Indy’s new scoring pylon is quite colorful (PHOTOS)

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One of Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s more prominent new upgrades has arrived.

A scoring pylon comprised of four LED video panels has been installed along the frontstretch, just in time for this weekend’s NASCAR and IMSA events.

It replaces the track’s “second-generation” pylon that had been in place since 1994. When that particular pylon was taken down, IMS president J. Douglas Boles talked about how the new pylon would better serve fans in attendance.

“We’re trying to take all the information that we can gather and send it to our fans in the seats,” he said. “We think this is a lot better way to deliver information to our fans and we can actually make the numbers a little bit bigger so that they can be seen from Turn 1 and Turn 4.

“The top will be able to really show the drivers when we go yellow. Right now, if you think about the old pylon, it just had those two rotating yellow lights, so this will have a yellow ribbon at the top that will flash, allowing drivers to see from a long distance away when the track goes yellow as well.”

Today, the track tweeted out photos of the new pylon and several of its video animations.

Additionally, NASCAR social media humorist @NASCARcasm has put up a funny comparison between the new pylon and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson – who, at 6-foot-4, is known as one of the taller drivers in the IndyCar paddock.

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)