Kanaan’s image unveiled on Indy 500’s Borg-Warner Trophy

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After seeing his face on the Borg-Warner Trophy for the first time today in Indianapolis, 2013 Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan was complimentary of those who worked on his bas-relief image.

“I look better than I thought,” the Brazilian said during a special ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum.

Kanaan’s place on the Borg-Warner bears the year of his victory and the 2013 race’s average speed of 187.433 miles per hour, which stands as a ‘500’ record.

T.K. is also in the company of good friends Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti on the trophy, as the late Wheldon won the 2011 race and the recently-retired Franchitti secured the final win of his career in the 2012 race.

“Before I won the ‘500,’ I had nightmares about not winning it and I finally won,” Kanaan said. “Having my two best friends Dan [Wheldon] and Dario [Franchitti] win and putting my face right beside them is an honor. It’s a magical moment.”

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.