Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato drove to a well-deserved win in Sunday’s running of the Indianapolis 500 and will forever have his likeness engraved into the Borg Warner Trophy – but he received a lot more than a trophy and bragging rights for his big win.
Sato earned $2,458,129 from an overall purse of $13,178,359 for his victory Sunday. Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves, who Sato beat to the finish by just .2011 of a second, took home a prize of $770,629. Rookie Ed Jones, who turned in a spectacular performance to bring his Dale Coyne Racing Honda home in third, won $535,629.
There’s lots of money on the table at Indy, so it’s not just the podium finishers that get a significant injection of cash into their checking accounts. Max Chilton, who led a race-high 50 laps Sunday and came home fourth, won $484,129, while Tony Kanaan rounded out the top five with $438,129. Pole-sitter Scott Dixon, who retired from the race after suffering a heavy crash early on, earned $446,629.
Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso, who ran near the front of the pack for much of the day before suffering a heartbreaking engine failure, earned $305,805 for his efforts and an additional $50,000 for taking ‘Sunoco Rookie of the Year’ honors. Alonso also qualified fifth, the best result of any Indy rookie, and led 27 laps.