29 May 2012
Dario nets $2.47m, Rubens wins rookie title
Dario Franchitti and his race-winning Ganassi team won nearly $2.5 million in prize money after coming home first in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Dario Franchitti netted a pay day of nearly $2.5 million dollars for himself and his team on Sunday after winning the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
As impressive as that sounds, the $2,474,280 that he won this year is actually still down a little on the amount he walked away with in 2010 for winning his second Indy 500 title, when he and the Ganassi team received $2,752,055. It's even a little short of the amount that 2011 Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon received for his upset win, which saw the Englishman receive $2,567,255.
But it's still a huge step forward on the amount that Franchitti won for his first Indy 500 win back in 2007 which saw him receive a comparatively paltry $1,645,233. In total, Franchitti's three Indy 500 titles have come with a $6,871,568 cash reward attached to them.
This year's money comes from an overall race prize purse of $13,285,815 that is split between the entrants depending on their performance in qualification, places made up during the race, laps led - and of course their final finishing position. How the funds are shared out between the driver and his team depends on their specific commercial arrangements and business deals.
Franchitti's team mate Scott Dixon will receive just over a million dollars for coming second, making it a very lucrative pay day for Ganassi as a whole, while third place Tony Kanaan takes away just over six hundred thousand dollars for his efforts.
Takuma Sato - who was neck-and-neck with Franchitti going into the last lap of the race before spinning out and crashing in turn 1 - gets $301,755 after finishing in 17th place in the official standings.
And despite ending up dead last after being black flagged for insufficient speed just ten laps into the race, Jean Alesi and his Fan Force United scratch team still find it worthwhile being at Indianapolis to the tune of $251,555. That was just $57,375 less than Helio Castroneves ($308,930), whose quiet run to 10th place did relatively little to hit the money-paying points in IndyCar's complex payment matrix system for dividing the prize money.
By contrast, Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Oriol Servia receives $443,430 after climbing 23 spots from his 27th starting position to finish in fourth place, more positions gained during the race than any other driver on Sunday.
Alesi's fellow former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello takes away $331,080 and also receives the Chase Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award as the highest-placed rookie after his 11th place finish in the race.
Rookie of the Year
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