How do you like them odds?

Updated: May 23, 2009, 12:30 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- When the cars, tires and engines all are theoretically identical, what produces a winner in the Indianapolis 500?

It takes a fast, physically fit driver who communicates well with engineers to get the most out of the Dallara/Honda/Firestone spec package in every conceivable weather condition.

It takes a team that makes the right strategy calls over the course of 500 miles and roughly three hours, and executes up to 10 pit stops with split-second perfection.

And ...

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