Well they didn’t really plan for Wheldon to do Kentucky. I think they were a bit pissed, that’s why they sent him to the back of the grid.
As for the prize, if Wheldon can win the race starting from the back of the pack (Pos. 34) and win the race he and his team split $2.5 million and a fan gets $2.5 million.
The three drivers that series was banking on getting were Zanardi, Kasey Khane, and Travis Pastana I believe. Two got hurt and Zanardi only wanted to run with Ganassi and they were going to focus on Dario winning the championship. The series kinda got put between a rock and a hard place but with 34 cars on the grid it should be an exciting race.
If it comes anywhere close to the last 15 laps of Kentucky I think we’ll all be in for a treat.