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

Photo credit: Kurt Bradley
Photo credit: Kurt Bradley

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.

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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.

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

Table: IndyCar
Table: IndyCar
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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.

A tough job, but someone has to do it.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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SasquatchElvis
SasquatchElvis

I’ve been watching Alex’s career for a while now and I’m really happy to see his success! Congrats to him on the win. Hopefully this helps push him back into an F1 seat sooner than later.

Maybe Jalopnik could get him back for an AMA?