IndyCar unveiled in Las Vegas the new championship trophy that will be awarded to either Dario Franchitti or Will Power at the IndyCar Championship Celebration on Oct. 17 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, following this weekend's season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In marked contrast to the controversial "abstract art" trophy awarded to champion Franchitti following last year's title-deciding race, the new trophy is conventional in form – a sterling silver cup – and comes with its own pedigree: The trophy was originally commissioned by Vincent Astor, son of industrialist John Jacob Astor, to be awarded to the winner of the Astor Cup Challenge, a 350-mile race on a two-mile board track at Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., in 1915.
The new IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship Trophy features the names of all the national champions of Indy car racing dating back to 1909, etched into the two black granite bases of the sterling silver trophy – accentuating the IndyCar Series' recent inclusion of statistics from all previous sanctioning bodies into its record book.
“We sought to blend heritage and tradition with our future,” said IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard. “It was very important for us to find a trophy that was a piece of art drivers would truly be honored to win. At the same time, I think it's very important for us to solidify the fact that IndyCar is IndyCar, and we have placed every champion from 1909 on that trophy. We are recognizing every sanctioning body that has governed Indy car racing. It is a trophy that not only reminds us of our past but links our future.”
The IZOD IndyCar Series championship driver and team owner both will receive a replica of the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship Trophy. The original will be displayed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.