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Dan Wheldon earns $2.6 million

Updated: May 31, 2011, 12:12 AM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- J.R. Hildebrand lost $1.5 million in the last mile of the Indianapolis 500.

He was leading the race heading into the final turn on the final lap when he went high to pass a slower car and slammed into the safety wall, allowing Dan Wheldon to win the 100-year anniversary race.

Wheldon received $2,567,255 for the victory while Hildebrand earned $1,064,895 for his second-place finish. The total purse was $13,509,485.

Hildebrand's loss remained as much the story ...

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