How a lot cash does the Indy 500 winner obtain? Prize purse defined

How has the Indy 500 prize fund performed?

Since its first run in 1911, the winner’s take-home check has risen from the $ 14,250 Ray Harroun received that year.

Over time, some serious financial obstacles have been overcome, particularly in 1957 when Sam Hanks took home $ 103,000, Danny Sullivan’s famous spin-and-win was worth $ 517,662, and we had our first millionaire victory as Emerson in 1989 Fittipaldi won $ 1,001,604.

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Emmo’s first victory check that year was more than the prize money from any run from 1911 to 1970! A driver’s profits are very dependent on the circumstances of the time, including the sanctions body’s financial health, as well as the details of the TV deal and ticket sales.

The winner of the race will receive approximately 20% of the prize money, which will then be used for the remainder of the 33-car field in a relay. Bonuses like pole position – e.g.: Scott Dixon won $ 100,000 for pole in 2021 – and guided laps also have a huge impact on the bottom line of any car’s winnings.

Prize money will be awarded by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the money going to each entrant’s car. The drivers have contracts stating what percentage of the profits they will make, while the team owner then distributes them to the team and takes his own share.

Helio Castroneves

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What Was the Biggest Indy 500 Paycheck?

In 2009, Team Penske and Helio Castroneves took home the largest paycheck in Indy 500 history: $ 3,048,005. From his $ 2.5 million winnings in 2018 Will Power told motorsport.com of his personal terms, “I didn’t get quite 50% of it, but I was pretty close!”

Perhaps the most unlucky driver in Indy history, measured by prize winnings, was Takuma Sato. His victory in front of the first deserted Indy 500, which was held in August 2020 (due to the Covid-19 pandemic), brought him “only” 1.3 million dollars. This is comparable to the $ 2,458,129 he won in front of a packed audience in 2017.

It was doubly annoying when, before the pandemic forced a reassessment, new IndyCar owner Roger Penske previously pledged a richest purse of $ 15 million to date.

Since last year’s prize purse was crooked, here’s the breakdown of the pots for 2019 from first to last:

Item

driver

Prize money

1

Simon Pagenaud

$ 2,669,529

2

Alexander Rossi

$ 759,179

3rd

Takuma Sato

540,454 USD

4th

Josef Newgarden

$ 462,904

5

Willpower

$ 444,554

6th

Ed Carpenter

$ 450,554

7th

Santino Ferrucci

$ 435,404

8th

Ryan Hunter-Reay

$ 379,129

9

Tony Kanaan

$ 369,129

10

Conor Daly

$ 230,805

11

James Hinchcliffe

365,129 USD

12th

James Davison

$ 220,305

13th

Ed Jones

$ 233,305

14th

Spencer Pigot

$ 377,229

fifteen

Matheus Leist

$ 344,129

16

Pippa man

$ 200,305

17th

Scott Dixon

$ 359,204

18th

Helio Castroneves

$ 200,305

19th

Sage Karam

204,305 USD

20th

JR Hildebrand

$ 200,305

21

Jack Harvey

$ 200,305

22nd

Oriol Servia

203,305 USD

23

Marcus Ericsson

$ 384,629

24

Jordan King

$ 200,805

25th

Charlie Kimball

$ 200,305

26th

Marco Andretti

$ 334,129

27

Graham Rahal

$ 334,129

28

Felix Rosenqvist

$ 353,279

29

Zach Veach

$ 334,129

30th

Sebastien Bourdais

$ 342,129

31

Kyle Kaiser

205,305 USD

32

Ben Hanley

$ 200,805

33

Colton Herta

$ 351,129

And here is the all-time list, including the winner’s prize pool and reward:

year

Total purse

winner

Winning prize

1911

$ 27,550

Ray Harroun

$ 14,250

1912

$ 52,225

Joe Dawson

$ 20,000

1913

$ 55,875

Jules Goux

$ 20,000

1914

$ 51,675

Rene Thomas

$ 20,000

1915

$ 51,200

Ralph DePalma

$ 20,000

1916

$ 31,350

Dario Resta

$ 12,000

1919

$ 55,275

Howdy Wilcox

$ 20,000

1920

$ 93,550

Gaston Chevrolet

$ 21,400

1921

$ 86,850

Tommy Milton

$ 26,400

1922

$ 70,575

Jimmy Murphy

$ 26,200

1923

$ 83,425

Tommy Milton

$ 28,500

1924

$ 86,850

LL Corum / Joe Boyer

$ 20,050

1925

$ 87,750

Peter DePaolo

$ 28,800

1926

$ 88,100

Frank Lockhart

$ 35,600

1927

$ 89,850

George Souders

$ 30,625

1928

$ 90,750

Louis Meyer

$ 28,250

1929

$ 95,150

Ray Keech

$ 31,950

1930

$ 96,250

Billy Arnold

$ 36,900

1931

$ 81,800

Louis Schneider

$ 29,500

1932

$ 93,900

Fred Frame

$ 31,050

1933

$ 54,450

Louis Meyer

$ 18,000

1934

$ 83,775

Bill Cummings

$ 29,725

1935

$ 78,575

Kelly Petillo

$ 30,600

1936

$ 82,525

Louis Meyer

$ 31,300

1937

$ 92,135

Wilbur Shaw

$ 35,075

1938

$ 91,075

Floyd Roberts

$ 32,075

1939

$ 87,050

Wilbur Shaw

$ 27,375

1940

$ 85,525

Wilbur Shaw

$ 30,725

1941

$ 90,925

Floyd Davis / Mauri Rose

$ 29,200

1946

$ 115,450

George Robson

$ 42,350

1947

$ 137,425

Mauri Rose

$ 33,425

1948

$ 171,075

Mauri Rose

$ 42,800

1949

$ 179,050

Bill Holland

$ 51,575

1950

$ 201,035

Johnnie Parsons

$ 57,458

1951

$ 207,650

Lee Wallard

$ 63,612

1952

$ 230,100

Troy Ruttman

$ 61,743

1953

$ 246,300

Bill Vukovich

$ 89,496

1954

$ 269,375

Bill Vukovich

$ 74,934

1955

$ 270,400

Bob Sweikert

$ 76,138

1956

$ 282,052

Pat Flaherty

$ 93,819

1957

$ 300,252

Sam Hanks

$ 103,844

1958

$ 305,217

Jimmy Bryan

$ 105,574

1959

$ 338,100

Rodger Ward

$ 106,850

1960

$ 369,150

Jim Rathmann

$ 110,000

1961

$ 400,000

AJ Foyt

$ 117,975

1962

$ 426,152

Rodger Ward

$ 125,015

1963

$ 494,030

Parnelli Jones

$ 148,513

1964

$ 506,575

AJ Foyt

$ 153,650

1965

$ 628,399

Jim Clark

$ 166,621

1966

691,808 USD

Graham Hill

$ 156,297

1967

734,834 USD

AJ Foyt

$ 171,527

1968

$ 712,269

Bobby Unser

$ 175,139

1969

$ 805,127

Mario Andretti

$ 206,727

1970

USD 1,000,002

Al our

$ 271,697

1971

1,001,604 USD

Al our

$ 238,454

1972

$ 1,011,845

Mark Donohue

$ 218,767

1973

1,006,105 USD

Gordon Johncock

$ 236,022

1974

$ 1,015,686

Johnny Rutherford

$ 245,031

1975

USD 1,001,321

Bobby Unser

$ 214,031

1976

$ 1,037,776

Johnny Rutherford

$ 255,321

1977

$ 1,116,807

AJ Foyt

$ 259,791

1978

$ 1,145,225

Al our

290,363 USD

1979

$ 1,271,954

Rick Mears

USD 270,401

1980

$ 1,503,225

Johnny Rutherford

$ 318,819

1981

$ 1,605,375

Bobby Unser

$ 299,124

1982

$ 2,067,475

Gordon Johncock

290,609 USD

1983

$ 2,411,450

Tom Sneva

$ 385,886

1984

$ 2,795,899

Rick Mears

$ 434,060

1985

$ 3,271,025

Danny Sullivan

$ 517,662

1986

4,001,450 USD

Bobby Rahal

$ 581,062

1987

$ 4,490,375

Al our

$ 526,762

1988

$ 5,025,400

Rick Mears

$ 809,853

1989

$ 5,723,725

Emerson Fittipaldi

1,001,604 USD

1990

$ 6,325,803

Aria Luyendyk

$ 1,090,940

1991

$ 7,009,150

Rick Mears

$ 1,219,704

1992

$ 7,527,450

Al Our Jr

$ 1,244,184

1993

$ 7,681,300

Emerson Fittipaldi

1,155,304 USD

1994

$ 7,864,800

Al Our Jr

$ 1,373,813

1995

$ 8,063,550

Jacques Villeneuve

$ 1,312,019

1996

$ 8,114,600

Buddy Lazier

$ 1,367,854

1997

$ 8,612,450

Aria Luyendyk

$ 1,568,150

1998

$ 8,722,150

Eddie Cheever

$ 1,433,000

1999

$ 9,047,150

Kenny Brack

$ 1,465,190

2000

$ 9,476,505

Juan Pablo Montoya

$ 1,235,690

2001

$ 9,610,325

Helio Castroneves

$ 1,270,475

2002

$ 10,028,580

Helio Castroneves

$ 1,606,215

2003

$ 10,151,830

Gil de Ferran

$ 1,353,265

2004

$ 10,250,580

Buddy Rice

$ 1,761,740

2005

$ 10,304,815

Dan Wheldon

$ 1,537,805

2006

$ 10,518,565

Sam Hornish

$ 1,744,855

2007

$ 10,668,815

Dario Franchitti

$ 1,645,233

2008

$ 14,406,580

Scott Dixon

$ 2,988,065

2009

$ 14,315,315

Helio Castroneves

$ 3,048,005

2010

$ 13,592,815

Dario Franchitti

$ 2,752,055

2011

$ 13,509,485

Dan Wheldon

$ 2,592,255

2012

$ 13,285,815

Dario Franchitti

$ 2,474,280

2013

$ 12,020,065

Tony Kanaan

$ 2,353,355

2014

$ 14,231,760

Ryan Hunter-Reay

$ 2,491,194

2015

$ 13,397,315

Juan Pablo Montoya

$ 2,449,055

2016

$ 13,273,253

Alexander Rossi

$ 2,548,743

2017

$ 13,178,359

Takuma Sato

$ 2,458,129

2018

$ 13,078,065

Willpower

$ 2,525,454

2019

$ 13,090,536

Simon Pagenaud

$ 2,669,529

2020

$ 7.5 million

Takuma Sato

$ 1,370,500