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Tony Kanaan joins Ford Chip Ganassi Racing line-up for Rolex 24

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Tony Kanaan will race for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona next month, rounding out a stacked 12-driver line-up for the race.

It was confirmed last week that all four Ford GTs would be taking part in the twice-around-the-clock classic at Daytona, racing in the GT Le Mans class.

On Friday, Ford confirmed a trio of drivers for all four of its cars, with 2015 Rolex 24 winner Kanaan joining a roster of Ford returnees for the race.

Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook all raced the Ford GT at Daytona last year during its maiden outing.

Hand, Muller and Bourdais also claimed class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Briscoe, Westbrook and IndyCar’s Scott Dixon finishing third in GTE Pro.

The 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona takes place on January 28-29.

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)