Roger Penske (right, with Brad Keselowski) says NASCAR needs to move on after the Denny Hamlin-Joey Logano dustup at Auto Club Speedway.
“There’s a lot of noise about a lot of things that are said at these races,” Penske told the AP. “People are at a high pitch and I think other people need to settle down and realize that’s the sport. We’re just going to have to keep our heads on.”
Despite the incident that has left Hamlin out for six weeks, Penske still backs his driver.
“He’s still the same guy we hired six months ago, and I’m 100 percent confident that he’s going to be able to execute when he needs to be at the highest level,” Penske said.
Penske has exchanged texts with Hamlin offering well wishes, and said Hamlin and Logano had texted on their own. Logano has not yet responded to any AP interview requests.
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)