Run Daytona 500 at night and in prime time? NASCAR is open to it, says Brian France

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In an interview with SportingNews.com, NASCAR chairman/CEO Brian France addressed an issue that fans have long sought to have happen.

Namely, running the Daytona 500 under the lights and on prime-time television, rather than start in its traditional early afternoon slot.

Sunday’s race began shortly after 1 pm ET, only to run just 38 laps before it was delayed by rain for nearly 6 ½ hours. The race resumed after 8:30 pm ET, and finished nearly three hours later at almost 11:30 pm ET.

It marked the second time in three years that the 500 was not only delayed by rain, but the end result was the race was broadcast by default in prime-time.

Would NASCAR like to see the 500 under the lights permanently, with the likelihood that TV ratings would increase due to the prime-time slot?

“We have considered it and for lots of reasons have not done that,” France said.

He added that while NASCAR remains open to the idea, officials from Fox Sports, which televises the race, as well as from Daytona International Speedway would have to agree to a time change.

“It’s always a consideration,” France said. “Of course, it’s not just our decision. Fox has to believe that’s the right time and all the rest.”

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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)