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Franchitti earns $1.6 million from record Indianapolis 500 purse
Dario Franchitti earned $1,645,233 from a record purse of $10,668,815 for his victory May 27 in the 91st Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.  Photo courtesy of Honda

Franchitti became only the second Scotsman to win the Indianapolis 500 in an exciting, rain-shortened race. It was Franchitti's first victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," in his fifth start.

Franchitti's winnings and the total purse were announced May 28 during the Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His win in the No. 27 Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone gave Andretti Green Racing its second Indianapolis 500 victory in the past three years.

This year's event purse broke the record of $10,518,565 set in 2006. This is the sixth consecutive year the overall purse for the field of 33 drivers has exceeded $10 million. The event purse is comprised of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Racing League and sponsor awards, and other designated awards. Buddy Rice earned the record driver's payout of $1,761,740 in 2004.

Franchitti, a 34-year-old native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and resident of Nashville, Tenn., led three times for 34 laps and inherited the lead on Lap 155 when teammate Tony Kanaan pitted. A multi-car accident on the backstretch brought out the caution on Lap 163, and Franchitti crossed the Yard of Bricks beneath the yellow and checkered flag on Lap 166 in a heavy downpour.

The race featured 23 lead changes among nine drivers. Tony Kanaan led the most laps with 83.

Scott Dixon, in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, earned $719,067 for finishing an Indy 500 career-best second.

Two-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves crossed the finish line in third place in the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone and earned $646,303.

Phil Giebler, driver of the No. 31 Ethos Fuel Reformulator Panoz/Honda/Firestone, was awarded the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Award and its $25,000 bonus. Giebler finished the race in 29th place following an accident that forced his retirement after completing 106 laps.

At the Victory Celebration, Kanaan received the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy, presented since 1997 to the driver who best exemplifies the character and racing spirit of the late Scott Brayton.

The 92nd Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is scheduled for May 25, 2008.

Results Sunday of the 91st Indianapolis 500 IndyCar Series event May 27 at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed, reason out (if any) and earnings:
 
1. (3) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 166, $1,645,233
2. (4) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $719,067
3. (1) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $646,303
4. (5) Sam Hornish Jr., Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $360,389
5. (7) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $302,305
6. (12) Scott Sharp, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $368,305
7. (10) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $304,105
8. (8) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $298,005
9. (20) Davey Hamilton, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $268,905
10. (19) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $280,305
11. (13) Jeff Simmons, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $278,347
12. (2) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $414,319
13. (11) Michael Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 166, Running, $238,247
14. (18) A.J. Foyt IV, Dallara-Honda, 165, Running, $252,305
15. (26) Alex Barron, Dallara-Honda, 165, Running, $249,305
16. (17) Kosuke Matsuura, Dallara-Honda, 165, Running, $245,305
17. (14) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 164, Contact, $246,305
18. (21) Sarah Fisher, Dallara-Honda, 164, Running, $238,305
19. (22) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Honda, 164, Running, $216,805
20. (15) Darren Manning, Dallara-Honda, 164, Running, $232,305
21. (23) Roger Yasukawa, Dallara-Honda, 164, Running, $234,305
22. (6) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 163, Contact, $231,805
23. (32) Richie Hearn, Dallara-Honda, 163, Running, $224,305
24. (9) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 162, Contact, $229,351
25. (16) Buddy Rice, Dallara-Honda, 162, Contact, $222,805
26. (25) Al Unser Jr., Dallara-Honda, 161, Running, $205,805
27. (28) Jaques Lazier, Panoz-Honda, 155, Contact, $207,389
28. (30) Marty Roth, Dallara-Honda, 148, Contact, $216,305
29. (33) Phil Giebler, Panoz-Honda, 106, Contact, $230,305
30. (24) John Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 95, Contact, $204,305
31. (29) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 65, Contact, $213,555
32. (27) Jon Herb, Dallara-Honda, 51, Contact, $193,305
33. (31) Roberto Moreno, Panoz-Honda, 36, Contact, $224,805
 
      Race Statistics
      Winner's average speed: 151.774 mph
      Time of race: 2:44:03.5608
      Margin of victory: Under caution
      Cautions: 11 for 55 laps
      Lead changes: 23 among 9 drivers
      Lap leaders: Kanaan 1-2, Castroneves 3, Kanaan 4-13,
       Castroneves 14-17, Kanaan 18-26, Castroneves 27-40, Marco
       Andretti 41-46, Dixon 47-53, Kanaan 54-68, Dixon 69-71, Hornish 
       72-73, Franchitti 74-88, Dixon 89, Michael Andretti 90, Kanaan
       91-100, Simmons 101, Marco Andretti 102-107, Kanaan 108-116,
       Marco Andretti 117, Kanaan 118-136, Franchitti 137-143, J. Lazier
       144-145, Kanaan 146-154, Franchitti 155-166
      Point standings: Dixon 184, Wheldon 183, Franchitti 181,
       Castroneves 171, Kanaan 151, Hornish 151, Scheckter 130,
       Sharp 110, Patrick 109, Meira 103.
  IMS PR

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