IRL: Indy 500 Purse - May 30

For Immediate Release Complete List to Follow LUYENDYK CLAIMS RECORD $1,553,650 FOR "500" WIN INDIANAPOLIS, May 30, 1997 -- Arie Luyendyk's victory in the 81st running of the Indianapolis 500 was...

For Immediate Release Complete List to Follow

LUYENDYK CLAIMS RECORD $1,553,650 FOR "500" WIN

INDIANAPOLIS, May 30, 1997 -- Arie Luyendyk's victory in the 81st running of the Indianapolis 500 was worth a record $1,568,150, according to final prize figures released today.

Luyendyk's win by .57 of a second over Treadway Racing teammate Scott Goodyear, coupled with taking the PPG Pole Award and other prizes, produced the record payoff.

Goodyear got $513,300 for second, giving the Treadway team a payday of $2,081,450 in the second "500" presented by the Indy Racing League.

The winner's share was part of a record total purse of $8,612,450 for the world's richest auto race, up nearly $500,000 from the previous record of $8,114,600 set in 1996.

The check to Luyendyk for his second "500" victory bettered the previous winning mark of $1,373,813 claimed by Al Unser Jr., in 1994. It also enabled the popular Dutchman, who also won in 1990, to become the all-time Indianapolis 500 money leader, vaulting past Emerson Fittipaldi, Unser Jr., and Rick Mears to the top spot.

Luyendyk and the teams for which he has driven have now collected $5,027,329 in 13 Indianapolis 500s. The retired Mears, one of three four-time "500" winners, is now second on the all-time list at $4,299,392.

The prize checks ranged from Luyendyk's to the $139,500 received by Robby Gordon and Team Sabco for 29th place.

Bank One Rookie of the Year Jeff Ward and FirstPlus Team Cheever picked up $414,250 for third and Buddy Lazier and Hemelgarn Racing got $279,250 for fourth. Tony Stewart and Team Menard got $345,050 for fifth, including $28,800 in lap prizes.

Checks for 13 drivers and teams topped the $200,000 mark. Kenny Brack and Galles Racing, with a 33rd-place finish, got $202,250, including the $40,000 top prize in the Coors Indy Pit Stop Challenge.

The date for the 82nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is May 24, 1998.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Al Unser Jr. , Buddy Lazier , Jeff Ward , Arie Luyendyk , Kenny Brack , Rick Mears , Emerson Fittipaldi