The traditional ticket unveiling for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 took place today at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis. The reining 500-winner was on hand to see his face added to the Borg-Warner trophy, and received his “Baby Borg” trophy in Detroit. The Andretti Autosport driver was not in attendance today, although he had a perfectly good excuse. His wife Becky gave birth to their second child just hours earlier.
Hunter-Reay shared the news via Twitter earlier in the day from the hospital in Florida.
IMS President Doug Boles was at the event on Thursday, and he knew how bad Ryan wanted to be there. “Here’s a guy who’s dreamed his whole life about running and winning the Indianapolis 500. He was really disappointed that he wasn’t going to have an opportunity to be here tonight.”
Ryan recorded a short video with his newborn son in his arms, thanking everyone for their support.
The 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 is May 24.