Last year race track and car owner Roger Penske added to his racing empire with the purchase Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing Series which includes the Indy 500.
With just a few weeks before the qualifying process begins for the annual Memorial Day weekend event, Penske has announced some changes including the prize money.
The total prize money is now a record setting $15 million with the winner of the race receiving at least $2 million. The pole sitter, driver with the most laps, and other extras also earn payouts.
Other changes include NBC and NBCSN expanding qualifying coverage which will allow the slower cars at the back of the field extra time to qualify for the 33 car starting lineup.
Changes to the track itself include adding over two dozen new video boards including a giant video board in the pagoda area.
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