Gil de Ferran has received the Borg-Warner Championship driver's trophy to mark his success in the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 last season.

Penske executive vice president Walter Czarnecki accepted the team owners trophy on behalf of team owner Roger Penske, who was unable to the 2004 Automotive News World Congress Gala Dinner.

BorgWarner Chairman and CEO Tim Manganello presented de Ferran and Czarnecki with the awards, which are replicas of the Borg-Warner Trophy awarded annually to the Indianapolis 500 winner.

De Ferran, who retired from racing at the end of the 2003 season, was ecstatic at receiving the trophy.

"Up until tonight, the Borg-Warner Trophy was just a picture in my mind," he said. "Now I have my own to take home with me, and I'll have it forever. The Indy 500 is indeed 'the big one,' and it feels great."

His victory was Penske's 13th victory in the Indy 500 and the teams drivers have won the race for three years in a row.

The drivers trophy, know as the "Baby Borg" was established in 1988 so each winner of the Indianapolis 500 would have a lasting keepsake of their victory. The original Borg-Warner Trophy stays on display in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

 

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