Ryan Hunter-Reay’s likeness on the famous Borg-Warner trophy was unveiled today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
The Andretti Autosport driver is the 101st face to be displayed on the iconic trophy, which dates back to the first race in 1911. In 1924 and 1941, two drivers shared the victory and a spot on the trophy (one for starting, the other for finishing). Former owner and President Tony Hulman was also added to the trophy in 1988. Two bases have been added to the trophy so far, which will allow enough room until 2034, when it will be filled to capacity.
Hunter-Reay won the 2014 Greatest Spectacle in Racing by a narrow margin – just .0600 of a second over three-time winner Helio Castroneves. It’s the second-closest margin of victory in the amazing history of the race. “It is a lifelong dream come true to see my face accompany those of racing’s greatest drivers on the Borg-Warner Trophy,” said Hunter-Reay. “Being one of the 101 faces on the trophy is quite humbling. It will always be part of history and a moment I will remember forever. Now that I am part of the permanent trophy, the next exciting step is to receive my Baby Borg in January. I can’t wait to receive it and take it back to Florida to share with Beccy and Ryden!”
For Ryan, it was a chance to relive the incredible emotions he experienced six months ago at the Speedway. “You don’t get to really think about it much afterward. So seeing my face on the Borg-Warner Trophy, which transcends motorsports makes it all sink in.”
Watch the unveiling from today, courtesy of IMS: