Indy 500 winner Ericsson unveils picture on Borg-Warner Trophy

Ericsson, who scored Chip Ganassi Racing’s fifth victory within the occasion and its first for 10 years, received the 106th operating of the Indy 500 after a wide ranging end through which he held off Pato O’Ward’s Arrow McLaren SP entry within the cost for the dual checkers. Ericsson averaged 175.428mph over the 200-lap race and took house a file $3.1m in winnings.

Some 151 days later, Ericsson’s sterling silver picture was formally unveiled throughout a ceremony at Union 50 in downtown Indianapolis as a part of a particular occasion hosted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The previous F1 driver is just the second Swede to win the occasion, 23 years after the primary, Kenny Brack.

Marcus Ericsson's 2022 Indianapolis 500 trophy being made by sculptor Williams Behrends

Marcus Ericsson’s 2022 Indianapolis 500 trophy being made by sculptor Williams Behrends

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Michelle Collins, international director of selling and public relations at BorgWarner Inc. declared: “The Borg-Warner Trophy represents far more than only a victory on the racetrack; it symbolizes the nice custom of the Indy 500 and honoring the driving force for his or her triumph whereas paying homage to the champions of the previous.

“It’s our honor so as to add Marcus’ picture to the trophy and, collectively as an organization, congratulate him on his numerous hours of labor and dedication to his craft.”

Initially designed in 1935, the sterling silver trophy measures over 5 ft, 4-3/4 inches tall and weighs greater than 110 kilos because it carries the sculpted face of each victor since 1911. Following the revealing in Indianapolis, the trophy will journey to Ericsson’s house nation of Sweden to have a good time his victory on the racetrack.

William Behrends, sculptor of each face since 1990, begins his inventive course of by finding out a sequence of 360-degree pictures of the winner to get a baseline for sculpting. Winners are then invited to an in-person session the place Behrends constructs a full-scale clay mannequin of the driving force’s face in his studio in Tryon, N.C.. This life-size clay model is used as reference for Behrends to assemble the smaller mannequin, a chunk created out of a combination of oil-based clay.

Sculptor Williams Behrends

Sculptor Williams Behrends

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The smaller clay mannequin is was a mildew and casted in wax earlier than being despatched to a jeweler to be remodeled into sterling silver. Behrends completes his course of by sharpening and buffing the sculpture earlier than adhering it to the trophy.

“I’m really honored to have my face sculpted onto the historic Borg-Warner Trophy as an Indianapolis 500 winner,” stated Ericsson. “It was an unbelievable expertise to work with Will Behrends and see his dedication and artistry firsthand. Will has completed a wonderful job.

“At the moment is a really big day for me, in addition to everybody at Chip Ganassi Racing. Becoming a member of all of the earlier winners on the trophy is one thing I am going to all the time be very pleased with and can always remember.”

Early subsequent 12 months, Ericsson will obtain his BorgWarner Championships Driver’s Trophy, often known as the Child Borg, a miniature reproduction of the large-scale Borg-Warner Trophy.


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