Sato gets prepped for Borg-Warner Trophy bust to get sculpted (PHOTOS)

All photos: Scott LePage/LAT for BorgWarner
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It’s that time of year again – except a little earlier.

This year’s 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil champion, Takuma Sato, paid a visit to Tryon, N.C. this week to get the process going for his face and likeness to be revealed on the Borg-Warner Trophy.

He met with sculptor William Behrends at his studio; Behrends will create his image to get added to the Borg-Warner Trophy, and unveiled in October at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

This is a first step in the process that sees the silver image added to the trophy.

Sato posted a few tweets about this this week.

A full gallery is below. All photos: Scott LePage/LAT for BorgWarner

5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage
5 September 2017
2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato sitting for Borg-Warner Trophy bust at William Behrends studio. Tryon, North Carolina USA
©2017, Scott R LePage