As a child we used to play car racing games in the video games. When we grew old we watch some of the amazing car racing sports live on the television. The super fast running cars and their drivers with their driving skills amuses a lot. It is considered as one of the most taxing and lucrative sport in the world.
The car racing drivers though put their life at risk by running their cars at a super fast speed; they get a hell lot of money for that. Here we have enlisted the top ten highest paid and equally successful car race drivers in 2018 who have done really well in their sport. So, check them out!
10. Denny Hamlin:
Born on 18th November 1980, James Dennis Alan “Denny” Hamlin is one of the most popular car racing driver of the time. He is an American professional stock car racing driver who earns around $15.1 million making him the tenth highest paid car race driver of the era. Driving the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing he recently completed his full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Apart from being the full time he also drives the No. 20 Camry for JGR as part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He has won the championships in the year 2016 in Daytona 500, 2015 in Sprint All-Star Race, 2014 in Aaron’s 499, 2010 in Southern 500. Apart from these he is also a proud winner of Sprint Unlimited thrice and Budweiser Duel twice.
9. Kevin Harvick:
6th December 1975 born Kevin Harvick is one of the most well known and renowned car race drivers worldwide. He is an American professional stock car racing driver who has the earning of around $ 15.5 million making him the eighth richest car race driver all around the world. As for now he drives Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Hass Racing in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Apart from that as a part time he is in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 41 Ford Mustang for SHR. He has won many awards and accolades during his entire car racing journey. In the coming days it is expected that Kevin will elevate his earnings and net worth manifolds.
8. Nico Rosberg:
Born on 27th June 1985, Nico Erik Rosberg with his earning of $19 million holds the seventh position in the top ten list. He is a German–Finnish former Formula One racing driver who holds the nationality of both Germany and Finland because of his German wife Sina Rosberg. He can speak 5 different languages but not Finnish. And due to this he race for both the countries in different championships. In the year 2016 Championship he managed to hold second position. Recently he outnumbered Lewis Hamilton by 26 points and gained the first position. With his amazing racing skills it is expected that his earning will shoot considerably this year.
7. Jeff Gordon:
Jeff is an American former professional stock car racing driver who was born on 4th August 1971. Presently he works as an announcer for Fox NASCAR. He is one of the most significant figures in the world of car racing sports. Since 1993 to 2015 he used to drive the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in 23 full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons. He also played as a substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr in the year 2016 season which was one big accomplishment for him. In his entire car racing career he managed to won 93 times. He has won the Sprint Cup Championship four times and the Daytona three times making him one of the most influential car drivers of all time. With $25 million earnings he is one of the top ten highest paid car race drivers.
6. Jimmie Johnson:
Jimmie has managed to won many awards and championship in his entire car racing journey. Born on 17th November 1975, Jimmie Kenneth Johnson is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is a proud seven-time champion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In his first season he ended up in the fifth position, second in 2003 and 2004 and again fifth in the next year. He is the only racer in the history who managed to get ranked first in five consecutive years from 2007 to 2011. In the year 2016 he tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt and won his 7th championship adding glory and pride in his career. With $25 million he gets number six position in our list.
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.:
born on 10th October 1974, Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. is at number five with the estimated net worth of around $ 30 million. Passion for car racing runs in the blood since his father Dale Earnhardt is also one of the prominent car racer of his time. He was NASCAR Hall of fame. Almost all of his family members were in the same field like his grandfather Ralph Earnhardt, brother Kelley Earnhardt-Miller, uncle Jeffrey Earnhardt, the stepson of Teresa Earnhardt. He was nicknamed as ‘Pied Piper’ of Daytona considering the fact that he won the Daytona 500 two times. Totalling his value from various endorsement deals and the sports, he has elevated his net worth manifolds in the past years.
4. Kimi Raikkonen:
Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, more popularly known as The Ice Man is born on 17th October 1979 and is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One. During his entire car racing career he managed to grab a lot of awards and championships like the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011. Later he joined Lotus and continued to drive for it. After this Ferrari signed Kimi Raikkonen in the year 2013 for two years which later got extended until 2017 end. With his earning of around $27 million, he is reported to be the fourth richest and highest paid car race driver of the time. His other endorsements are the add-ons to his net worth.
3. Sebastian Vettel:
Sebastian Vettel is one of the most popular name in the world of car racing. If you watch him going on his four wheels in the arena you would go head over heels for him. His playing style and amazing records have made people follow him regularly. Sebastian is a German racing driver born on 3rd July 1987 and at present drives in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari. He won consequently with Red Bull Racing for four years as 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 giving a tough competition to his fellow racers. Being just 29 years of age, Sebastian has made a great deal being one successful car racer in such an age. He is reported to have an estimated net worth of around $ 30 million making in under the top three highest paid car racing drivers.
2. Fernando Alonso:
Born on 29th July 1981, Fernando Alonso Díaz was nicknamed as El Nano by his fellow car racers. He is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and has won the World Championship twice. He is indeed one of the greatest and fastest formula car race drivers. With the earnings of around $35 million, Fernando Alonso is the second highest paid car race driver of the time. He also holds the privilege of being the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He is the only Spanish driver who has managed to won a Formula One Grand Prix. It is expected that the way he is excelling, his net worth will elevate in the coming years.
1. Lewis Hamilton:
The shotgun of car racing of the present era is Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton. He is the most popular and renowned British Formula One racing driver from England who was born on 7th January 1985. He has made the maximum wins to his name and is being regarded as the best Formula One driver till date. In the year 2008 he won his first title along with Mclaren. Later he moved to Mercedes where he managed to grab number of titles in the year 2014 and 2015. He has won the Formula One World Championship three times in his entire career. His net worth, $40 million and earnings are more than any other car race driver which make him the top notch car race driver of the present time.
These are those Formula One race drivers who have amazed people all around the world by their racing style. This is the reason why they have billions of fan and followers making them popular worldwide. The earnings and total net worth of them are highest than many fellow drivers making them get a respectable position in the sports.