Kanaan earns more than $2.3 million for Indy win

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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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.