1 Jun 2011

Indianapolis 500 one day, unemployed the next

3:03 pm on 1 June 2011

The British motor racing driver Dan Wheldon earnt himself over a million dollars for his Indianapolis 500 win but now he's out of a job.

His drive the Bryan Herta Autosport team was for just one race and he's yet to learn of his exact share $17 million in prizemoney.

It was Wheldon's first race of the season as he's been unable to find a fulltime drive and he made the most of it claiming an unlikely win after rookie American JR Hildebrand crashed into the wall within sight of the finish line.

Runner-up at the Brickyard for the past two year Wheldon had been resigned to a third straight second place finish but instead was gifted a second victory as his car charged past Hildebrand's wreck.