So at the Indy 500 award banquet last night, Alonso was rewarded Rookie of the 500 [not Year— duh, I stupid] honors, which comes with a $50000 USD bonus. Due to engine failure he finished 24th, which earned him $255,805 USD. This was his only Indycar race of the season.
Ed Jones, an ACTUAL ROOKIE FOR THE ENTIRE INDYCAR SEASON, finished 3rd, paying $535,629 USD, but no rookie bonus!
I think it was a desparate choice by Indycar to award that to Alonso.