Tony Kanaan took in more than $2 million and a friendly amount of jokes and shaving cream during Monday night’s Indianapolis 500 banquet.
Kanaan’s winnings in the total of more than $12 million came out to $2,353,355. His victory speech, linked here to Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR, was a mix of humor, reflection on his elusive first win and appreciation for all who’ve supported him in this quest.
Carlos Munoz was officially named Chase Rookie-of-the-Year after his stellar month in a fifth Andretti Autosport entry. Munoz started and finished second in his IndyCar debut. He pocketed $964,205, including a $25,000 bonus from Chase.
Each of the top five finishers – Kanaan, Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson – took in more than $300,000 in total winnings. Ed Carpenter, the Verizon P1 award winner, took in a total of $405,955.
There were other drivers who took star turns during a quite comical banquet. Will Power, the Verizon Team Penske driver, took shots at Target, while Target Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon traded sarcastic jibes back at the Australian. James Hinchcliffe and Conor Daly each had speeches related to “mom’s basements,” with Hinchcliffe one of two drivers to joke that “he found God” during the race.
“He resides on the exit of Turn 2 at Indy. Who knew?” said the colorful Canadian. AJ Allmendinger, meanwhile, said Roger Penske to him was “God” and that it felt like walking with God en route to driver introductions from Gasoline Alley.
Katherine Legge made a joke about having a glass of wine in advance, and Ana Beatriz took the opportunity to note Simona de Silvestro “copied” her red dress, and dismiss the joke marriage proposal she got from a Brazilian comedian before the race. Beatriz was the race’s biggest mover, from 29th to 15th.
The official box score with all winnings is listed here.