Marcus Ericsson gets $3.1 million from record-setting Indianapolis 500 purse

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson cashed in the race’s record winnings, earning an unprecedented $3.1 million check for Sunday’s victory.

The prize totals were announced Monday, the same day the annual victory celebration was held in downtown Indianapolis.

Ericsson, 31, became the second Top 500 winner from Sweden, joining 1999 winner Kenny Brack, who helped coach Ericsson earlier in his career. Ericsson drives Chip Ganassi Racing.

Indy’s total revenue was just under $16.1 million, breaking the $14.4 million mark set in 2008.

Mexican runner-up Pato O’Ward teeing off for Arrow McLaren SP took home $1 million, the largest check for a second-place finisher in nearly a decade.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmy Johnson took home $50,000 despite a late crash as he was named the game’s Rookie of the Year. Johnson’s prize total is nearly $208,000.

The average payday per driver is $485,000.

“The Indianapolis 500 is the greatest race in the world, and these riders get a chance to drink the milk of a championship and kiss the famous brick field,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske said in a statement Say. “This year’s record purse reflects their relentless pursuit of history and the world-class talent they display on every lap.”

Tournament organizers said an estimated crowd of more than 325,000 people, which they believe makes it the most attended one-day sporting event in the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IndyCar Series will return to action next weekend in Detroit.

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