IRL: WDW prize money summary

For Immediate Release $1,078,500 PAID TO DISNEY FIELD; CALKINS NETS $125,000 INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 1996 -- Winner Buzz Calkins netted $125,000 of the total prize fund of $1,078,500 for the Indy Racing League's inaugural event last Saturday,...

For Immediate Release

$1,078,500 PAID TO DISNEY FIELD; CALKINS NETS $125,000

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 1996 -- Winner Buzz Calkins netted $125,000 of the total prize fund of $1,078,500 for the Indy Racing League's inaugural event last Saturday, the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Presented by Aurora at the new one-mile Walt Disney World Speedway.

The prize payout was announced today by Jack Long, executive director of the Indy Racing League headquartered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500. The Indy 200 at Walt Disney World is the first of five IRL races scheduled for 1996 that is expected to have a series purse payout exceeding $12 million.

The next stop on the IRL schedule is the Phoenix 200 March 24, which will also pay more than $1 million in prize money. Then comes the 80th running of the Indianapolis 500 May 26, with an expected payout of more than $8 million as auto racing's richest event. Other million-dollar IRL events in 1996 will be the True Value 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway Aug. 18 and the Las Vegas 500K at the new Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sept. 15.

Calkins, 24, of Denver, Colo., won the $78,000 IRL first place prize and received the $22,000 IRL qualifying bonus that goes to each of the top 20 qualifiers in each IRL event. In addition to that $100,000 total, $25,000 of the $78,500 total designated (accessory) prize fund went to the winner. His top designated awards included $10,000 from Raybestos as the highest finishing rookie; $3,000 from Delco Battery, and $2,500 each from the American Dairy Association as the fastest qualifying rookie and from Earl's Performance Products.

"This prize money will contribute to the team in a meaningful way," Calkins said. "That's an intriguing thing about the IRL purse structure. The prize money is at a level where it will actually help a team's budget. Most racing isn't that way."

Tony Stewart, 24, of Rushville, Ind., was runner up and won $85,250 -- $60,000 for second place, $22,000 in IRL qualifying bonus, and $3,250 in designated prize money. Third place finisher Robbie Buhl actually earned more than Stewart at $87,250. Buhl, 32, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., won $47,000 for third, the $22,000 top-20 IRL qualifying bonus, and $18,250 in designated prizes highlighted by $8,000 from Valvoline, Inc., $5,000 from Miller Electric Manufacturing (lowest qualifier to lead race), and $2,500 from Delco Battery.

Fourth place finisher Michele Alboreto won $65,000, and Indy 500 veteran Roberto Guerrero was fifth with $59,500. Polesitter Buddy Lazier, who finished 17th, won $46,000 which included the $10,000 Pole Winner Chief Mechanic Award from True Value. David Kudrave, in 20th and last place, won $33,000. Money for positions 21-24 -- $10,000 for each position -- was split among five entered drivers and teams who did not make the race.

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1996 Indy 200 At Walt Disney World Presented by AURORA

FP SP Car   Driver             PTS  Basic   Qual. Designated     Total
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 1  5  12 R Buzz Calkins        35 $78,000  $22,000 $25,000   $125,000
 2  7  20 R Tony Stewart        33  60,000   22,000   3,250     85,250
 3 13  54 R Robbie Buhl         32  47,000   22,000  18,250     87,250
 4 14  33 R Michele Alboreto    31  35,000   22,000   8,000     65,000
 5  2  21   Roberto Guerrero    30  30,000   22,000   7,500     59,500
 6 12  11   Mike Groff          29  25,000   22,000   2,500     49,500
 7 15  75 R Johnny O'Connell    28  24,000   22,000     250     46,250
 8 11  90   Lyn St. James       27  23,000   22,000   3,250     48,250
 9 16  18   John Paul, Jr.      26  22,000   22,000     250     44,250
10 20   3   Eddie Cheever       25  21,000   22,000     250     43,250
11  4  41   Scott Sharp         24  20,000   22,000       0     42,000
12  6  14 R Davey Hamilton      23  19,000   22,000       0     41,000
13  8  17 R Stan Wattles        22  18,000   22,000       0     40,000
14  3   5   Arie Luyendyk       21  17,000   22,000       0     39,000
15 10   2   Scott Brayton       20  16,000   22,000       0     38,000
16  9   9   Stephan Gregoire    19  15,000   22,000       0     37,000
17  1  91   Buddy Lazier        18  14,000   22,000  10,000     46,000
18 17  16   Johnny Parsons      17  13,000   22,000       0     35,000
19 19   4 R Richie Hearn        16  12,000   22,000       0     34,000
20 18  25   Dave Kudrave        15  11,000   22,000       0     33,000
        7   Eliseo Salazar          10,000        0       0     10,000
       81   Rick DeLorto            10,000        0       0     10,000
       15   Bill Tempero            10,000        0       0     10,000
       26   Jim Buick                5,000        0       0      5,000
       77   Butch Brickell           5,000        0       0      5,000
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TOTAL                             $560,000 $440,000 $78,500 $1,078,500

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Buzz Calkins , Eddie Cheever , Robbie Buhl , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Roberto Guerrero , Johnny O'Connell , Richie Hearn , Lyn St. James , Michele Alboreto , Butch Brickell , Stan Wattles , Johnny Parsons , John Paul