INDIANAPOLIS – The likeness of Alexander Rossi was officially revealed on the Borg-Warner Trophy Wednesday night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
The rookie winner – the ninth such champion in race history – now shares the same space as legends such as A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves, among many others.
“This is the one thing I was looking forward to the most. This was the goal,” said Rossi, who won in dramatic, empty-fuel-fashion in the No. 98 Honda for Bryan Herta Autosport/Andretti Autosport.
For the fourth consecutive year, the champion’s likeness was unveiled in a ceremony at the IMS Museum that included Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles and BorgWarner Vice President of Marketing Scott Gallett.
Rossi’s likeness is to the right of last year’s champion, Juan Pablo Montoya. Directly above him is 1992 champion Al Unser Jr., while to the above-left is 2003 winner Gil de Ferran and to the above-right is 2004 winner Buddy Rice.
Per tradition, Rossi’s name is included only with his winning year of 2016 and average speed for the 500 miles: 166.634 mph.
“Now I look at myself, but I look at the Trophy more as a whole thing,” Rossi said. “Through this six-month process from May 29 to now, understanding more about the race and the sport and what it means – it’s more than one person, it’s everyone that’s on there that makes it what it is.”