CHEEVER PRESENTED "BABY BORG" AT DETROIT SAE SHOW INDIANAPOLIS, March 5, 1999 - A personalized replica of auto racing's most famous symbol, the Borg-Warner Indianapolis 500 Trophy, was presented to 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr....
CHEEVER PRESENTED "BABY BORG" AT DETROIT SAE SHOW
INDIANAPOLIS, March 5, 1999 - A personalized replica of auto racing's most famous symbol, the Borg-Warner Indianapolis 500 Trophy, was presented to 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. on March 4 at the 1999 Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress and Exposition in Detroit.
Borg-Warner Automotive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John F. Fiedler presented Cheever with the 14-inch sterling silver Borg-Warner Automotive Championship Driver's Trophy, complete with a sterling silver image of Cheever's visage, during a ceremony at the Borg-Warner Automotive exhibit. The award recognizes Cheever for his Indianapolis 500 victory last May, which he won with an average speed of 145.155 mph.
"Eddie Cheever has a track record as impressive as Borg-Warner Automotive's," said Fiedler. "He joined the Indy circuit in 1990, winning Rookie of the Year honors in that year's Indianapolis 500 and qualifying for a front-row starting position in the 1992 event."
In addition to winning the 1998 Indy 500, Cheever also recorded the fastest race lap in Indianapolis 500 history, logging 236.103 mph on lap 78 in 1996.
The trophy Cheever received is a replica of the actual 5-foot, 2-inch, 80-pound Borg-Warner Trophy, which is on display year-round at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The tradition of presenting Indy 500 winners with a personalized replica trophy, referred to as the "Baby Borg," originated in 1989.
"Borg-Warner Automotive is proud to be associated with an internationally recognized trophy that bears our name and stands for the same hallmarks of excellence that we do," said Fiedler.
The trophy was on display at the Borg-Warner Automotive exhibit during the SAE Exposition from March 1-4. Following the SAE Exposition, it will return to permanent display at the IMS Hall of Fame Museum.