Hunter-Reay drove his No. 28 Andretti Autosport DHL Honda to a narrow victory over three-time "500" winner Helio Castroneves by only .0600 of a second -- the second-closest margin of victory in the history of the event - in capturing his first Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25. Hunter-Reay, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, took the lead for good from Castroneves on Lap 199 to become the first American to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.
The Borg-Warner Trophy, which features the three-dimensional sterling silver image of every Indianapolis 500 winner dating to Ray Harroun in 1911, stays on permanent display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. To provide the winner with a personal keepsake, BorgWarner established the BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy (also known as the "Baby Borg") in 1988, which includes a duplicate image of the winner. The BorgWarner Team Owner's Trophy was established in 1998. Both sterling silver replicas of the Borg-Warner Trophy will be presented during the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit on Jan. 14, 2015.
"It is a lifelong dream come true to see my face accompany those of racing's greatest drivers on the Borg-Warner Trophy," said Hunter-Reay. "Being one of the 101 faces on the trophy is quite humbling. It will always be part of history and a moment I will remember forever. Now that I am part of the permanent trophy, the next exciting step is to receive my Baby Borg in January. I can't wait to receive it and take it back to Florida to share with Beccy and Ryden!"