NASCAR drivers may not grab the highlights on Sportscenter, or may not even be what some people call “athletes”. But make no mistake, motorsports are strenuous, difficult, and require a great deal of skill and manual dexterity. It’s only right that the men who take a job zooming cars within inches of each other are paid accordingly.
Here are the 15 NASCAR drivers who earned themselves quite the payday with their illustrious careers.
15. Jimmie Johnson – $40,000,000
A two-time Daytona 500 winner, with victories in 2006 and 2013, Johnson also became the first racing driver to become Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year (U.S.) in 2009, and has won Driver of the Year five times, most recently in 2013. He also topped Forbes.com’s Most Influential Athletes list for two consecutive years (2011, 2012).