NASCAR AMERICA: NASCAR community reacts to death of Kevin Ward Jr. (VIDEO)

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Through all of the talk and opinions that have been thrown around since Saturday’s sprint car tragedy involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr., these horrible facts remain.

Ward, a talented up-and-coming racer, is gone. The lives of both his family and Stewart have been permanently changed. And all of those people need time to grieve.

Also impacted by the tragedy is everyone else in the entire racing community, which is a tight-knit group in many ways. NASCAR AMERICA’s Wally Dallenbach, Kyle Petty, and Jeff Burton are members of that community and today, they shared their thoughts on the sad situation.

You can hear those thoughts in the clip above.

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)