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.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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