After recording the second-closest finish in the history of the Indianapolis 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay was able to relive his victory once more in front of a crowd of fans, team members and with wife Beccy and son Ryden at his side at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum tonight. The 2014 Indy 500 champion’s likeness was unveiled on the Borg-Warner trophy making the 33-year-old’s face the 101st to appear on the sterling silver masterpiece.
In addition to adding Hunter-Reay’s profile to the Borg-Warner, the DHL driver will receive a “Baby Borg” – a free-standing replica of the original that stands at 18-in tall. The replica will be presented to the two-time ESPYS Best Driver award winner in January during the week of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.
“Winning the Indy 500 is a dream come true,” the Florida resident noted. “The whole process is so surreal because it happens so fast. It’s an achievement you work your entire career to attain and then all of a sudden you drink the milk and the next thing you know you’re at a street circuit in Detroit. You don’t get to really think about it much afterward. So seeing my face on the Borg-Warner Trophy, which transcends motorsports, makes it all sink in. From the first time I sat in a go-kart, it was me winning the Indianapolis 500. Now just to have my name on the Borg-Warner Trophy next to the legends of the sport means the most to me.”