What an incredible evening it was last night at one of my favorite places ever, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We were lucky enough to attend the unveiling of the beautiful Borg-Warner trophy, and the addition of the face of the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner.
FACE? Yes, it sounds weird, but in case you are not familiar with the Indy 500 traditions, every year the driver that wins the grueling Indy 500 race gets his face molded into a tiny sculpture that is then placed on the side of the trophy, along with his name and top MPH speed. Last year, it was all about a crowd favorite; Tony Kanaan, but 2014 saw the return of an American driver to victory lane, Ryan Hunter Reay.
We follow a lot of racing series and attend a lot of Motorsport events, Indycar, Formula 1, MotoGP, domestic, international, you name it and we’ve covered it. And the one thing I always share with everyone is the fact that MOST Indycar drivers are real people, they are friendly, the appreciate their fans and do the most for them. They take the time to sign autographs, they talk to you and they truly appreciate you for spending $50 on a hat. Have you ever met up with a Formula 1 driver during a race weekend? Right, neither have I.
So if you live in Indy, get involved! Follow @IMS and find out all the events they put together for their fans, bring your kids to the IMS Kids Club. I can guarantee you you’ll have a blast, meet some race car drivers and leave with a smile.
It was bitter-sweet to leave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum last night. It suddenly hit me that we have a long off-season ahead of us and things will quiet down for a bit. Until then, congratulations to Ryan Hunter Reay, his amazing Wife Beccy and son Ryden, Andretti Autosport and Honda. See you in 2015!
Vicki F saysDecember 8, 2014 at 9:51 am
How interesting! That trophy is incredible. The faces are really cool. I had no idea that this was being done. I enjoyed learning about this!
Erin S. saysDecember 8, 2014 at 10:56 am
Wow! I never knew this. That is a really neat trophy.
Nicole Howell saysDecember 8, 2014 at 11:51 am
How exciting! Most of the males in my family are race fans. They would LOVE to attend an event like that!
Jeanine saysDecember 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Wow. That is a cool looking trophy.
Tea saysDecember 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm
For me Borg-Warner trophy looks really unique!
Harriet saysDecember 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm
I would love to see that museum some day. I am not that far away from it.
vidya sudarsan saysDecember 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm
Wow! that’s an amazing trophy! Sounds like a fun event.
Terri Ramsey Beavers saysDecember 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm
That is one huge trophy for sure. Thanks for sharing. My dad used to race at Daytona Speedway in his younger years. I always loved going to the races.
kungphoo saysDecember 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm
Very cool, I like the face idea for the trophy, totally original… It seems like the trophy will have to keep getting bigger!
Giveaways 4 Mom saysDecember 8, 2014 at 9:26 pm
I bet this was a super fun event to attend.
Stephanie Keeping saysDecember 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm
Wow! Sounds like you had fun and that’s a big trophy!
agatapokutycka saysDecember 9, 2014 at 8:32 am
Wow; it is huge! I had no idea it will be so big.
Melissa Smith saysDecember 9, 2014 at 9:29 am
Wow, I never knew all of that! But talk about one amazing trophy – congrats to all the faces on it!
Krista saysDecember 9, 2014 at 10:05 am
Wow that trophy is beautiful! What a great experience!
Joanna Sormunen saysDecember 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm
What an incredible trophy! And so interesting, I never knew all this before!
Eliz Frank saysDecember 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm
What a beautiful inside glimpse of the motor-racing world. I’ve always admired the skill and adrenaline in the sport and I’m glad to see that amazing trophy added to the line up.