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05/26/08
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Dixon collects record $3M for Indy 500
Scott Dixon kisses the Borg-Warner Trophy on the day after winning the Indy 500
Dana Garrett
Scott Dixon earned a record $2,988,065 from a record overall purse of $14,406,580 for his victory May 25 in the 92nd Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

The previous record winner's purse was $1,761,740 awarded to Buddy Rice in 2004, while the 2007 Indianapolis 500 field was awarded the previous record race purse, $10,668,815. The event purse is comprised of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League awards, including the new IndyCar TEAM (Team Enhancement and Allocation Matrix) program, sponsor awards and other designated awards.

Dixon, a first-time "500" winner, became the first native of New Zealand to win the Indianapolis 500 in an exciting, hard-fought race. Dixon, an Indianapolis resident, started from the PEAK Motor Oil Pole in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, led seven times for a race-high 115 laps and beat Panther Racing's Vitor Meira to the finish line by 1.7498 seconds.

Dixon successfully avoided the six accidents and other incidents responsible for the eight cautions that slowed the race average speed to 143.567 mph. The race featured 18 lead changes among nine drivers.

Meira's efforts for the second-place finish in the No. 4 Delphi National Guard Dallara/Honda/Firestone earned him $1,273,215, the first time anyone other than the Indianapolis winner has won more than $1 million, far exceeding the previous second-place record payout of $739,665 for Helio Castroneves in 2003.

Marco Andretti finished third - his second top-three Indy finish in three years - and earned $782,065. Two-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves crossed the finish line in fourth place, earning $482,815, and Ed Carpenter earned $399,665 with his Indy career-best finish of fifth.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the No. 17 Rahal Letterman Racing Team Ethanol Dallara/Honda/Firestone, was awarded the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Award and its $25,000 bonus. Hunter-Reay finished sixth after starting 20th. He climbed into the top 10 by Lap 80 and stayed there the rest of the race.

At the Victory Celebration, Meira 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 93rd Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 2009.

Total Indy 500 payout

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Driver Series Awards Designated Awards Total Awards
1 Scott Dixon $2,500,000 $488,065 $2,988,065
2 Vitor Meira 1,250,000 $23,215 $1,273,215
3 Marco Andretti 750,000 $32,065 $782,065
4 Helio Castroneves 475,000 $7,815 $482,815
5 Ed Carpenter 375,000 $24,665 $399,665
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay 300,000 $28,065 $328,065
7 Hideki Mutoh 300,000 $7,115 $307,115
8 Buddy Rice 300,000 $11,415 $311,415
9 Darren Manning 300,000 $1,815 $301,815
10 Townsend Bell 270,000 $5,315 $275,315
11 Oriol Servia 300,000 $2,065 $302,065
12 Dan Wheldon 300,000 $66,815 $366,815
13 Will Power 300,000 $565 $300,565
14 Davey Hamilton 270,000 $315 $270,315
15 Enrique Bernoldi 300,000 $565 $300,565
16 John Andretti 300,000 $315 $300,315
17 Buddy Lazier 270,000 $57,015 $327,015
18 Mario Moraes 300,000 $3,415 $303,415
19 Milka Duno 300,000 $315 $300,315
20 Bruno Junqueira 300,000 $1,215 $301,215
21 A.J. Foyt IV 300,000 $11,815 $311,815
22 Danica Patrick 300,000 $1,915 $301,915
23 Ryan Briscoe 300,000 $12,315 $312,315
24 Tomas Scheckter 270,000 $315 $270,315
25 Alex Lloyd 270,000 $2,065 $272,065
26 E.J. Viso 300,000 $1,565 $301,565
27 Justin Wilson 300,000 $2,065 $302,065
28 Jeff Simmons 270,000 $0 $270,000
29 Tony Kanaan 300,000 $31,215 $331,215
30 Sarah Fisher 270,000 $7,215 $277,215
31 Jaime Camara 300,000 $565 $300,565
32 Marty Roth 300,000 $315 $300,315
33 Graham Rahal 300,000 $12,065 $312,065
Contingency $21,000
Totals $13,540,000 $866,580 $14,406,580

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