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Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti took home over $2.4 million Monday night during the Indy 500 Victory Banquet.
Franchitti's winnings came from a purse of over $13 million handed out to all 33 drivers during Monday night's ceremony. Franchitti thanked his boss, Chip Ganassi, among others. "As you said, the Indianapolis 500 is why we're all in this business and you tell us at the start of the year, there's two goals: you got to win the Indy 500 and win the championship so, that's one off the list, right? I don't think the pressure's going to be any less for the second, though," Franchitti said.
Many of the drivers took playful jabs at Franchitti. Alex Tagliani even suggested that the only way he could do better would be to go on Dancing With the Stars like his friend Helio Castroneves. "Helio kept his yellow spandex suit for you and at no charge," Tagliani said. "So I think that's the only thing you can try to do to step it up."
40-year-old Rookie Rubens Barrichello won the Chase Rookie of the Year award which includes a $25,000 bonus. "For me to be a rookie at 40, it makes me feel so young," said Barrichello.
Second place finisher Scott Dixon took home over $1.1 million. Tony Kanaan, who finished third, earned over $630,000.
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