(INDIANAPOLIS) – The countdown to the month of May has begun, with the unveiling of the newly updated Borg-Warner Trophy.
Helio Castroneves is one of 20 drivers whose face appears on the Indy 500 winners’ trophy more than once — he’s now one of just four who’s on it four times. Castroneves joined Governor Holcomb and Indianapolis Motor Speedway leaders at the statehouse for an unveiling of the trophy, with the Brazilian driver’s fourth bust added to its base.
Castroneves says he’s honored to be in “elite company” in the small club of four-time champions: Castroneves, A-J Foyt, Al Unser Senior and Rick Mears. But, he adds, “Records are made to be broken.” He says he’s looking forward to pursuing an unprecedented fifth win, and his second pair of back-to-back victories, in May.
Castroneves won the 500 the first two times he was in it — no driver has won two in a row since.
The Speedway doesn’t just reuse repeat winners’ previous busts on the trophy, but has a sculptor craft an updated likeness.The 46-year-old Castroneves notes his hairline is higher than when he won his first 500 in 2001.