INDIANAPOLIS -- Takuma Sato earned $2,458,129 from an overall purse of $13,178,359 for his victory Sunday in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Winnings were distributed at the annual Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration, held Monday evening at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
101st INDIANAPOLIS 500: Official Box Score with earnings
Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Sato, from Tokyo, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500, fending off three-time winner Helio Castroneves by 0.2011 of a second to the checkered flag in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda. It was the sixth-closest finish in Indy 500 history.
Sato took the lead from Castroneves for good on Lap 195 of the 200-lap race. He led twice for 17 laps.
Castroneves, who dodged multiple on-track incidents and led nine laps even after receiving a drive-through penalty, earned $770,629 for finishing second in the No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet. He became one of seven drivers with three Indianapolis 500 runner-up finishes.
Toward the end of the race, Castroneves had to worry about third-place finisher, rookie driver Ed Jones, in his rear-view mirror. Jones never led in the race but ended up as the top rookie finisher in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda for Dale Coyne Racing, earning $535,629.
Max Chilton, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver who led a race-high 50 laps, finished in fourth place in the No. 8 Gallagher Honda. He earned $484,129. Rounding out the top five was 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and Chilton's teammate, Tony Kanaan, in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda. Kanaan, who led 22 laps, earned $438,129.
Pole sitter Scott Dixon earned $446,629 despite placing 32nd in the No. 9 Camping World Honda. Dixon was unhurt after a frightening crash with Jay Howard on Lap 53 in which Dixon's car went airborne and hit the inside SAFER Barrier between Turns 1 and 2.
Fernando Alonso earned $305,805, including $50,000 for being named Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the race. The two-time Formula One world champion was the top-qualifying rookie, in fifth, and led 27 laps -- more than any other rookie -- before ending up 24th after a mechanical problem on Lap 180 halted his race while running seventh in the No. 29 McLaren-Honda-Andretti Honda.
The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. The Victory Celebration was presented by Ice Miller and Allied Solutions.