Juan Pablo Montoya, the winner of 99th Indy 500, has marked his second victory in the event with an unveiling at Indy’s museum.
The Colombian revealed his second effigy on the renowned Borg-Warner Trophy on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum,
Montoya, who had first won the race in 2000 driving for Chip Ganassi Racing after a dominant performance, clinched his second this year after a stirring four-way battle with Team Penske-Chevrolet teammate Will Power and Ganassi-Chevy drivers Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball.
Ultimately, Montoya crossed the Speedway’s yard of bricks 0.1046 seconds ahead of Power, with Kimball and Dixon third and fourth, barely more than a second behind.
Montoya told Scott Gillette of Borg-Warner and the assembled media and fans: “This is very special for me here today, because the last time I won, I didn’t go through this. I was already in Europe that winter to start my Formula 1 career.
“Something like this ceremony reminds you how amazing it is to race here, to win here. And going racing with Roger Penske is also special; he always reminds you success like this is a team effort.”
The Borg-Warner Trophy has been issued to the winner of the Indy 500 since 1935, and previous winners, stretching back to the inaugural 500 in 1911, were added in retrospect. The sterling silver trophy is valued at $3.5m.
Montoya’s face is the 102nd on the trophy, and has been sculpted – as is true of all images on the trophy since 1990 – by William Behrends. In an accompanying video, showing Montoya at Behrends’ studio, he described his likeness as “freaking amazing.”