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Champs converge: Rossi descends on Wrigley for Cubs first pitch

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Alexander Rossi’s yearlong tour of post-Indianapolis 500 victory events has continued to roll on this week.

On Wednesday, in an interruption from “Alonso-mania” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Rossi received his champion’s ring for winning last year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from Herff Jones.

And then today, Rossi, driver of the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda for Andretti-Herta Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Series met baseball’s most recent champion’s ring recipients, the Chicago Cubs, where he threw out the first pitch for today’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Here’s a few social posts.

The full report is linked here.

Meanwhile, here’s Rossi’s ring ceremony from Wednesday.

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)