By now, we’ve probably seen at least a couple of promo videos for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which officially begins next weekend with the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
But Magnus Racing has taken a different tack in promoting the TUSC, born from the merger of GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series. In their clip above, a child rides home on his bike while his parents take the contents of his two toy car cases (one for his GRAND-AM cars, the other for his ALMS cars) and combine them into a single case (the TUSC one, of course).
Upon arriving home, the child then places Magnus’ No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America in a table-top replica of Daytona. He and his parents then watch as the Magnus machine and others zip around the famed road course before another child comes to visit – “John, I think it’s Andy’s turn to play,” says the mother in an apparent nod to the No. 44’s full-time drivers, John Potter and Andy Lally.
It’s a clever, well-crafted clip that does its purpose without going for the obligatory air of attitude you see in most racing promos. In its place stands the hope that the TUSC has for people to “rediscover sportscar” now that there’s one series again.
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)