AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- During the Automotive News World Congress held in Detroit, Michigan, 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya received his second BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy™. Known as the "Baby Borg" to racing fans, the personal trophy sports a duplicate of the sterling silver image displayed on the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy™. Team Penske owner Roger Penske also accepted a BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy™. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Team Penske has achieved 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, establishing the record for most team wins in the history of the race.
"BorgWarner is proud to present Juan Pablo and Roger with a personal keepsake of their most recent Indianapolis 500 victory. Winning is not new to either of these champions. Every victory depends on dedication, skill, collaboration and teamwork—the same characteristics that drive everyone at BorgWarner to create innovations to improve fuel economy, emissions and performance for vehicles around the world," said James R. Verrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. "Congratulations on your 2015 win. We are looking forward to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this May."
BorgWarner is a platinum-level sponsor of the 40th Automotive News World Congress, an annual venue where leading automotive executives gather to discuss challenges and trends in the industry.
The BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy
A one-of-a-kind replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy, the BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the Indianapolis 500. The sterling silver trophy is 14 inches high, weighs five pounds and rests on a beveled black marble base. The base is inscribed with the winner's name and year of victory, and includes a hand-crafted, three-dimensional sterling silver image of the winner, a duplicate of the image affixed to the full-sized Borg-Warner Trophy. BorgWarner established the driver's trophy in 1988 to provide the driver with a personal keepsake of their victory.
The BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy
In 1998, the company also established the BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy as a companion to the driver's trophy. The team owner's trophy is presented to the owner(s) of the winning Indianapolis 500 racing team. Like the driver's trophy, the team owner's trophy is a replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy but features a band of art deco racing cars accented in gold to symbolize the importance of teamwork in the automotive business.
The Borg-Warner Trophy
First presented in 1936, the Borg-Warner trophy features the image of every Indianapolis 500 winner sculpted in sterling silver as a tribute to over 100 years of racing history. Since the trophy stands over five feet tall and weighs more than 100 lbs., it remains on display at the Indianapolis 500 Museum, making special appearances during events such as the presentation of the driver's and owner's trophies at the Automotive News World Congress. For more information, visit borgwarner.com, and choose "The Indianapolis 500" from the "Company" pull-down menu at the top of the home page.
BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for powertrains around the world. Operating manufacturing and technical facilities in 57 locations in 18 countries, the company delivers innovative powertrain solutions to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance. For more information, please visit borgwarner.com.
The Borg-Warner Trophy, BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy, and BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy are trademarks of BorgWarner Inc.
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