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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.




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Rubens Barrichello wins the Chase Rookie of the Year Award at the 2012 IndyCar Indy 500 Race Awards Banquet in Indianapolis on May 28. (c) 2012, Phillip G. Abbott. LAT Photo USA. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Rubens Barrichello with his Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. (Photo Credit: Rubens Barrichello/Twitter)
Race winner Dario Franchitti gets a standing ovation at the 2012 IndyCar Indy 500 Race Awards Banquet in Indianapolis on May 28. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. LAT Photo USA. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
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Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
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The confetti flies as Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Tony Kanaan raise their trophies in Victory Lane (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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JJJ - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 3:03 PM

So the payout structure is kinda like a poker tournament where everyone who makes it to the grid is in the money and the top 3 get the real payouts. I would very much like to know how much it does cost to get a car into the race. I imagine for this year it would have been quite costly, but in the future more of these new chassis will be built and just like with the old one you'll be able to lease one with an engine deal just for one race...Also, they're probably going to race this chassis for years to come so unlike F1 if you buy the car you can race it multiple years... It's actually a pretty cool aspect of US racing.



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