IRL: Indy 500: Castroneves earns record $1.6 million

Castroneves earns record $1.6 million for repeat win. Record $10-million purse awarded; Barron, Scheckter co-Rookies of the Year. INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 27, 2002 -- Helio Castroneves earned a record $1,606,215 of the first $10-million purse...

Castroneves earns record $1.6 million for repeat win. Record $10-million purse awarded; Barron, Scheckter co-Rookies of the Year.

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 27, 2002 -- Helio Castroneves earned a record $1,606,215 of the first $10-million purse in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history for winning the 86th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on May 26, according to unofficial prize figures announced May 27 at the Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration.

Castroneves' award was larger than the $1,568,150 that Arie Luyendyk earned for his second career Indianapolis 500 victory in 1997.

The total 2002 purse of $10,028,580 is an event record and marks the first time the Indianapolis 500 purse has surpassed the $10-million mark. The previous event record was $9,615,325, set last year in the Memorial Day classic. The purse is comprised of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League awards, and other designated awards.

Castroneves, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, became the first repeat winner of the Indianapolis 500 since Al Unser won consecutive races in 1970-71. For this feat, Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, won $290,000 from BorgWarner Inc., including $160,000 for winning back-to-back races. It is the first time that prize has been awarded, as the award did not exist when Unser won consecutive races.

Paul Tracy won $489,315 for his runner-up performance in the No. 26 Team Green 7-Eleven Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, while third-place finisher Felipe Giaffone, driver of the No. 21 Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone, took home $475,315.

MBNA Pole winner Bruno Junqueira earned $282,715 for his 31st-place finish. Junqueira, driver of the No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone, exited the race on Lap 87 with gearbox problems. His total winnings included $100,000 for winning the MBNA Pole Award.

For only the fifth time in history, two drivers earned the Bank One Rookie of the Year award. Alex Barron and Tomas Scheckter shared the honor that was first awarded to Art Cross in 1952, and became the first drivers to split the award since Bernard Jourdain and Scott Pruett in 1989. Both earned $12,500 each of the $25,000 check from Bank One.

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk was awarded the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy, presented since 1997 to the driver who exemplifies the character and racing spirit of late Indy Racing driver Scott Brayton.

The 87th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (EST) May 25, 2003.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Arie Luyendyk , Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Scott Pruett , Alex Barron , Al Unser Sr. , Chip Ganassi , Bernard Jourdain , Mo Nunn
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing