INDIANAPOLIS (AP)Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson cashed in on the race’s record purse, earning an unprecedented $3.1 million check for Sunday’s victory.
Prize totals were announced Monday, the same day the annual victory celebration was held in downtown Indianapolis.
The 31-year-old Ericsson became the second 500 champion from Sweden, joining 1999 winner Kenny Brack, who helped mentor Ericsson early in his career. Ericsson drives for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Indy’s total purse of slightly less than $16.1 million smashed the previous mark of $14.4 million that was set in 2008.
Runner-up Pato O’Ward of Mexico, who drives for Arrow McLaren SP, collected $1 million – the largest check a second-place finisher has earned in nearly a decade.
Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson received a $50,000 bonus for being named the race’s rookie of the year despite crashing late in the race. Johnson’s winnings totaled nearly $208,000.
The average payday for each driver was $485,000.
”The Indianapolis 500 is the greatest race in the world, and these drivers lay it all on the line for a chance to drink the winner’s milk and kiss the famous Yard of Bricks,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske said in a statement. ”This year’s record-setting purse is reflective of their tireless pursuit of history and the world-class talent they display on every lap.”
Race organizers said the estimated crowd topped 325,000, which they believe makes it the largest attended single-day sporting event in the world since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The IndyCar Series returns to action next weekend in Detroit.
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