One of the annual offseason traditions/rituals in the Verizon IndyCar Series is for the year’s Indianapolis 500 winner to have his likeness revealed on the Borg-Warner Trophy.
So it was announced today that this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner, Juan Pablo Montoya, will have his revealed on December 9, one month from today.
Montoya captured the win in a thrilling bout over Team Penske teammate Will Power and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, the eventual full-season champion.
It marked Montoya’s first win in the race in 15 years, and second overall.
Montoya has made waves this offseason with his first test scheduled in a Porsche 919 Hybrid later this month in Bahrain, although he has been ruled out of competition for a race debut in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans (more here via Sportscar365).
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.