BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — The total prize money for the Championship Auto Racing Teams Indy-car series in 1986 could reach as much as $15.5 million, according to figures released by CART.
The Indianapolis 500, which is sanctioned by the rival U.S. Auto Club but counts in the CART championship, is expected to jump from a total payout in 1985 of $2.4 million to around $4 million.
The other 16 races on the circuit will total $8.75 million in purse money, with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Michigan 500 and the U.S. Grand Prix at the Meadowlands each paying $700,000.
The Portland 200, Molson Indy-Toronto, Pocono Domino's Pizza 500 and Molson Indy-Montreal all will be worth $600,000.
The season-ending Miami Indy Challenge on Nov. 9 will added $550,000 in purse money, while the Budweiser Cleveland Grand Prix, Escort Radar Warning 200 at Mid-Ohio, Road America 200 at Elkhart Lake, Wis., and Monterey Grand Prix will both worth $500,000.