Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda took home a cheque for $3.1 million for taking victory in Sunday’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday and in doing so he took home the biggest prize from a total purse of $16,000,200.
It’s the largest purse ever in the century-plus history of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s prize is also the largest winner’s payout ever for the world’s largest single-day sporting event.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske said:
“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. “This year’s record-setting purse is reflective of their tireless pursuit of history and the world-class talent they display on every lap.”
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson earned Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors for his historic and electrifying performance during the Month of May for Chip Ganassi Racing. Johnson earned a $50,000 bonus for being named Rookie of the Year, adding to a total take home prize of $207,900.