IndyCar: Full championship odds revealed with surprising co-favorites

Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing, IndyCar (Photo Credit: Detroit Free Press)
Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing, IndyCar (Photo Credit: Detroit Free Press) /

Amid a three-week break between the 17-race 2022 season’s eighth and ninth IndyCar races, a full list of odds to win the championship has been revealed.

The 2022 IndyCar season is in the midst of a three-week break, prior to a 36-day stretch featuring six of its final nine races.

Eight of the 17 races on the schedule have been contested, and with the 106th running of the Indy 500 having been a double points race, the season is effectively at the halfway point following the race at Road America two Sundays ago.

The official halfway point of season is slated to take place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, two Sundays from now.

It is quite rare that you can find full championship odds for America’s premier open-wheel racing series listed by a sportsbook. However, WynnBET has you covered.

Here are the current odds for each of the sport’s 25 full-time drivers to win the 2022 championship.

NOTE: +350 means a successful $100 bet wins $350.

  • Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP: +350
  • Will Power, Team Penske: +350
  • Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing: +375
  • Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing: +425
  • Josef Newgarden, Team Penske: +650
  • Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing: +750
  • Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport: +1400
  • Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske: +1750
  • Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport: +2500
  • Conor Daly, Ed Carpenter Racing: +4000
  • Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport: +4000
  • Simon Pagenaud, Meyer Shank Racing: +4000
  • Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP: +4000
  • Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing: +4000
  • Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing: +10000
  • David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports: +10000
  • Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: +10000
  • Takuma Sato, Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing: +10000
  • Jack Harvey, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: +15000
  • Callum Ilott, Juncos Hollinger Racing: +15000
  • Kyle Kirkwood, A.J. Foyt Enterprises: +15000
  • Christian Lundgaard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: +15000
  • Devlin DeFrancesco, Andretti Autosport: +20000
  • Jimmie Johnson, Chip Ganassi Racing: +20000
  • Dalton Kellett, A.J. Foyt Enterprises: +20000

Indy 500 champion Marcus Ericsson is the points leader, so the fact that he is only listed as the fourth favorite makes him one to watch, especially after all three drivers listed above him finished in 19th place or worse in the most recent race at Road America.

A 27-point lead (over Will Power) is also the largest we have seen for any points leader in the last six races.

Ericsson is also the highest Chip Ganassi Racing driver in the championship standings by a sizable 47-point gap over reigning champion Alex Palou, with Scott Dixon a further 22 points back.

Dixon and Palou have won the last two championships for Chip Ganassi’s team. Can the driver of the #8 Honda join his teammates and do the same in 2022?

All in all, +425 for Ericsson could be a bargain as he aims to become the first Indy 500 winner to win the championship since 2010.

Do Power (+350), who sits 27 points behind Ericsson, O’Ward (+350), who sits 45 points behind Ericsson, and Palou (+375), who sits 47 points behind Ericsson, really have a better chance to win the title than the 31-year-old Swede?

Another driver to keep an eye on is Josef Newgarden at +650. He is the only driver to win more than one race this season, and he has won three times, each time on a different type of course (oval, street course, road course).

Despite the fact that the driver of the #2 Chevrolet has just one top 12 finish in five other races, he sits in third place in the championship standings, just five points behind Power for second.

With a bit more consistency, preferably coupled with more wins, Newgarden should be considered a threat to win a third championship.

He has finished in the top two in the championship standings in four of the last five seasons, including in 2017 and 2019 when he won his first two titles, so the fact that his odds only make him the fifth favorite make him another one to watch.

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The next race on the 2022 IndyCar schedule is the Honda Indy 200, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 3. NBC is set to broadcast the race live from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.