The winner of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 has been immortalized in silver. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveiled the likeness of Alexander Rossi on the famed Borg-Warner Trophy Wednesday at the IMS Museum.
Rossi took the checkered flag in the historic race after coasting across the yard of bricks on an empty gas tank. He is the first rookie to win the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and the first American-born rookie to win since Louis Meyer in 1928.
"This is the one thing I was looking forward to the most. This was the goal," said Rossi, "Now I look at myself, but I look at the Trophy more as a whole thing. Through this six-month process from May 29 to now, understanding more about the race and the sport and what it means – it’s more than one person, it’s everyone that’s on there that makes it what it is."
On Thursday, the No. 98 Dallara race car Rossi drove to win the race will be donated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Officials from the IMS Foundation, which operates the museum, will officially receive the vehicle at the PRI Trade Show in downtown Indianapolis.
"The 100th Indianapolis 500 will go down as one of the most memorable races in the storied history of the Brickyard," said Betsy Smith, executive director of the IMS Foundation. "The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is proud to receive and display Alexander Rossi’s winning car as a testament to his skill and the teamwork and ingenuity that landed him in Victory Lane."
Rossi will be on hand for the presentation along with team owners Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta.
You can see Rossi visiting with sculptor Will Behrends, who designs the likenesses on the trophy, in the video below: