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|Wheldon Takes $2.6 Million for Indy 500 Win
|INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Dan Wheldon received $2,567,255 for winning the Indianapolis 500.
Wheldon won in dramatic fashion when leader JR Hildebrand crashed in turn four on the final lap.
Wheldon, who started sixth, became just the 18th driver to win the race at least twice. He also triumphed in 2005 on his way to a series championship. Wheldon has six top-four finishes in nine career Indianapolis 500 starts, including second, second and first in the last three years, respectively.
Hildebrand, a rookie, won $1,064,895 for his second-place finish. The total purse was $13,509,485.
The checks were handed out Monday at the Indianapolis 500 victory celebration.
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