Indy 500 purse: How a lot does the winner make in 2019? Checklist of payouts, prize cash 1

The excellent news for the winner of the 2019 Indy 500 is that the full purse for the race, which was roughly $27,550 again in 1911 for the primary Indy 500, is greater than $13 million today.

The unhealthy information for the winner of the 2019 Indy 500 is that, in contrast to the primary Indy 500 for which the winner obtained greater than 50 % of the purse, he’ll obtain roughly 20 % of the purse. Nonetheless, one thing alongside the strains of $2.5 million is not a nasty payday for a Sunday afternoon shift. The last-place finisher within the Indy 500 nonetheless earns round $200,000. So regardless that 32 drivers technically will lose Sunday, one might argue that everyone wins.

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We is not going to know the official purse and payout totals for the 2019 Indy 500 till after the race, however current precedent can be utilized to provide you with the figures introduced above. Although the full purse for the Indy 500 has decreased incrementally over the past 5 years, the payout for the winner has fluctuated in the identical span. Final 12 months’s winner, Will Energy, took residence slightly greater than $2.5 million in first-place payout from the $13-million purse.

The Indy 500 purse peaked in 2008, when $14,406,580 grew to become the most important purse in Indy 500 historical past. A 12 months later, Hélio Castroneves took residence what remains to be the most important quantity paid to a winner: $3,048,005. That, plus the truth that he’s a three-time Indy 500 winner, is why Castroneves holds the document for many profession Indy 500 earnings, a complete of $12,651,834.

Beneath is all you might want to know concerning the Indy 500 purse, how the payouts work and the way a lot cash the winner makes.

What’s the Indianapolis 500 purse for 2019?

We are going to discover out for positive quickly after the conclusion of the 2019 Indy 500, however strong estimate for the full purse is true round $13 million.

During the last 4 years, the full purse for the Indy 500 has dropped by about $100,000 annually. Final 12 months’s whole Indy 500 purse of $13,078,065 was lowest quantity since 2013.

The biggest purse in Indy 500 got here in 2008, when drivers break up a pot of just about $14.5 million. The smallest purse within the historical past of the Indy 500, naturally, got here with the primary race, after which drivers break up a pot of $27,550 in 1911. The 1970 Indy 500 purse was the primary to exceed $1 million.

There are 33 drivers within the discipline for Sunday’s Indy 500 to separate a handbag of roughly $13 million, with the race winner taking residence roughly 20 % of that purse. We’d say “do the math” to determine the remainder of the payouts, but it surely’s not that straightforward. (We clarify under.)

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Indy 500 payouts, prize cash

Three issues are sure in the case of the payouts and prize cash for the Indy 500. For one, we all know the winner will obtain by far the largest payout, roughly 20 % of the full purse. We additionally know the second-place finisher will get the second-biggest payout. And we all know every driver within the discipline, even the last-place finisher, will earn no less than $200,000, give or take a couple of dollars. However that is just about all we all know.

The Indy 500 payout system, the main points of which stay undisclosed, is difficult. The purse is made up of prize cash from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the IndyCar Collection, sponsors and organizers, which means a driver with a sure sponsor may need an opportunity to earn more money within the Indy 500 than a driver with a special sponsor.

Additional, the Indy 500 payout fluctuates primarily based on variables just like the variety of laps led, quickest laps and so forth. That is why the motive force who finishes seventh, for instance, might earn much less in prize cash than the motive force who finishes eighth. That is what occurred final 12 months, when seventh-place finisher Carlos Munoz was paid $254,005, and eighth-place finisher Josef Newgarden took residence $400,654.

For reference, under are the payouts and prize cash by ending place for final 12 months’s Indy 500.

1.Will Energy$2,525,454
2.Ed Carpenter$911,504
3.Scott Dixon$587,129
4.Alexander Rossi$454,804
5.Ryan Hunter-Reay$419,804
6.Simon Pagenaud$419,804
7.Carlos Munoz$254,005
8.Josef Newgarden$400,654
9.Robert Wickens$424,979
10.Graham Rahal$401,229
11.JR Hildebrand$225,305
12.Marco Andretti$364,129
13.Matheus Leist$357,129
14.Gabby Chaves$315,305
15.Stefan Wilson$212,330
16.Jack Harvey$200,305
17.Oriol Servia$211,105
18.Charlie Kimball$300,305
19.Zachary Claman DeMelo$339,354
20.Spencer Pigot$346,154
21.Conor Daly$200,305
22.Max Chilton$300,305
23.Zach Veach$334,129
24.Jay Howard$200,305
25.Tony Kanaan$346,954
26.Sage Karam$203,305
27.Hélio Castroneves$205,305
28.Sebastien Bourdais$348,829
29.Kyle Kaiser$205,805
30.Danica Patrick$208,305
31.Ed Jones$338,129
32.Takuma Sato$300,305
33.James Davidson$200,305

How a lot does the Indy 500 winner make?

A hell of much more than the Indy 500 winner used to make.

The winner of the 2019 Indy 500 will take residence one thing within the ballpark of $2.5 million. That might fall according to the quantities the winners of the earlier eight Indy 500s have obtained. The typical of the final eight Indy 500 winner prize-money totals is $2,486,5554.

Castroneves holds the document for many cash earned as an Indy 500 winner; he took residence $3,048,005 in 2009. The bottom quantity an Indy 500 winner has ever earned truly didn’t come from the primary Indy 500. In 1916, winner Dario Resta took residence simply $12,000.

The 1989 Indy 500 marked the primary time an Indy 500 winner (Emerson Fittipaldi) earned greater than $1 million.

Indianapolis 500 payout historical past

12 monthsPurseWinnerWinner’s earnings
1911$27,550Ray Harroun$14,250
1912$52,225Joe Dawson$20,000
1913$55,875Jules Goux$20,000
1914$51,675Rene Thomas$20,000
1915$51,200Ralph DePalma$20,000
1916$31,350Dario Resta$12,000
1919$55,275Howdy Wilcox$20,000
1920$93,550Gaston Chevrolet$21,400
1921$86,850Tommy Milton$26,400
1922$70,575Jimmy Murphy$26,200
1923$83,425Tommy Milton$28,500
1924$86,850L.L. Corum/Joe Boyer$20,050
1925$87,750Peter DePaolo$28,800
1926$88,100Frank Lockhart$35,600
1927$89,850George Souders$30,625
1928$90,750Louis Meyer$28,250
1929$95,150Ray Keech$31,950
1930$96,250Billy Arnold$36,900
1931$81,800Louis Schneider$29,500
1932$93,900Fred Body$31,050
1933$54,450Louis Meyer$18,000
1934$83,775Invoice Cummings$29,725
1935$78,575Kelly Petillo$30,600
1936$82,525Louis Meyer$31,300
1937$92,135Wilbur Shaw$35,075
1938$91,075Floyd Roberts$32,075
1939$87,050Wilbur Shaw$27,375
1940$85,525Wilbur Shaw$30,725
1941$90,925Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose$29,200
1946$115,450George Robson$42,350
1947$137,425Mauri Rose$33,425
1948$171,075Mauri Rose$42,800
1949$179,050Invoice Holland$51,575
1950$201,035Johnnie Parsons$57,458
1951$207,650Lee Wallard$63,612
1952$230,100Troy Ruttman$61,743
1953$246,300Invoice Vukovich$89,496
1954$269,375Invoice Vukovich$74,934
1955$270,400Bob Sweikert$76,138
1956$282,052Pat Flaherty$93,819
1957$300,252Sam Hanks$103,844
1958$305,217Jimmy Bryan$105,574
1959$338,100Rodger Ward$106,850
1960$369,150Jim Rathmann$110,000
1961$400,000A.J. Foyt$117,975
1962$426,152Rodger Ward$125,015
1963$494,030Parnelli Jones$148,513
1964$506,575A.J. Foyt$153,650
1965$628,399Jim Clark$166,621
1966$691,808Graham Hill$156,297
1967$734,834A.J. Foyt$171,527
1968$712,269Bobby Unser$175,139
1969$805,127Mario Andretti$206,727
1970$1,000,002Al Unser$271,697
1971$1,001,604Al Unser$238,454
1972$1,011,845Mark Donohue$218,767
1973$1,006,105Gordon Johncock$236,022
1974$1,015,686Johnny Rutherford$245,031
1975$1,001,321Bobby Unser$214,031
1976$1,037,776Johnny Rutherford$255,321
1977$1,116,807A.J. Foyt$259,791
1978$1,145,225Al Unser$290,363
1979$1,271,954Rick Mears$270,401
1980$1,503,225Johnny Rutherford$318,819
1981$1,605,375Bobby Unser$299,124
1982$2,067,475Gordon Johncock$290,609
1983$2,411,450Tom Sneva$385,886
1984$2,795,899Rick Mears$434,060
1985$3,271,025Danny Sullivan$517,662
1986$4,001,450Bobby Rahal$581,062
1987$4,490,375Al Unser$526,762
1988$5,025,400Rick Mears$809,853
1989$5,723,725Emerson Fittipaldi$1,001,604
1990$6,325,803Arie Luyendyk$1,090,940
1991$7,009,150Rick Mears$1,219,704
1992$7,527,450Al Unser Jr.$1,244,184
1993$7,681,300Emerson Fittipaldi$1,155,304
1994$7,864,800Al Unser Jr.$1,373,813
1995$8,063,550Jacques Villeneuve$1,312,019
1996$8,114,600Buddy Lazier$1,367,854
1997$8,612,450Arie Luyendyk$1,568,150
1998$8,722,150Eddie Cheever Jr.$1,433,000
1999$9,047,150Kenny Brack$1,465,190
2000$9,476,505Juan Pablo Montoya$1,235,690
2001$9,610,325Helio Castroneves$1,270,475
2002$10,028,580Helio Castroneves$1,606,215
2003$10,151,830Gil de Ferran$1,353,265
2004$10,250,580Buddy Rice$1,761,740
2005$10,304,815Dan Wheldon$1,537,805
2006$10,518,565Sam Hornish Jr.$1,744,855
2007$10,668,815Dario Franchitti$1,645,233
2008$14,406,580Scott Dixon$2,988,065
2009$14,315,315Helio Castroneves$3,048,005
2010$13,592,815Dario Franchitti$2,752,055
2011$13,509,485Dan Wheldon$2,592,255
2012$13,285,815Dario Franchitti$2,474,280
2013$12,020,065Tony Kanaan$2,353,355
2014$14,231,760Ryan Hunter-Reay$2,491,194
2015$13,397,315Juan Pablo Montoya$2,449,055
2016$13,273,253Alexander Rossi$2,548,743
2017$13,178,359Takuma Sato$2,458,129
2018$13,078,065Will Energy$2,525,454

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