Rookie driver Alexander Rossi earned $2.54 million as he crossed the finish line on fumes to win the 100th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday May 29, 2016.
Rossi, who was also named the Sunoco Rookie of the Year, took a risk in his No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, beating teammate Carlos Munoz by 4.4975 seconds, and became the first rookie since Helio Castroneves in 2001 to win Indy.
The historic race was favored to go to defending champ Juan Pablo Montoya, but a crash in Lap 64 put him out of the race.
In a close race, Rossi was followed by Munoz, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, and Charlie Kimball to round out the top 5.