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The Indianapolis 500 is raising the stakes.
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The prize purse for the 2020 running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will be a record $15 million. That represents a $2 million increase from 2019, when champion Simon Pagenaud’s team took home $2.6 million.
Roger Penske purchased both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar series last year, promising to improve the show on all levels.
Along with the bump in prize money, the cars will be getting a power boost of 45 hp during qualifying that should result in the highest speeds in recent years.
The Last Row Shootout qualifying session is also being turned into a 75-minute session, rather than giving each driver just one shot to grab one of the final three spots in the field, in an effort to increase drama, according to Indycar.
The 2020 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 24.
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