Bahrain chief looking forward to tenth F1 anniversary

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The chief of Bahrain International Circuit is looking forward to celebrating the circuit’s tenth grand prix and anniversary since its first race in 2004 with the first night race in the kingdom.

Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa was speaking at Autosport International show in the UK about Formula One in Bahrain, and about some of the challenges that the organizers faced in bringing the sport to the region.

“For us in building the circuit it’s easy to start with a blank piece of paper,” he said. “A lot of the historical tracks in Europe were airfields, so it’s easy for us to say it’s a good facility. But we also had an unusual way of designing it and building it. You still have to work hard and solve your problems and make it work.”

For 2014, the Bahrain Grand Prix will be the second night race on the F1 calendar following in the footsteps of Singapore, which first joined the schedule in 2008.

“2014 will be our first night race, so we have 495 lights being put up,” Al-Khalifa said. “It’s quite exciting, one of the biggest projects since we built the track. We’re very excited. Obviously it’s going to be our tenth race and ten years since 2004, and we’re looking forward to having one of the best races ever.”

The Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on 6th April.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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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)