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BorgWarner Captures Indy Win On Famed Borg-Warner Trophy

In Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), BorgWarner President and CEO, Frédéric Lissalde, presented the Borg-Warner Tropy to the 2021 Indianapolis 500 winner, Helio Castroneves of Brazil. Paving his way to victory, Castroneves, who drives for Meyer Shank Racing, led 20 of 200 laps and averaged 190.690 mph, a race record.

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Keeping with the time-honored tradition, Castroneves face will be sculpted and fastened to the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy – becoming the 108th face to adorn the 110-pound sterling silver trophy. As one of the most recognized trophies in the world, this coveted prize has become a symbol of achieving the apex of racing performance and symbolizes Castroneves’ triumph.

“BorgWarner is thrilled to present the Borg-Warner Trophy to Helio Castroneves, as the winner of the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500,” said Lissalde. “Crossing the finish line is no small feat and this trophy is a tribute to the many revered drivers that have achieved this remarkable accomplishment. I am honored to be rewarding Castroneves’ hard work, passion and dedication as he joins the ranks of his fellow accomplished drivers.”

This year, an estimated 135,000 fans were back in the stands of historic IMS and cheered on Castroneves as he captured his fourth win. For Meyer Shank Racing it was their first Indy 500 victory. Castroneves started the race in 8th and took the checkered flag by 0.492 seconds over Alex Palou of Spain. Defending race winner Takuma Sato of Japan finished 14thand pole sitter Scott Dixon from New Zealand finished 17th. 

BorgWarner’s participation in the Indianapolis 500 race goes further than presenting the Trophy. BorgWarner’s Engineered for Racing (EFR) turbochargers have been featured on every NTT IndyCar Series car since 2012 and boosts the field of cars at every race. The turbochargers are recognized for their unparalleled combination of advanced technologies by providing a reliable and powerful performance in the most strenuous situations. The EFR turbochargers can reach speeds of more than 200 mph throughout the race. The low-weight Gamma-TiAl (titanium aluminide) turbine wheels and shaft assemblies give a boost response while the patented dual-row ceramic ball bearing cartridges offer larger thrust load capacity, resilience and turbine proficiency at low expansion ratios. 

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For 11 months a year, it pays tribute to many of the most
revered drivers in auto racing history. During the month of
May, however, it becomes the focal point of dreams and
aspirations for more than 33 drivers, a reminder of the glory
and tradition associated with winning the fabled Indianapolis
500-Mile Race. And on just one day each year, it is awarded
to the newest champion of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”
It is the Borg-Warner Trophy, one of the most coveted
trophies in the world of sports, awarded annually to the
champion of the Indianapolis 500.

With the capture of the checkered flag at the Indianapolis
500 comes the honor of having one’s face sculpted onto the
77-year-old trophy (as of 2013).  Separate squares are
affixed to its sterling-silver body, on which each winner’s face,
name and winning year are permanently etched.

In 1935, the Borg-Warner Automotive Company commissioned
designer Robert J. Hill and Gorham, Inc., of Providence, R.I.,
to create the trophy at a cost of $10,000.  The trophy was
refurbished in 1992 and was valued at $3.5 million in 2013.

Unveiled at a 1936 dinner hosted by then-Speedway owner
Eddie Rickenbacker, the Borg-Warner Trophy was officially
declared the annual prize for Indianapolis 500 victors. It was
first presented that same year to champion Louis Meyer,
who remarked, “Winning the Borg-Warner Trophy is like
winning an Olympic medal.”

Besides displaying Indianapolis 500 champions, the trophy
features a 24-karat gold head portrait of the late Speedway
Owner and President Anton “Tony” Hulman in tribute to his
rejuvenation of the track and the Indianapolis 500 after World
War II. Hulman’s image was added in 1988.

An American silversmith was commissioned each year to
create the new champion’sportrait/sculpture in bas-relief for
placement on the trophy.  Beginning in 1990, Will Behrends
has scuplted each bust since (as of 2020.)

The winner of the Indianapolis 500 does not get to keep the
Borg-Warner Trophy. It is permanently housed and displayed
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Each May, the Borg-Warner Trophy is featured at a number
of Indianapolis 500 events, including the drivers’ meeting at
the track and the 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis,
both on the day before the race. Immediately after each race,
the trophy is hoisted into Victory Circle with the winning car and
driver for photographs.


THE BABY BORG

Drivers now get a miniature version of the trophy. Officially
called the BorgWarner Championship Driver’s Trophy, it is
affectionately referred to as the “Baby Borg.”

Starting in 1936, the winner of the race received a wooden
plaque with a small, half replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy
affixed on it as their take-home prize.

After the 1988 Public Drivers’ Meeting, Mears inquired with
BorgWarner representatives about how much it would cost to
get two more halves of the replica trophy, because he wanted
to build miniature versions of the trophy on a base.  He also
wanted a copy of his face that is featured on the Borg-Warner
Trophy that he could put on that base.

The next day, Mears won his third “500,”  He got a call a month
later from BorgWarner telling him that they were creating a new
trophy, called a “Baby Borg” that was exactly what Mears had
described.

In January 1989, Mears received a 14-inch version of the Borg-
Warner Trophy with his likeness sculpted on the black marble
base, and so has every winning driver since.  Beginning In
1997, the winning car owner also has been awarded a “Baby
Borg.”

Here is a humorous article from an English newspaper
upon Dan Wheldon's 2005 Indy 500 victory.

Dan Wheldon with winning car and Borg-Warner Trophy

WHEN they say that the Indianapolis 500 is one of the
biggest prizes in motor sport, they’re not kidding. As this
week’s pictures of Dan Wheldon, the hitherto unremarked
British driver who fabulously covered himself in glory at this
year’s Indy 500, firmly reminded us, the Borg-Warner
Trophy is one of the biggest prizes in sport, full stop. For
successfully skimming round America’s most famous oval
circuit for 500 miles at the kind of speeds normally
achieved in this country only by off-duty policemen,
Wheldon found himself adjacent to a lump of silverware so
vast that it mocks the very idea of a mantelpiece.
Now, when it comes to trophies, motor racing has always
been ready to nudge the boundaries of unwieldiness. One
thinks of Formula One, with its silver-plated wheelie bins
and metallic paddling pools. But the Borg-Warner goes the
extra mile. It appears to have been snapped off the back
end of a cathedral and, with the fairly straightforward
addition of a door, could easily be converted into walk-in
storage for garden tools.

Research indicates that this is just about the only trophy in
world sport that stands as tall as the person likely to win it –
and that’s including the prizes on offer in horse racing,
where the odds on that kind of thing happening are,
obviously, shorter. Sportspeople being human, it’s
implausible that the sight of Wheldon cavorting near this
shiny monument won’t have caused a nationwide outbreak
of that familiar phenomenon: trophy envy. Even Steven
Gerrard, who was so recently privileged enough to claim
ownership of the European Cup — not exactly a shy trophy
itself — must have spent at least a moment thinking to
himself, “but look what that other guy got”.

Wheldon is the first British winner of the Indianapolis 500
since Graham Hill in 1966. So, in a sense, the Borg-
Warner Trophy is coming home. Or, at least, it would be if
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ever let the thing out of
its sight. (It was commissioned for Indianapolis in 1936 by
the Borg-Warner Automotive company and since it was
reconditioned, in 1992, it has been valued at $3.5 million.)

Instead, Wheldon walked away with a considerably more
portable 18-inch replica, a “mini-Borg”, which winning
drivers have received since 1989. But that’s probably just
as well. Since September 11, there isn't an airline in the
world that would accept an item such as the Borg-Warner
Trophy as carry-on luggage.  Our understanding is that the
trophy breaks down into at least three separate stages,
not unlike the rockets that carried men to the moon all
those years ago. You’ve got the domed top section,
capped with the figure of a marshal wielding the
chequered flag. (More than that, an apparently naked
marshal, and you don’t see too many of those these days,
what with the general tightening of safety measures.)
Below comes the vast cup area, with its thrillingly
implausible handles forming a track-style motif that is
almost broad enough to drive on, and with its body
barnacled with the busts of previous champions, each one
the size of a clenched fist. Beneath that, doing the hard
work of supporting the structure, is the knee-high circular
plinth, again gargoyled with previous winners and soon to
include the head of Wheldon. But even with the trophy
disassembled, the would-be exporter would have little
option but to crate and ship.

By Giles Smith
The Times
June 4, 2005

Bobby Rahal, Buddy Rice, David Letterman photo with mini-borg trophy
side view of Borg-Warner Trophy photo

2004 Indy 500 Champ Buddy Rice and
team owners Bobby Rahal and David
Letterman with their mini-Borgs.

Side view of Borg-Warner Trophy
The Indianapolis 500 Trophy
Other Indianapolis Motor Speedway Trophies

Before the 1911, there were numerous shorter auto races
held at the Indy Speedway in 1909 & 1910.

There was the Remy Grand Brassard Trophy,  the G&J
Trophy, the Cobe Trophy, the Prest-o-Lite Trophy and the
Wheeler-Schebler Trophy, which was another huge trophy
like the Borg..  Other prize trophies included the winged
Speedway Helmet and the Brassard Arm Band.

Photos of these awards and recipients can be found in
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The trophy arrived in Indianapolis in 1936 from NYC.  It had the winners of the previous
races already on it (1911-1935).

In 1936, Louis Meyer was the first driver to then have his image added to the trophy.

Tony Hulman's likeness is on the trophy and is in gold.

Johnnie Parsons first name is misspelled on the trophy.

The only bust wearing glasses is Tom Sneva.  Bobby Rahal's did wear glasses, but
they fell off and have been lost to the ages.

The faces include two sets of dual victors (one driver started the race and the other
finished it) for 1924 and 1941.

Four-time champions A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser are the only drivers to have
their faces appear more than three times on the trophy. Mears is the only one of those
three to have a new likeness rendered for each of his four victories while Foyt only got
a new face on his last win in 1977.  

Who is the naked man on top of the trophy waving the flag?  He has no name.

After the winner of the 2020 race is added, there will be a total of 117 faces on the trophy.

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How did the Indy 500’s Borg-Warner Trophy become an icon?

You could make a case for the Stanley Cup being of similar stature to the Borg-Warner Trophy… but there’s nothing else in the same ZIP code.

In 1935, the Borg-Warner Corporation – now, BorgWarner Inc. – commissioned a commemorative trophy to honor the Indianapolis 500 winners. The art deco trophy stands 5ft 4.75in high including its base, has handles shaped like wings to represent speed, and weighs in at 110lbs, of which 80lbs is sterling silver.

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But its most remarkable and appealing aspect is the bas-relief images of the Indy 500 winners’ faces on the façade. Borg-Warner executives were completists, and commissioned that the 24 previous winners of the race be represented, before the Trophy made its debut in 1936 to honor race victor Louis Meyer – who had already inadvertently started a tradition by quaffing buttermilk during his post-race celebration. 

There are now 107 bas-relief faces on the Borg-Warner Trophy after 104 Indy 500s run so far. This seemingly anomalous figure accounts for shared rides and one non-driver on the trophy. That non-driver is a 24-carat gold likeness of late Speedway owner and president Anton "Tony" Hulman, Jr., which was added in 1988 in recognition of his rejuvenation of the track and revival of the race after four lost years during World War II.

Given the Borg-Warner Trophy’s value – at the time, $10,000, now insured for $3.5m – the winner doesn’t get to keep it for a year. From 1936 to 1987, winners were given an ornate wood plaque, 20 inches tall and 10 inches wide, incorporating the facade of the Borg-Warner Trophy.

Then the Baby Borg was introduced in 1988 at the suggestion of that year’s Indy 500 winner, Rick Mears. It is an 18-inch high replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy and is also made of sterling silver, but is set on a marble base with a trapezoidal silver plaque for the winning driver's image, name and race information. The bas-relief image is from the same mold and therefore identical to the image on the full-sized trophy.

2020 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato and Bobby Rahal with their Baby Borg-Warner trophies

2020 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato and Bobby Rahal with their Baby Borg-Warner trophies

Photo by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

In 1998, BorgWarner decided to establish the Championship Team Owner’s trophy as a companion to the driver’s trophy, being awarded to the team owner of the winning Indy 500 car. This too is a ‘Baby Borg’ but features a band of art deco racecars accented in gold, to symbolize the importance of teamwork.

BorgWarner Inc.’s current executives must be of similar mind to their predecessors in that they’re keen to honor former drivers retrospectively. Of course, A.J. Foyt has a winning team-owner’s Baby Borg from his win in 1999 with Kenny Brack, while Bobby Unser has a Baby Borg he received in 2003.

But the retro Baby Borgs commemorating the 50th anniversary of Indianapolis 500 wins began in 2013. That January, 1963 winner Parnelli Jones was presented with his Baby Borg by reigning 500 winner Dario Franchitti during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In 2019, on the morning of the Indy 500, Mario Andretti accepted his retro Baby Borg for his 1969 victory as part of the pre-race ceremony before a worldwide audience on NBC.

 

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Since 1990, the creator of these faces has been William Behrends, who has also been commissioned to immortalize Willie Mays, Henry Ford II and Bobby Jones. Each year the winner goes down to Behrends’ studio in Tryon, NC, for the sculpting process. He said: “I work from photographs to put the study together, but they can’t tell you everything. So having the driver in the studio is very important; I can immediately see things that didn’t come across in a photo. It’s invaluable to me to have the driver right here to work with and engage with.

“I have to say I’m enjoying it more every year I do it. There is a challenge because I want this one to be a little bit better than the one last year or the one three years ago, so I keep pushing myself to do better, but I enjoy it; it’s a lot of fun for me.”

Aside from supplying the turbochargers for the current breed of twin-turbo V6s in the back of all IndyCars, BorgWarner’s involvement in the Indy 500 is not confined to the Trophy. The BorgWarner Victory Lane wreath, created by Indianapolis-based florist Bill Cronin, was first seen in 1960, and he held this role until his death in 1989. Since 1992, Julie Harman Vance has created the wreath which takes seven hours, and which includes 33 orchids to represent each driver in the race.

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The Borg-Warner Trophy is the trophy presented to the winner of the Indianapolis 500. It is named for and was commissioned by automotive supplier BorgWarner. It is permanently housed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in Speedway, Indiana. Unveiled at a 1936 dinner hosted by then-Speedway owner Eddie Rickenbacker, the trophy was officially declared the annual prize for Indianapolis 500 victors. It was first presented at the 24th annual 500-mile race, where Louis Meyer, that year's champion and its first recipient, soon thereafter remarked, "Winning the Borg-Warner Trophy is like winning an Olympic medal."

Hélio Castroneves won the 2021 Indianapolis 500, and is the current reigning champion. Each year, the winning driver is presented with a miniature replica ("Baby Borg") during a reception, which for the 2019 race was presented in early September, about three months after the race. Prior to the trophy's inception, the Strauss Trophy (first awarded in 1919) was once presented to the winner. The Wheeler-Schebler Trophy was awarded to the leader at the 400-mile mark, but was retired when car owner Harry Hartz claimed it three times.

History[edit]

The trophy, which has been presented in the winner's circle after every race since 1936, is a very large, multi-tiered item which bears the bas-relief sculpture of the likeness of each driver to have won the race since its inception in 1911. Inscribed are the winner's name, year of victory, and average speed. This information is alternated with the faces in a checkerboard pattern. Included on the base is the gold likeness of Tony Hulman, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1945 to 1977. On the top of the trophy is an unclothed man waving a checkered flag. Because this man is depicted naked, after the tradition of ancient Greek athletes, the trophy is most often photographed so that the man's arm is swooping down in front of him.

In 1935, the Borg-Warner Automotive Company commissioned designer Robert J. Hill and Gorham, Inc., of Providence, Rhode Island to create the trophy at a cost of $10,000. The trophy underwent a refurbishment in 1991 and again in 2004. Today it is insured in excess of $1.3 million.

Design[edit]

Made of sterling silver, the trophy is just under 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm) tall and weighs nearly 153 pounds (69 kg). The trophy body itself is hollow, and the dome-shaped top is removable. From 1936 to 1985, the trophy appeared in its original form, with the bottom rim of the body serving as its stand. The original body had room for 70 winners of the Indy 500, and was destined to fill up after the 1986 winner was affixed. During the early years, the trophy was polished often for protection, but appeared too seldom be buffed to a glossy "mirror finish" and often was seen with a dull or matte finish. At no point has the trophy been allowed to fall in a state of tarnish or major disrepair. When the race was suspended during World War II, the trophy was stored in a secure location.

A base was added in 1986 to accommodate more winners, similar to what has been done with the Stanley Cup. In 1991, the trophy went through a thorough restoration. In 2004, the first base was removed, and replaced with a new, larger base to accommodate more winners. Enough space is currently available to hold all winners through 2033.

Since 1990 the winning drivers' likenesses on both the Borg-Warner Trophy and the replica trophies have been sculpted by prominent American sculptor William Behrends, who also created the statue of baseball great Willie Mays that stands at the entrance to Oracle Park in San Francisco.[1]

Baby Borg[edit]

Trophy replicas; the award on the left was given to winners from 1936 to 1987. The award in the center is the current trophy replica presented to the winning driver.

The actual perpetual trophy is not given to the winner; it remains at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The winning drivers since 1988 have been presented with an 18-inch (460 mm) tall free-standing replica of the trophy, sitting on a beveled square base. Officially titled the "Indianapolis 500 Champion Driver's Trophy,", it has been affectionately nicknamed the "Baby Borg." The Baby Borg is typically presented the following January at a Speedway reception or at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, near trophy sponsor BorgWarner's headquarters.

Starting with the 1997 race, a second Baby Borg was added, presented to the winning car owner(s), officially named the "Indianapolis 500 Champion Owner's Trophy". The owner's trophy is nearly identical to the driver's trophy, except it is mounted upon a round base. Multiple owner's trophies are presented if there are co-owners to the winning team.

The bas-relief likenesses from the main trophy are not replicated on the Baby Borgs, nor is the cylindrical base of the main trophy (the first of which was added in 1986). In some years, a duplicate of the sculpted likeness of the winner has been affixed to the beveled base of the driver's Baby Borg trophy. The driver's trophy can be lifted from its base if desired.

Prior to 1988, winners received an 24-inch (610 mm) upright model of the trophy mounted on a walnut plaque. Since then, some pre-1988 winners have been presented with the newer Baby Borg version.[2][3] In 2011, race winner Dan Wheldon was fatally injured before he received his Baby Borg. His widow Susie accepted the trophy in his honor.

In 2013, with Parnelli Jones, the Speedway began the tradition of giving living winners the current Champion Drivers Trophy on their 50th anniversary of their wins if they had not been given a Baby Borg. Parnelli Jones (2013), Mario Andretti (2019), and Al Unser, Sr. (2020) have been awarded with such on their 50th anniversaries of their wins. (A. J. Foyt has an owner's Baby Borg from 1999.)

While the perpetual trophy is not given to the winner, it has, on occasion, traveled to various locations to honor the winner. Most recently in 2017, the trophy traveled to Japan accompanying Takuma Sato on a victory tour of his home country.[4]

Odd features have been put on the driver's likeness on the "Baby Borg" since it was introduced in 1988. In 2013, Parnelli Jones' trophy featured a cowboy hat on his head (prior to 1970, champions were wearing an open-face helmet on their sculptures; since the bas-relief bust of the driver was newly created by the current sculptor, it was done without helmet and with the cowboy hat he wore primarily during that season). In 2019, because of fan requests, Simon Pagenaud's Baby Borg also featured the likeness of his Jack Russell terrier Norman. BorgWarner added a donation to the Humane Society of Indiana as part of the event, primarily because the dog had participated in the winner's circle photos.

For the 2019 race, the "Baby Borg" was presented at a Team Penske breakfast in Mooresville, North Carolina before the INDYCAR season ended. [5]

Lore[edit]

The Borg-Warner Trophy in its original form (without a base) on display in 1985.

The trophy has had quite a history; track historian Donald Davidson has noted a particular story in which a Butler University student was given the trophy to watch in the 1930s before race day. The young man hid the trophy under his bed one night and proceeded to have a night out. Upon his return to his fraternity house, the man found the trophy missing. He looked and looked and became very worried about the trophy's whereabouts. Upon looking in the frat house's basement, he found the trophy surrounded by men who were drinking beer out of it. All of 115 beers were inside of the trophy. Emptying the beer, he wondered how he would get the smell off of the trophy and decided to take a shower – taking the trophy in with him.

The winner of the 1950 Indianapolis 500, Johnnie Parsons, had his name misspelled on the trophy. It was scripted into the silver as "Johnny" Parsons (which incidentally, is how his son's name was spelled). During the 1991 restoration, it was proposed by the handlers to correct the spelling, though Parsons had already died seven years earlier. The decision was made to leave the misspelling in place, as part of the trophy's historic lore.

Through 1985, the trophy was hoisted by handlers directly behind the driver, typically on the roll bar of the car. The trophy could be easily carried by one individual, and was usually simple to transport. After the trophy was affixed with a base in 1986, the trophy's weight, height, and stability became an issue with displaying it on top of the car. At least two men were required to balance the trophy behind the driver. Since about 2004, when the trophy was expanded with the newer base, it is no longer hoisted behind the driver. Initially, the now-heavier trophy was displayed next to the car. However, the trophy was often mired in the tight, crowded confines of victory lane, and became less visible and even risked damage due to the bustling, celebrating crowd. For 2012, coinciding with the introduction of the DW-12 chassis, a special platform was constructed that fits between or behind the rear wheels and rear wing of the cars. The trophy is now placed upon this platform during the victory lane celebration, giving it once again a prominent and more visible presence during the celebration.

Two or more safety patrol workers are assigned with guarding and transporting the trophy during the month of May. It is polished often, and polished several times during the month of May. In contrast to the earlier years, the trophy is almost exclusively polished and buffed to an elegant, glossy, "mirror finish." During routine times of the month, it is usually situated upon a large, sturdy, custom-built rolling platform.

Legacy[edit]

The trophy has appeared in several films, including Winning, starring Paul Newman, and Turbo. During the month of May, the trophy has several prominent locations for display. During time trials, the trophy is typically displayed outdoors on a platform near the start/finish line. During down times, it returns to the museum. It also makes several appearances, including the Public Drivers' Meeting and the 500 Festival Parade, as well as prominent socials events and gatherings (such as banquets and balls downtown).

The Borg-Warner Trophy was exclusively featured on the cover of the Indianapolis 500 Official Program in 1981, 1998, and 2002. It also appeared on the cover in lesser prevalence in 1988, 1996, and 2006. It is depicted in the cover art of the Atari video game Indy 500, in the Midway pinball machine Indianapolis 500, and on the cover art for the PapyrusIndyCar Racing Indianapolis Motor Speedway Expansion Pack.

Layout and details[edit]

When the trophy debuted in 1936, it was complete with the likenesses of all winners from 1911 to 1935 (except 1917–1918, as the race was not held those two years due to World War I). Sculptor John Grawe created the twenty-four likenesses representing the first 23 races, including the two co-winners for the 1924 race. Twenty-two of the likenesses were created featuring the driver wearing his helmet and goggles. Two faces, those of 1912 winner Joe Dawson and 1921 winner Tommy Milton, showed the driver without a helmet.

The likeness were placed beginning with 1911 winner Ray Harroun situated in the middle of the front side. Subsequent faces were added encircling the trophy to the right. The next row would begin in the middle of the front, in the same column as Harroun.

When the winners began to be added annually after 1936, most were depicted wearing a helmet through 1970. Floyd Davis, who co-won the 1941 race with Mauri Rose, was depicted without a helmet, while Rose was depicted with one. By 1946, most were shown without their goggles. The likeness of 1957 winnerSam Hanks was the final one to feature goggles. The likeness of 1970 winnerAl Unser is the last to be depicted wearing a helmet (by that time, drivers were wearing full-face helmets, so the feasibility of helmets on drivers was impossible). When he won again the following year, his 1971 likeness was shown with natural hair. It has been standard practice to sculpt a brand new likeness for repeat winners, including drivers who have won in consecutive years.

The likeness of 1986 winner Bobby Rahal originally featured miniature glasses, as Rahal wore glasses at the time. The tiny spectacles were crafted from metal wire. In 1993, the trophy was reportedly bumped and the glasses fell off the trophy and were broken.[6] The glasses were repaired and later reattached. Rahal failed to qualify for the 1993 race, and some superstitious observers pointed out the incident as a bad omen. The glasses were removed permanently after Rahal started wearing contacts in the mid-1990s. Tom Sneva, the 1983 winner, insisted his likeness include glasses, and they remain to this day.

Two drivers, both of whom are multiple winners, have their respective names depicted differently in different years. Four-time winner Al Unser, Sr. has his name listed as "Al Unser" for his likenesses of 1970, 1971, and 1978. He is listed as "Al Unser Sr." for his 1987 win, owing much to the fact that his son (two-time winner Al Unser, Jr.) was now a driver. Two-time winner Juan Pablo Montoya is listed as "Juan Montoya" for 2000 and as "Juan Pablo Montoya" for 2015.

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Base[edit]

First base[edit]

The Borg-Warner Trophy in 1986. The first base that was used from 1986 to 2003 is visible.

Following the 1985 Indianapolis 500, the likeness of race winner Danny Sullivan was added to the trophy. His face filled the 69th of the original 70 squares on the trophy body. Only one square remained on the body, which would be filled by the 1986 winner.

In the weeks prior to the 1986 Indianapolis 500, in celebration of the trophy's 50th anniversary, a new cylindrical three-row base was added to the bottom of the trophy. It featured room for an additional 18 faces. On the base, the first square was filled with a gold likeness of the late Speedway president Tony Hulman. The base increased the height of the trophy to 55 inches (1,400 mm), and the weight to about 95 pounds (43 kg).

The trophy spent the month of May 1986 with one empty square left on the body, and now room for 17 additional winners on the base. The base would have enough room for winners through 2003. Bobby Rahal won the 1986 race, and was the final likeness added to the body of the trophy.

Al Unser, Sr. won the 1987 race, and became the first race winner to have his likeness added to the first base of the trophy. Unser also became the first winner to have likenesses on the body of the trophy (1970, 1971, 1978) as well as the base (1987). The layout and lettering of the base mimicked that of the trophy body. The driver's name was enscripted in one single line, followed by the year on the next line, and the race average speed below on the third line.

The likeness of 1989 Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi was created by 88-year old French sculptor Louis Feron, using the repouseé technique. Feron used a single flat sheet of silver and painstakingly hammered it into the shape of Fittipaldi's face.[7]

In 1991, a restoration project was conducted on the trophy. As part of the project, a reinforcement rim was added to the base for stability. The refurbishment increased the height of the trophy to 60 inches (1,500 mm), and the weight to over 110 pounds (50 kg).

The final likeness added to the original base was that of Hélio Castroneves, winner of the 2002 race.

Current base[edit]

The Borg-Warner Trophy on its current base and dolly seen with 2019 race winner Simon Pageneud and President Donald Trump

Following the 2003 race the original base added in 1986 was removed and replaced with a similar looking one. It consisted of five rows of twelve squares, allowing room for 48 faces. The likenesses of Tony Hulman and the 1987– 2002 winners were relocated to the new base. The likeness of 2003 winnerGil de Ferran was the first new face to be added to the new base. The new base added at least 15 pounds (6.8 kg) and more than 4 inches (100 mm) to the trophy, which now stands at 64+1⁄2 inches (1,640 mm), and weighs nearly 150 pounds (68 kg). The current base is expected to accommodate winners through 2033.

One notable difference on the new base is reflected in the descriptions. All listings on the new base script the driver's first name on the first line, surname on the second line, followed by the year on the third line, and average speed on the fourth line. On the old base, and on the trophy body, the drivers' names are written in one single line.

Due to the increased weight and size of the trophy, it was no longer possible to hoist the trophy atop the winning car in victory lane. Handlers would place the trophy on the ground in victory lane, near the rear of the machine, but this often left the trophy obscured from view by the many people surrounding the car. Likewise in the tight confines of victory lane, the trophy was now susceptible to someone bumping into it, risking damage, requiring special care by the handlers. Starting in 2012, with the introduction of the Dallara DW-12 chassis, a special platform was constructed to display the trophy in a more prominent fashion in victory lane. As soon as the car pulls into victory lane, the customized platform is securely placed behind the rear wing or over one of the rear wheels. The trophy is immediately placed upon the platform, and is displayed in a safer and highly visible location. In addition, during the month when the trophy is displayed trackside, it is typically placed on a decorative dolly for easy transportation.

Gallery[edit]

  • The trophy on display in the pits during qualifications

References[edit]

  1. ^Epstein, Edward (August 7, 1998). "'All Choked Up / Giants Legend Willie Mays Is Moved By Statue of Him for New Ballpark'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  2. ^Cavin, Curt (January 29, 2016). "Trip Down Victory Lane: 'Champion cave' tells Bobby Rahal story". IndyStar.com. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  3. ^Oreovicz, John (January 17, 2013). "Oreo's world: Jones gets a 'Baby' gift". ESPN. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  4. ^Malsher, David (December 18, 2017). "Sato hails "amazing" trip to Japan with Borg-Warner Trophy". Motorsport.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  5. ^[https://www.wthr.com/article/indy-500-winner-simon-pagenaud-shares-baby-borg-his-dog-norman>
  6. ^Cavin, Curt (May 26, 1993). "Fastest '500' rookie lets speed do talking". The Indianapolis Star. p. 41. Retrieved December 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  7. ^Mannweiler, David (November 28, 1989). "Emmo's slice is best". The Indianapolis News. p. 2. Retrieved June 5, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.open access
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There's A $380,000 Bonus From Borg Warner Waiting For Takuma Sato In Victory Lane At The Indy 500

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Takuma Sato tasted victory for the second time in last year’s fan-less Indy 500 race, and while I’m sure it was an extremely sweet flavor, he has an opportunity to make things even better this year. Borg Warner has had a fund in which it has placed $20,000 every year for any driver able to win consecutive Indy 500s. This fund kicked off in 1995, and has only been taken one time — as a $160,000 bonus — by Helio Castroneves in 2002. If Sato manages to win his third Indy this year, he’ll secure an even bigger Indy payout than he did last year.

“The Indianapolis 500 is a cherished pastime for our company and the rolling jackpot, on top of the coveted Borg-Warner Trophy, brings an added level of excitement to the race,” said Frédéric Lissalde, president and CEO of BorgWarner Inc. “We are delighted to have accumulated this sizeable reward and eager to witness the next back-to-back victor claim the prize for their remarkable accomplishment.”

There have only been five Indy winners to do it twice in a row in the history of the oldest race in the U.S. The legendary Wilbur Shaw got his in 1940, Mauri Rose in 1948, and Bill Vukovich in 1954. Some readers, though likely not many, will remember when Al Unser did it in 1971. And the aforementioned Castroneves double-up in 2002. Hell, only twenty drivers in the history of the race have one more than once, with Taku-san being among them, obviously, after his wins in 2017 and 2020.

The Borg-Warner Trophy has been presented to the winning driver each year the Indy 500 has been run, with each subsequent year’s winner getting a sculpted replica of their face added to the side of the giant silver cup. The trophy gets passed on from racer to racer every year, but each winner also gets a miniaturized version of the BWT, known as the “Baby Borg” to keep.

Personally, I’d love to see Taku take the win again, not because I think he needs the extra $380,000 payout, but because he didn’t get to have anyone cheer for him in the stands last year. While I’m still skeptical of whether the Indy 500 should be run with so many people in the stands, I’m sure it will be quite nice to hear a roaring crowd again. Good luck Taku, drive fast, be brave, and take chances.

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