Money is a religion in the United States, not a defect: the transparency demonstrated by the organizers of the Indianapolis 500 Miles speaks volumes in this regard, with more than 3 million dollars to the winner.
Victorious in the last lap of this 107th edition of the 500 Miles, Josef Newgarden (Penske) was awarded 3.6 million dollars out of a total of approximately 17 million dollars for all the competitors ( see table below).
As we say in the States “the winner takes all”, because the difference with his runner-up is considerable: a little over a million for Marcus Ericsson (Ganassi), who won last year.
The others share the crumbs of the feast with varying fortunes according to specific bonuses including the greatest number of laps in the lead for Pato O’Ward (McLaren) who cashes 516,500 dollars or the beginner of the year (Rookie of the Year ) awarded to Benjamin Perdersen (Foyt) who inherits $215,300.
The common pot of the 500 Miles is thus shared among the 33 pilots entered up to 100,000 dollars to the three lowest ranked, in this case Katherine Legge (Rahal), Ed Carpenter (ECR) and Marco Andretti (Andretti).
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