Tony Kanaan Wins Indy 500, Earns Big Bucks
Tony Kanaan won the Indy 500 on Sunday, earning a staggering payday of $2,353,355 out of an overall purse of $12,020,065.
Back in 2004, Kanaan came in first in the IndyCar Championship. With his winnings, the racecar driver bought himself a Ferrari. Now, with this more sizeable sum, Kanaan is contemplating the purchase of a house, according to USA Today.
In the 97th Indianapolis 500, Kanaan, on his 12th try in the race, set a number of records; among them was his fifth-consecutive top-five finish. But the elite driver isn’t satisfied yet. There’s always another new goal, including for Kanaan, a repeat first place finish in the Indy 500.
“What drives us to do it again is the feeling you get afterward," Kanaan told USA Today Sports. "The feeling of this is what you get addicted to. I think what drives us in trying to get another one is what I felt after the race. Now I can tell you that this is the motivation. Before, I didn't know what to expect. I was like, 'Man, can I do this?' "