Winning the milestone 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 has not only changed Alexander Rossi’s life, it also has changed his tax bracket big time.
In only his sixth career Verizon IndyCar Series start, the 25-year-old Californian took home $2,548.743 in prize earnings for capturing the checkered flag in the Greatest Spectacle In Racing. That amount includes $50,000 for winning Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
If you don’t want to dig out your calculator, that amount breaks down to $12,743.72 per lap in the 200-lap event.
Rossi was the first rookie to win the 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001, and the first American-born rookie champion since Louis Meyer in 1928.
The overall Indy 500 purse was $13,273,253, according to an Indianapolis Motor Speedway media release.
Rossi’s Andretti Autosport teammate, Carlos Munoz, won $788,743 for finishing second. Third-place finisher Josef Newgarden took home $574,243.
Tony Kanaan, who won the 500 in 2013, finished fourth and earned $445,743, while Charlie Kimball received $423,243 for finishing fifth.
Sixth-place finisher James Hinchcliffe won $502,993, including $100,000 for the Verizon P1 Award for earning the pole position for the race.
Last year’s Indy 500 winner, Juan Pablo Montoya, finished last in Sunday’s race after a single-car crash on Lap 64. He earned a mere $339,493.
The earnings were distributed Monday during the Victory Awards Celebration in Indianapolis.