A sterling silver likeness of 2019 Indianapolis 500 Winner Simon Pagenaud on the Borg-Warner Trophy has been unveiled in Pagenaud’s birthplace: Paris, France. It the first time the Indianapolis 500 winner’s face on the trophy was revealed outside the United States.
Pagenaud, the 103rd winner of the Indianapolis 500 race, is the 106th face to be permanently fixed to the trophy.
Pagenaud was the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion, has 14 career IndyCar Series race wins and is the fifth French-born driver to win the Indianapolis 500.
The trophy is 5 feet, 4-3/4 inches tall. It will be permanently housed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
"The Borg-Warner Trophy is one of the greatest traditions in all of motorsports and represents the pinnacle of performance for open-wheel racing. It is our honor to unveil Simon’s image today," said Fred Lissalde, president and chief executive officer of BorgWarner Inc in a news release. "Simon has earned his right amongst an elite group of motorsports athletes. On behalf of BorgWarner and our 30,000 employees, congratulations to Simon for this outstanding achievement of dedication and perseverance."
BorgWarner will present Pagenaud with his Baby Borg, a miniature keepsake version of the trophy, later this year.