Newgarden Receives Largest Payout In 500 History

Newgarden Receives Largest Payout In 500 History

The 108th Indianapolis 500 proved to be a “Perfect Storm” in many ways, especially for race winner Josef Newgarden who received the most important race on the earth for the second straight yr.

The race was delayed 4 hours due to lightning and rain, however the 347,000 followers that filled the Indianapolis Motor Speedway returned to their seats in occasions to see probably the most spectacular races within the historical past of the Indianapolis 500.

They have been handled to a race file 16 totally different leaders, a race that was fierce and fearless and a battle for the ages between Mexico’s Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren and Staff Penske’s Newgarden.

Newgarden Receives Largest Payout In 500 History

Newgarden Receives Largest Payout In 500 History
Newgarden Receives Largest Payout In 500 History

There have been 4 lead adjustments within the last eight laps and for the second yr in a row, the race-winning cross was made on the ultimate lap.

Newgarden handed O’Ward’s Chevrolet for the win in Turn 3 on the final lap.

Newgarden Receives Largest Payout In 500 History

The Indianapolis 500 purse file was shattered for the third yr in a row after a weather-delayed 108th Working of the Indianapolis 500 introduced by Gainbridge, with two-time race winner Josef Newgarden of Staff Penske incomes $4.288 million from a complete purse of $18,456,000.

“What an honor to be up right here, I promise I didn’t count on to be up right here once more, however I didn’t count on to be up right here final yr,” Newgarden stated. “Indy has a tough and merciless manner of pulling you again to actuality.

“Final yr was an amazing privilege to be right here. I felt that final yr and I felt it once more on Race Day. I get pleasure from driving the automobile. It’s an important weekend. To be right here on Memorial Day and have a good time this race collectively is a large honor.

“When you meet somebody who has by no means been to the Indianapolis 500 and so they get to go and see it, it’s an emotional experience. To be right here as we speak to run a race may be very, very particular. It’s an honor to be part of this workforce.

Newgarden Receives Largest Payout In 500 History

“Pato O’Ward, my goodness, what a champion. You’re a nice competitor. Among the best on the earth. We’re glad you’re in IndyCar. The race we had on the finish; we don’t know the way it was going to unfold. However you may have received that race.”

Newgarden’s purse included a $440,000 roll-over bonus from BorgWarner for earning back-to-back wins within the “The Biggest Spectacle in Racing.” The jackpot increases by $20,000 every year however has solely been awarded one different time since its inception when Helio Castroneves won the Indy 500 in each 2001 and 2002.

Second-place finisher Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren Racing took home $1,050,500, exceeding the take-home prize for final yr’s second-place finisher.

“Newgarden Receives Largest Payout In 500 History”

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