Check Out the Hot Wheels Indy 500 Trophy!
We’ve shared with you before the awesomeness that is the Borg Warner Indianapolis 500 winner’s trophy. In fact, we’ve brought you along for the trophy unveiling ceremony of 2013’s winner, Tony Kanaan, and Ryan Hunter Reay and Juan Pablo Montoya in 2014 and 2015.
This is year is very special though, it’s the 100th running of the most famous race in the world, and not only is the entire city of Indianapolis going crazy over it, but the burden of responsibility and pressure to perform is at an all-time high for every race team and driver that’s itching to write their name in the history books.
Besides being immortalized as the 100th winner, this year’s victor will be the 100th face added to the Borg Warner trophy, and to commemorate that; Hot Wheels has added their unique and awesome twist to the iconic trophy. Instead of adding the winner’s faces as it is tradition, they created a total of 99 Hot Wheels cars inspired by each of the drivers’ backgrounds, hobbies, persona, etc.
For example, 1975 Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser from the Unser racing dynasty had to sleep in a station wagon during his rookie year at the yard of bricks. Hot Wheels took notice of that and designed a station wagon with a racing livery for his 1975 die-cast car. It’s all in the details!
2014 winner of the Indy 500 Ryan Hunter Reay was present at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to unveil the Hot Wheels Borg Warner, and I have a feeling he was just as excited to see this toy version of it as he was the real deal back in 2014. It’s super cool!
Can’t make it to the track to see the trophy? No problem! The Hot Wheels Indy 500 trophy will reside at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum once it leaves the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30. You can also check out this awesome behind-the-scenes video on how the whole thing came to life.
See you at the track… or museum!