INDIANAPOLIS – The BorgWarner Trophy is back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, with its newest face ready to greet visitors during the holiday season.
The base of the most coveted and famous trophy in worldwide motorsports recently was removed from its permanent home at the Museum so a silversmith could add Dario Franchitti’s face to the trophy, one of the spoils of his victory in the 2012 Indianapolis 500. It was the third time Franchitti’s face has been placed on the BorgWarner Trophy, as he also won the race in 2007 and 2010.
“I’m very proud to have my likeness on the BorgWarner trophy for a third time,” said Franchitti, who will see the new portrayal for the first time at a BorgWarner ceremony next month. “It’s a tremendous honor and I’m looking forward to receiving my baby Borg in January in Detroit.”
Franchitti’s face is the 99th added to the 76-year-old trophy, the annual prize for Indianapolis 500 winners that was commissioned in 1935 by BorgWarner and unveiled in 1936. Each of the 98 winning drivers of the race is featured, including victorious co-drivers L.L. Corum and Joe Boyer in 1924 and Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose in 1941. A 24-karat gold likeness of late Speedway Owner and President Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr. also is on the trophy.
“Winning the Indianapolis 500 is the most prestigious victory in all of motorsport and the BorgWarner Trophy serves as a permanent reminder for future generations of race fans of the heroic accomplishments of these winners,” said Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation.
“Clearly, Dario Franchitti understands how to win at Indianapolis and adding his face to the trophy for the third time places him in very good company as one of the most successful drivers in the 500’s long history.”
Including Franchitti, only ten drivers appear three or more times on the trophy – A.J. Foyt (1961, ’64, ’67 & ’77), Al Unser Sr. (1970, ’71, ’78, & ’87), Rick Mears (1979, ’84, ’88, & ’91), Louis Meyer (1928, ’33, & ’36), Wilbur Shaw (1937, ’39, & ’40), Mauri Rose (1941, ’47, & ’48), Bobby Unser (1968, ’75, & ’81), Johnny Rutherford (1974, ’76, & ’80) and Helio Castroneves (2001, ’02, & ’09).