lloyd is expected to be a developmental driver for Chip Ganassi Racing.