Borg-Warner Trophy ‘March’ set for epic race morning
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – The Borg-Warner Trophy will make an epic “March to the Yard of Bricks” before the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Starting in the early morning, the iconic Trophy will travel from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to the world-famous Yard of Bricks on a Chevrolet Camaro SS flanked by members of the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers.
“The Borg-Warner Trophy has taken an impressive journey during our 100-Day Countdown,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “From the New York Stock Exchange to Capitol Hill to Wrigley Field, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and IMS officials have been able to share this iconic piece of history with fans nationwide. This Race Day is a fitting return to its home on the bricks and will bring the Trophy even closer to fans as we celebrate the 100th Running.”
The Trophy will exit the basement doors of the museum at 8 a.m. and begin its march through the facility to the IMS main straightaway. Fans are invited to get to IMS early on Race Day to see this historic moment in person. Other great photo moments along the path include Legends Row and the Fan Midway. The Purdue Marching Band will escort the Trophy as it enters the track between Turns 3 and 4 and moves toward its final stop. The trip will end at the Yard of Bricks with Boles and BorgWarner Inc. President and CEO James Verrier on hand.
“Drivers dream about earning their place in history and getting their likeness on the Borg-Warner Trophy,” Verrier said. “Winning the 100th Running is something that will add to the excitement and I can’t wait to see whose face it will be when I present the Borg-Warner Trophy in victory lane.”
“This is another great reason to get to the track early this year,” Boles said. “You’ll want to find the perfect vantage to point to see the Trophy go by as it completes its full route. And between the expanded fan Midway and SportsCenter on Pagoda Plaza, there’s plenty to do and see all morning long.”
The Borg-Warner Trophy’s complete route with approximate time arrivals will be released as Race Day approaches. Multiple opportunities will be offered to members of the media looking to track the Trophy’s journey.
About the Borg-Warner Trophy
The Borg-Warner Trophy features the sterling silver image of every Indianapolis 500 winner dating back to Ray Harroun in 1911. Made of 110 pounds of sterling silver and standing 5 feet, 4-3/4 inches tall, the trophy originally cost $10,000 and is currently valued at $3.5 million. The Borg-Warner Trophy stays on permanent display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. To give the winner and team owners a personal keepsake of their victory, BorgWarner established the BorgWarner Championship Driver’s Trophy™ (also known as the “Baby Borg”) in 1988 and the BorgWarner Team Owner’s Trophy™ in 1998. Both are sterling silver replicas of the Borg-Warner Trophy. For more information about the trophies, visit borgwarner.com and choose “The Indianapolis 500” from the “Company” pull-down menu at the top of the home page.