IRL: IMS-Luyendyk Unveils Borg-Warner Image

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, February 4, 1998 - Fresh from his shared victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race, Arie Luyendyk flew into Indianapolis today to address a conference of MCL Cafeteria managers at the Brickyard Crossing Inn and Golf ...

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, February 4, 1998 - Fresh from his shared victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race, Arie Luyendyk flew into Indianapolis today to address a conference of MCL Cafeteria managers at the Brickyard Crossing Inn and Golf Resort on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The IMS craftily lured the meeting over to the museum to allow media opportunities for unveiling the recently received B-W trophy sculpture. Stylishly attired in a modish wrapper that, except for the collar, looked like a Nehru jacket, Luyendyk was cheerful and poised as he posed for the cameras, then undraped the most famous symbol of victory in all of motorsports, the Borg-Warner trophy, upon which Luyendyk's image now appears two times. "It's great to be here in Indy to unveil this beautiful and most treasured trophy", said Luyendyk. "I'm the same guy as in 1990, a little less hair and the sculptor didn't add any wrinkles." "It feels just as good as before to win it and I look forward to receiving my replica." Luyendyk said he really had to work hard to win at Indy in 1997. "I called in on my radio to the pits and told them I didn't want to run this hard, I was afraid that with a relatively unproven motor I didn't want to break it." The pit crew said they had checked with Roush, the engine builders, and they said the motor was OK and to "Go for it." Both of Luyendyk's winning cars sat in the main hall of the Museum but they looked like midgets in contrast to the huge Marmon #32 with it's three foot high tires that carried Ray Harroun to victory three quarters of a century earlier. The native of Holland and resident of Arizona left after the ceremonies for committments in Florida.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Arie Luyendyk