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Rahal, Raisman make trip to Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

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Graham Rahal and Aly Raisman kicked off their 2017 seasons with a pit stop at the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held Tuesday in St. Louis.

Rahal wears his heart on his sleeve for a couple of his favorite teams. The driver of the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series is a huge fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, who unfortunately for Rahal were shellacked the other night in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, 31-0, at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.

Meanwhile one of his other favorites is the Columbus Blue Jackets, arguably the hottest team in the NHL at the moment. While the Blue Jackets weren’t in St. Louis Tuesday – that honor fell to the Chicago Blackhawks – Rahal was still there to take in one of the annual outdoor games.

Raisman, meanwhile, also joined up for the day. She’s the second-most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast ever, having won three medals as a member of Team Bridgestone at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and grew up a huge hockey fan in the Boston area. Raisman’s interview during the game is below.

The St. Louis Blues delivered a 4-1 over the ‘Hawks on Tuesday – more here from Pro Hockey Talk.

IndyCar races at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, in Madison, Ill., on August 26.

A quick social recap of these two’s day is below:

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)