Racing has been one of the greatest sports to humankind. The sport of racing has evolved through the years. Likewise, car racing is very prevalent and the industry is huge. Car racing is appreciated all over the world.
Drivers compete with each other in one same track for that glorious victory. It’s thrilling as well as exciting to watch those moments. The industry of car racing not just involves the sport but also several different endorsements, franchise, merchandises, etc. The money in this industry is just huge. Race driver who have had an excellent career in racing owns big bucks. And relating to this, a list of highest paid race car drivers has been described below.
List of the world’s Top 10 Highest Paid Race Car Drivers in 2017.
10. Carl Edwards (net worth – $50 million)
Carl Edwards is one of the highest paid race car drivers as he has had multiple victories in his racing career. His victories include 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship, NEXTEL Cup Series and several others. But among all the championships, Carl Edwards mainly focuses on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He’s been on this game since 2002.
9. Matt Kenseth (net worth – 60 million)
Matthey Roy Kenseth began racing at the age of 16 and later on started his professional career in racing. In 2000, Kenseth won the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’ series. His son Ross Kenseth is also a stock race car driver. He is also very popular in the racing world and he is one of the highest paid race car drivers.
8. Richard Petty (net worth – $65 million)
Richard Lee Petty is nicknamed as the king. Richard Petty has won the NASCAR championship 7 times. In his professional racing career, he has had almost 200 races. Richard Petty holds several victories over his racing career and he was retired after the 1992 season. Richard Petty comes under the NASCAR hall of fame. He is also one of the highest paid race car drivers in the world.
7. Mark Martin (net worth – $70 million)
One of the highest paid sportsmen in the world Mark Martin who started to appear in the world of racing during the late 1970s. He has also been named ‘rookie of the year’. So far Mark Martin has won 49 Nationwide Series races and 40 Sprint Cup races. He has got a great number of fan following and he is also very popular. Mark Martin comes under the highest paid race car drivers.
6. Tony Stewart (net worth – $70 million)
Tony Stewart is one professional race car driver who has been very successful in his professional racing career. It has been said that Tony Stewart was a competitive racer right from his childhood days. Tony Stewart holds several victories including Nextel Cup, Winston Cup, IndyCar championship and NASCAR championship. He has also been sponsored by several big brands including Coca-Cola and Subway. He is therefore one of the highest paid race car drivers.
5. Kevin Harvick (net worth – $70 million)
Kevin Harvick has been considered to be one of the most successful drivers. His has won Camping World Truck Series 9 times, Nationwide series 37 times and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 14 times. His other victories include Brickyard 400, Southern 500, Coca Cola 600 and Daytona 500. Besides being a successful racer, he is also a philanthropist. Kevin Harvick is one of the highest paid race car drivers.
4. Dale Earnhardt Sr. (net worth – $70 million)
Nicknames as The Intimidator, Dale Earnhardt has been considered to be one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time. He has won a total of 76 races in his racing career. He has also been inducted into the NASCAR hall of fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame. He definitely comes under the highest paid race car drivers.
3. Jimmie Johnson (net worth – $120 million)
As Jimmie Johnson is one of the best race car drivers, it has been said that Jimmie Jonson started racing motorcycles when he was 4 years old. He began stock racing in 1998. Jimmie Johnson is also one of the most successful race car drivers as he has had countless victories in his professional racing career.
2. Jeff Gordon (net worth – $200 million)
Jeff Gordon is one of the most successful and wealthiest race car drivers across the world. He holds numerous victories which counts to over 90 wins. He comes under the list of the greatest drivers of NASCAR. In the list of 25 greatest drivers of all time, ESPN ranked him in number 10.
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (net worth – $300 million)
Son of Dale Earnhardt Sr, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a very successful race car driver. Racing has been in the blood of Earnhardt’s. He holds major victories, great endorsements and even his cars are famous and have been featured in Hollywood movies. He comes on top of the highest paid race car drivers.
So these are the highest paid race car drivers so far. This top 10 list has been organized according to 2017.