Unveiling new faces on the Borg-Warner Trophy

Published On December 7, 2016 » 4061 Views» By John Schwarb » Blogs, IMS, Indy 500

The Borg-Warner Trophy, arguably the greatest trophy in sports (not arguable here, of course), weighs about 110 pounds but puts on a few more ounces every year with the addition of the newest Indianapolis 500 winner.

Other iconic sports trophies add names — hockey’s Stanley Cup and the British Open’s Claret Jug, to name two — but the Borg is unique in adding a bas-relief likeness of the winner, sculpted by acclaimed artist William Behrends.

To see one’s image on the Borg-Warner is to see racing immortality. How must that feel? Alexander Rossi, winner of the 100th Indy 500, will find out tonight as his likeness is unveiled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. (The public is invited to attend at 5 p.m. at no additional cost atop museum admission.) Here’s snapshots of the nights where the 97th, 98th and 99th “500” champions met their images on the Borg-Warner.

Juan Pablo Montoya, 2015.

Juan Pablo Montoya, 2015.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2014. (With son Ryden touching Dad's likeness.)

Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2014. (With son Ryden touching Dad’s likeness.)

Tony Kanaan, 2013.

Tony Kanaan, 2013.



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John Schwarb

I joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications team in July 2014 and love sharing stories from the World Capital of Racing, particularly its rich history. Most of my professional career has been in racing or golf, so if I'm not in the IMS media center, the office at 16th and Georgetown or milling around Gasoline Alley, maybe I'll be standing over a birdie putt at Brickyard Crossing. Follow us at @IMS or drop me a line at @JohnSchwarb and come back to the blog often for more stories.