Scott Dixon has 1.5 million reasons to smile

Last updated 14:28 29/05/2012
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HAPPY FAMILY: Scott Dixon, with daughter Poppy and wife Emma, wave to fans during a parade of drivers in Indianapolis.

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Scott Dixon's disappointment at failing to win the Indianapolis 500 will ease when he checks his bank balance.

The New Zealand driver earned US$1.1 million (NZ$1.5 million) for finishing second yesterday in one of the biggest races on the motorsport calendar.

Dixon was pipped by his Target Chip Ganassi team-mate Dario Franchitti, who pocketed US$2.5 million from an overall race purse of US$13.3 million.

The US-based Dixon was all smiles as he embraced Franchitti soon after a drama-filled finish but later admitted to being "super gutted" at missing out on a second Indy500 career win.

- Stuff and AP

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