Tom Sneva and the Bignotti-Cotter racing team received a record winner's share of $385,886 of a record $2.4 million purse tonight at the annual Indianapolis 500 Victory Dinner.
Sneva, who will be 35 Wednesday, beat Al Unser Sr. by 11.19 seconds Sunday to win his first Indianapolis 500. His purse made him the sixth-highest career winner in 500 history with a 10-year total of $962,295.
The only drivers who have earned more at the Speedway oval are four-time winner A.J. Foyt, three-time winners Al and Bobby Unser and Johnny Rutherford, and two-time champ Gordon Johncock. Each has more than $1 million in prizes.
Normally, the driver keeps a predetermined percentage of the winnings, with the rest going to the car owner and crew. But a victory in the world's most prestigious auto race can be worth an extra million or more to the driver in endorsements.
The Speedway announced a total purse of $2,411,450 for the 67th running of the 500.Last year's purse was a record $2,067,475.
The former record winner's share of $318,819 was set by Rutherford in 1980.