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The original version of the 1980s hit game Trivial Pursuit featured a question regarding the BorgWarner Trophy, but to the winner of the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, the BorgWarner is anything but trivial. The Trophy, which features...

The original version of the 1980s hit game Trivial Pursuit featured a question regarding the BorgWarner Trophy, but to the winner of the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, the BorgWarner is anything but trivial.

The Trophy, which features the sterling silver visage of every Indy winner, made its inaugural appearance in Victory Lane in 1936. In 2004, a new base was constructed and attached to the Trophy to add capacity for future winners through 2034. Made of over 100 pounds of sterling silver and standing five feet, five inches tall, the Trophy originally cost $10,000 and is currently valued at $1.5 million.

"The BorgWarner Trophy has symbolized achievement, competitive performance, and technological leadership for over 70 years," said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO. "I'm extremely proud that our employees, customers, and race fans throughout the world equate the Trophy and all it stands for with BorgWarner."

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Indy Pro Series driver Andrew Prendeville announced today a fund raising program to benefit Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends, located in Kanab, Utah, operates the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States. Motor racing fans can support Best Friends by visiting www.racinglapsforbestfriends.com and pledging a donation based on the number of laps that Prendeville will complete in the Freedom 100 Indy Pro Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 25.

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The GasAmerica station on Lafayette Road on Indy's northwest side was the site of Ethanol's promotion featuring gasoline at $2.25 per gallon. Scheduled to end at 1:00 p.m., the promotion was so successful that customers were turned away prior to the 11:30 a.m. start. The price was established in recognition of Helio Castroneves' pole speed of 225 mph. Gasoline prices in Indianapolis are currently above the national average, with a gallon of regular gas selling for $3.59.

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Luczo Dragon Racing announced Monday that it will be running the No. 12 Symantic Dallara in the Indianapolis 500 for charity. The team has partnered with 12 champion personalities, including Tony Dungy, John Elway and Wayne Gretzky, to identify charities to receive more than half the team's racing profits. Luczo Dragon Racing has guaranteed a donation of at least $250,000.

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The Speedway Redevelopment Commission is expected to unveil their concept plan on Tuesday, June 19. The meeting will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Speedway High School. The public is invited to attend. The commission has been working on redeveloping the area south of the Speedway, bordered by the west side of Main Street to the west, 10th Street to the south and the railroad tracks to the east.

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Publicity stunt or prank? Danica Patrick's body double made a brief appearance this afternoon outside the Andretti Green Racing garages wearing a Motorola driver's suit. A crowd quickly gathered as the double pretended to sign autographs by using the wrong end of the pen.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Andrew Prendeville , Danica Patrick
Teams Dragon Racing