Here's How Much Prize Money You'd Have If You Won The 2016 Indy 500

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The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 ended with Alexander Rossi—an IndyCar rookie—coming out of nowhere to take the win after a brilliant fuel-saving strategy. Rossi not only got a giant trophy, a big wreath, and a big jar of milk, but also a big wad of cash. Here’s how much he, and his competitors, made from the race.

This year’s Indy 500 was an exciting one with plenty of accidents, 54 lead changes, and 46 caution laps. After the three-hour ordeal, Alexander Rossi came out on front, and for that, he made more than $2.5 million (which includes $50,000 for the Rookie of the Year Award), which is more than three times as much as the second place finisher, Carlos Munoz.

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Here’s how much prize money the rest of the field raked in:

Table: IndyCar

The total purse of all earnings includes Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, as well as other special awards, and comes to a combined total of more than $13 million.

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