Today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Juan Montoya had his likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy for the second time. The 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner was on hand to get an up-close look at the official unveiling inside of the Hall of Fame Museum.
Montoya won the race during his Rookie year in 2000, then again last year. He has finished in the top five in each of his three Indy 500 starts. His first race was won in dominating fashion, but perhaps last year’s win was even more impressive. After starting 15th, Montoya overcame a couple of mishaps during the race that could have easily ended his chances for victory. The Team Penske driver shook off the rear wing damage and air hose incident on pit lane to capture his second Indy win; 15 years after his first.
Montoya was eager to see his new face, and apparently was satisfied with the end result.
The 79-year old Borg-Warner Trophy weighs 110 pounds, and stands 64.75 inches tall – with the new base that was added in 2004. The new base won’t be filled up until the year 2034. Each year, a silversmith is commissioned to create the winner’s portrait/sculpture that will be added to the trophy. Below is a quick video of the rendering of Montoya’s likeness.
While each race is special, all eyes will be on the prize next May, when the 100th Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing takes place. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still undergoing a major face lift, which will add to the excitement and buzz as the event draws closer. Tickets and 2016 new ticket applications are now available here on the IMS website. You can also purchase a Bronze Badge and/or tickets to Miller Lite Carb Day, featuring legendary rock band Journey.
Montoya and Bobby Unser will have a Q&A session at 11 AM ET tomorrow, at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis. The two legendary drivers with five Indy 500 victories between them will discuss their place in the history of the sport, the 100th Running of the Indy 500, and more. Find them at the IndyCar/IMS booth #3761 on Thursday.
Below are some photos from Wednesday’s unveiling, courtesy of IndyCar.