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Hot Wheels reveals special car trophy for 100th Indy 500

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You know the Borg-Warner Trophy as it is. However, could you imagine the Borg-Warner Trophy with diecast cars rather than faces on it?

Hot Wheels, in the run up to the 100th Indianapolis 500, revealed its own version of the custom trophy on Tuesday.

The release and a video with further details is below:

On Tuesday, Hot Wheels unveiled its take on the Indy 500 Championship Trophy. The custom trophy will be unveiled by 2014 Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and will celebrate the past 99 epic Indy races with 99 Hot Wheels cars.

“All 99 cars featured on this trophy have an authentic Indy 500 story,” said Chris Down, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hot Wheels.  “Most of them are about the journey, not the win.  For kids and adults that is exactly what Hot Wheels play is about. Everyone has a Hot Wheels story!”

Standing approximately nine feet tall, the Hot Wheels Indy 500 Championship Trophy will feature 99, 1:64 cars, with each car drawing inspiration from the stories, colors and numbers of the winning Indianapolis 500 drivers and cars. From Wilbur Shaw capturing the 1937 checkered flag with his mechanic riding shotgun to Bobby Unser who slept in his car his rookie year in 1963 – each epic victory is represented. The base of the trophy is wrapped with the famed Hot Wheels orange track representing the competition that runs through every car.

“My first experience with racing was with Hot Wheels cars, I remember zipping cars down the orange track, and now I watch my two sons do the same,” said Ryan Hunter-Reay. “Sharing stories from past races with my kids opens up a conversation about hard work, competition and my passion for racing.”

The trophy will be on display starting May 31, 2016, at The Hot Wheels Race to Win™ Exhibit, which runs May 14, August 13 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Race to Win Exhibit is a family-friendly immersive experience filled with hands-on activities designed to demonstrate what makes real race cars go fast. On select days, some visitors will even get to zip race cars down Hot Wheels iconic orange track with famous race car drivers from IndyCar, stock car, or the NHRA drag racing circuit.

Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

24 Hours of Le Mans
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LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.