Lewis Hamilton tops British sporting rich list

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s richest sportsman after increasing his wealth by £20m ($30.3m) in the past year.

Hamilton clinched his second world title at last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following a season-long battle with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, and has won three of the first four races of the 2015 season.

He is doing very well off track as well, it seems, with The Sunday Times in London naming him as the wealthiest sportsman in Britain as part of its annual ‘rich list’.

The newspaper publishes a list of the 1,000 wealthiest people in Great Britain every year, but has released the sporting rich list one day ahead of the full ranking.

Hamilton remains in pole position from 2014 after increasing his personal wealth from £68m to £88m ($133m) in the past year. With a new contract soon to be signed with Mercedes as well, this figure is only set to rise in the coming years.

He is joined on the rich list by McLaren’s Jenson Button, who sits third on £71m ($107m), £1m behind Manchester United and England soccer captain Wayne Rooney (£72m).

Tennis player Andy Murray sits fourth on the list on £48m ahead of Queen’s Park Rangers’ soccer player Rio Ferdinand and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, who are fifth and sixth respectively.

Miami Heat’s British basketball player Luol Deng is joint-seventh alongside Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on £40m, ahead of New York City FC’s Frank Lampard in ninth (£39m). Nick Faldo (golf), Ryan Giggs (soccer), Rory McIlroy (golf) and Arsene Wenger (soccer) were joint-tenth on £38m.

The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 – Britain’s Richest Sportsmen and Managers

Wealth has been converted to USD, as per xe.com.

1. Lewis Hamilton (F1) $133m
2. Wayne Rooney (soccer) $109m
3. Jenson Button (F1) $107m
4. Andy Murray (tennis) $73m
5. Rio Ferdinand (soccer) $67m
6. Steven Gerrard (soccer) $64m
=7. Luol Deng (basketball) $61m
=7. Jose Mourinho (soccer) $61m
9. Frank Lampard (soccer) $59m
=10. Nick Faldo (golf) $58m
=10. Ryan Giggs (soccer) $58m
=10. Rory McIlroy (golf) $58m
=10. Arsene Wenger (soccer) $58m

How IndyCar rookie Sting Ray Robb got that name (and some more of his backstory)

IndyCar Sting Ray Robb
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Every NTT IndyCar Series season brings a new round of getting to know the rookies, and it’s fairly obvious where the story starts with Sting Ray Robb.

Just for clarification, “Robb” is the last name. His given name indeed is “String Ray” on the birth certificate.

Why, yes, he does come from performance-car parentage.

And yes, the IndyCar rookie named “Sting Ray” will be driving the No. 51 Dallara-Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware.

How did that go over with a mom and dad who clearly prefer American automotive brands?

“That’s a tricky question,” Robb said with a laugh Tuesday during the IndyCar Preseason Content Days. “Yeah, my parents are big Corvette fans, and I think that they ruled out criticizing me too badly because they know the dream is IndyCar.”

“I’ll be in a Honda car and I’m assuming it’ll go pretty quick, so I’m OK with all of that.”

“They’re not going to rename you ‘NSX’ or something?” asked Motorsport.com’s David Malsher-Lopez (whose bitingly sardonic wit is regularly heard in IndyCar media centers).

“No. I hope not,” Robb said. “My name is my name. I don’t need a rename, thank you.”

Robb, 21, has been making a name for himself lately, finishing second in last year’s Indy NXT standings with 11 top-five finishes, eight podiums and two pole positions.

But the Payette, Idaho, native also has an intriguing backstory beyond his successful four years in the Road to Indy ladder system (that also included the 2020 Indy Pro title).

He hails from the same small town (northwest of Boise on the Oregon border) that produced Minnesota Twins slugger and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.

Robb, whose graduating class was less than 100, recently found that Wikipedia listed him and Killebrew as the “notable alumni” from Payette High School.

“It’s nice to be see and appreciate all the things that I’ve learned and been through,” said Robb, who also played some baseball in his day, adding that “I’m more of a consistent singles hitter, slap hitter if you want to call it. No home runs, just doubles or triples here and there.”

Some other facts on the newest memorable name of IndyCar:

–He’s managed by Pieter Rossi (father of Alexander Rossi, the 2016 Indy 500 winner), but he also gets a lot of help from his mother, Kimmie.

“We call her my ‘momager’ because she’s my mom and my manager,” Robb said. “She has been a huge role in my career because she does things that I’m unable to do as a driver.

“She’s able to play hardball with the contracts, etc., and have my best interest in mind when it comes to negotiating, along with Pieter. He may be someone that has a lot of experience in the series with Alexander, but he may not know what’s best for me. It’s good to have them both on my side, and I can learn a lot from them.”

–His family have been lifelong supporters since go-karting. “It was my mom, my dad, my grandparents on the road every weekend,” he said. “My dad has missed one race in my entire life, and it was because he was in the hospital. So we let him have a pass, and he was still on the phone every 30 minutes making sure that tire pressure was right, engine temp was right, we had the right gear on the car, etc.”

–Robb graduated high school a year early to focus on racing after being home-schooled as a child. “I went to someone’s house actually, and she taught me from the time I was in pre-K through sixth grade,” Robb said. “So in seventh grade I started going to public school, and I hate to say it, but I feel like I stopped learning after that point. But it was OK. I got some social skills, lucky for you guys.”

–He also has a wild story about how he landed his current ride during a random encounter in a trip to the gym (which you can read about here).