AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay received his first BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy™ during the Automotive News World Congress held in Detroit, Michigan. The first American to win the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in eight years, Hunter-Reay also won the Verizon IndyCar® Series championship in 2012. Known as the "Baby Borg" to racing fans, the personal keepsake sports a duplicate of the 101st sterling silver image displayed on the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy. Andretti Autosport team owner and racing legend Michael Andretti also accepted his third BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's Trophy™.
"As the Borg-Warner Trophy begins a new century of achievement, we are proud to present Ryan with his first Baby Borg as a symbol of dedication, skill, innovation and leadership," said James R. Verrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. "At BorgWarner, we recognize that every victory—whether designing new ground-breaking technologies or speeding around the race track—requires collaboration and teamwork. A team owner who also competed in 16 Indianapolis 500 races, Michael Andretti will now have three team owner's trophies to symbolize his team's outstanding accomplishments."
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.
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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 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 60 locations in 19 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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