Indy 500 champ Takuma Sato’s head sculpted for Borg-Warner trophy
Who knew a racecar driver could sit so still?
2020 Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato had a clay sculpture of his head made by William Behrends on Wednesday that will be used as a template for the small metal one that will be added to the Borg-Warner Trophy to immortalize his victory.
The sterling-silver trophy features a bas-relief reproduction of the face of every race winner, along with the year, their name and their average speed over 500 miles in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Sato’s face is already on the 65-inch-tall trophy for his 2017 win, but repeat champs get a new one made for each win to capture how they look at the time.
Behrends has been doing the sculptures since 1990.
Sato is the only Asian who has ever won the Indy 500 and the twentieth driver to do it at least twice.