Car Racing is one of the most taxing and at the same time one of the most lucrative sports in the world. Not only are race car driver crazy famous but are also paid mullah. Racing has been a fixation of humans for a long time. Ever since humans first started riding other animals, there have been races. Be it solo riding races or chariot races, but humans are addicted to speed and enjoying the nail-biting finishes of races. Though chariot racing has gone out of fashion now, they are replaced by bigger and meaner monsters called race cars. Here we take a look at Top 10 Highest Paid Race Car Drivers.
Top 10 Highest Paid Race Car Drivers
At number 10 in Highest Paid Race Car Drivers is Denny Hamlin. He is full-time racer Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while also being a part timer in Xfinity Series. He is the 2016 Daytona 500 winner along with wins like 2015 Sprint All Star Race, 2014 Aaron’s 499, 2010 Southern 500, Sprint Unlimited winner (three times) and Budweiser Duel winner (twice). A promising rookie when he started out, he won Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2006. Now he earns $15.1 million a year, making him one of the richest stock car racers.
At number 9 is Kevin Harvick. He is a stock car racer currently driving Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Hass Racing in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kevin also drives part time in the XFinity Series. He is a 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and two times XFinity Series Champion. With 46 wins, he also has the third highest wins in XFinity series and also has the all time record for cup wins at Phoenix International Raceway with 8 wins. Considering his great run, no wonder he is one of the top paid stock car racers with an income of $15.5 million.
At number 8 in Highest Paid Race Car Drivers is Nico Rosberg. He is a criminally underrated racer because of the presence of racers like Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton. Despite that Nico is one of the best racers of currently who managed to finish at 2nd place last year and is currently in first position in F1 Championship 2016 ahead of Lewis Hamilton by 26 points. Because of his dual citizenship, he has raced for both Finland and Germany. Though he earned $19 million last year making him one of the highest earning F1 drivers, we have a feeling he will pocket an even bigger check this year.
At number 7 in Highest Paid Race Car Drivers is Jeff Gordon. Sometimes it feels Jeff Gordon has been racing for as long as we remember considering the fact that he is 45 now. One of the greats of the modern era of NASCAR, he is 3rd on all time Cup wins list with 93 wins. He is four-time Sprint Cup Champion and won the Daytona three times. He often makes it to lists of greatest NASCAR racers of all time, not only because of his achievements but also his durability. Even at the twilight of his career, he has raked in $21.6 million last year. He is one of the top 10 race car drivers of all time.
At number 6 in Highest Paid Race Car Drivers is Jimmie Johnson. He is a stock car racing driver and six time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. He is the only driver in NASCAR history to win 5 consecutive championships. In 2013, he won his 6th and is only behind Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in most championships won. With earnings close to $22.2 million last year, he is one of the highest paid NASCAR drivers.