State Fair shenanigans: Newgarden, Pagenaud, Aleshin star at IndyCar night in Indiana

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On Sunday, Josef Newgarden was one pit stop away from his first career Verizon IndyCar Series win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Although he didn’t win, he handled himself incredibly well in defeat and carried the hopes of a wealth of onlookers in the process.

On Monday night, Newgarden was back to his usual quirky, comedic self in tackling the Indiana State Fair with Simon Pagenaud and Mikhail Aleshin. NBCSN pit reporter Robin Miller and Indianapolis ABC sports director Dave Furst handled the trio at the annual “IndyCar night” at the Indiana State Fair.

Miller and Furst should have more to come over the next week or so. Per Steve Shunck, veteran PR ace, we’ll also have more on the Milwaukee IndyFest pre-show on NBCSN, August 17:

In the meantime, here’s the shenanigans we were able to see courtesy of social media:

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)