IRL: 'Baby Bogs' received by Rice, Rahal, Letterman

Rice, Rahal and Letterman receive 'Baby Bogs' in special presentation Wednesday night. Rahal Letterman Racing Trio Attend Automotive News World Congress Dinner DEARBORN, Mich. - Buddy Rice, the 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner, is finally ...

Rice, Rahal and Letterman receive 'Baby Bogs' in special presentation Wednesday night.

Rahal Letterman Racing Trio Attend Automotive News World Congress Dinner

DEARBORN, Mich. - Buddy Rice, the 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner, is finally realizing that he has won the world's biggest auto race after special presentations in the last week.

Rice, the 28-year-old racer from Phoenix, saw his image displayed on the famed BorgWarner Trophy for the first time last Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in a media unveiling. In addition, the driver of the No. 15 Argent Mortgage/Pioneer Honda Panoz Indy car was presented with the Indy 500-winning champion's ring.

Now, in tonight's BorgWarner presentation at the Automotive News World Congress Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, Rice will receive a "one of a kind" replica of the BorgWarner Indianapolis 500 Trophy. Rice will test his Rahal Letterman Racing Honda-powered car during the day at the Homestead Miami Speedway before flying to Detroit Wednesday for the special event that wraps up a memorable Indy 500 champions tour that included a White House appearance to meet President George W. Bush, closing the New York Stock Exchange, throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium and piloting at Bradley Fighting Vehicle at Ft. Carson in Colorado.

"It was been a great experience to win the Indianapolis 500 and then participate in all of the events that accompany an Indy 500 champion," said Rice, who won the 88th running of the Indy 500 on May 30, 2004. "Now the last few days have been very special by seeing your face on the BorgWarner Trophy, placing the Indy 500 ring on your finger and receiving the BorgWarner Trophy replica. That makes you feel like you have captured the world's biggest race."

Joining Rice in Wednesday's trophy presentation in Dearborn will be Rahal Letterman Racing team owners Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indy 500 champion, and David Letterman, the Indianapolis native and television icon. Rice will receive the driver's "Baby Borg," the five-pound, 14-inch replica of the prestigious Indy 500 Trophy, while Rahal and Letterman will be presented with the team owner's trophy.

BorgWarner Chairman and CEO Tim Manganello will present the trophies to Rice, Rahal and Letterman at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Automotive News World Congress Gala Dinner as part of the Detroit Auto Show week.

The BorgWarner Indianapolis 500 Trophy has a hand-crafted, 2-inch, 3-dimensional sterling silver image of each winner of the 88 Indy 500-mile races and Rice's image is the latest in a historic line of champions including many of the world's most accomplished drivers including Rahal, four-time winners A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. The BorgWarner Trophy has a permanent display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and is annually presented in victory lane at the famed 2.5-mile oval.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Rick Mears , Buddy Rice , A.J. Foyt , Al Unser