Indy 500 drivers go across North America for media day duties

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It’s been a busy afternoon for Indianapolis 500 drivers that have gone all over North America to promote Sunday’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

We’ve already shown you Kurt Busch and Marco Andretti visiting NBC’s “Today” show and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” But now, it’s time to take a look at what some of the other drivers are up to on Indy 500 Media Day…

Let’s start with the defending ‘500’ champion, Tony Kanaan, who joined the Looney Tunes at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Dallas-Fort Worth and competed in a waterslide race before talking to reporters…

Pole sitter Ed Carpenter saw how MillerCoors fills and packages their beers in Milwaukee…

Joining him in Milwaukee was “The Mayor of Hinchtown,” James Hinchcliffe, who carried out an important part of the job for any mayor…

2000 Indy winner Juan Pablo Montoya stayed close to Team Penske headquarters and visited our NBC friends in Charlotte…

A local elementary school was anxious for Charlie Kimball’s stop on his tour around Birmingham, Alabama…

Ryan Hunter-Reay went for a spin around Houston’s Loop 610…

Canada’s own Jacques Villeneuve and Grand Prix of Indianapolis champ Simon Pagenaud trekked to Toronto…

The ‘500’ rookies (sans Busch) were feted in a special rookie lunch put on by the American Dairy Association…

After that, they went to Louisville, Kentucky, where they made a stop at the Louisville Slugger factory. One of the rookies, James Davison, got his own Slugger…

Three-time ‘500’ champ Helio Castroneves helped out on SportsCenter…

Graham Rahal tried a few beignets in New Orleans…

Alex Tagliani needed a Tim Hortons fix in Dayton, Ohio…

Pippa Mann spent time at a breast cancer research laboratory in Cincinnati…

And Ryan Briscoe gave the Detroit media some hot laps around Belle Isle Park (site of the next IndyCar race after the ‘500’).

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)