IRL: Indy500 Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy

- PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release, Friday, May 9, 1997 Contact: Tom Leix, 317 481-2222, 481-2224 (fax) DRIVER'S AWARD TO HONOR BRAYTON'S RACING CAREER INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The creation of the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy ...

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For Immediate Release, Friday, May 9, 1997 Contact: Tom Leix, 317 481-2222, 481-2224 (fax)

DRIVER'S AWARD TO HONOR BRAYTON'S RACING CAREER

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The creation of the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy was announced today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will honor at the 1997 Indianapolis 500 any past or present entrant that best exemplifies the character and racing spirit of Scott Brayton.

The announcement was made by Andrew Evans, the chairman of the award's presenting sponsor, Royal Purple Motor Oil, Inc. It will be presented annually to an entrant of the Indianapolis 500, past or present, who extends the legacy of one of Indy's own, through sportmanship, competitiveness, and goodwill. The recipient will receive both a $25,000 cash award and a uniquely-crafted crystal trophy designed and produced by Tiffany's.

"My wife and I think that this is just a great tribute," said Scott's father, Lee, who will be joined by both Evans and Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George in selecting the recipient. "I think that the trophy itself would be a great honor to receive and that the financial award is a great incentive for somebody to program their life after my son."

In making the announcement, Evans emphasized that Scott Brayton's popularity was well deserved.

"Scott made an impression on everyone he met, from sponsors to team members to the average fan," Evans said. "The industry benefitted from his enthusiasm, and this award has been created to both honor his life and to remind our current drivers that sitting behind the wheel is but a small portion of their profession."

The first annual Scott Brayton Driver's Award will be presented at the Driver's Meeting that will be held at the Speedway and open to the public on the morning of Saturday, May 24.

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