Paul Menard offers ride-alongs for Make-A-Wish/Indy Racing Experience this week

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Indy Racing Experience has partnered with Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to enhance two wishes during the Kroger Brickyard Super Weekend that takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 24-27, 2014.

The two wish kids, Hunter, age 11 and Kobey, age 16 are coming to the Brickyard 400 for their wishes, and will also get to experience a ride-along in a Make-A-Wish two-seater NASCAR and/or Pace Car driven by Paul Menard, who pilots the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevy SS in the Sprint Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing this weekend.

Menard will drive each child on the streets of Speedway with a police escort on Friday, July 25 at 2pm. Each ride will begin outside of the motorcycle lot by the Hall of Fame Museum at IMS. The ride will continue to Polco down 10th and Main Street, and back to the Hall of Fame Museum.

“We appreciate the support of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Racing Experience, and Paul Menard in helping us to make the wish experiences for our wish kids at the Brickyard 400 extra special,” said Wish Program Manager Suzanne Gardner. “The joyful memories they create here are ones they will have to remember for years to come.”

Hunter has a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome. LGS is characterized by recurrent seizures and children often have delays in development and have psychological and behavioral problems stated by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes.

Kobey has a condition called Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, DMD leads to progressive muscle weakness, which leads to serious medical problems, particularly relating to the heart and lungs. Kobey and Hunter’s conditions are both life-threatening.

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)