The Championship Trophy Unveiling

Posted on: September 29, 2010 | Comments(7) | Drivers, Race Tracks | By: Dave

A vinyl-wrapped surf board displaying the colors of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car leaned against a railing behind Will Power as the IZOD IndyCar Series championship contender participated in a satellite media tour Sept. 28 at the swank W Hotel on South Beach in Miami.

“The first thing I thought of when I saw that was to take it out for a spin,” the Australia native said, “and with the weather the way it is they even have some surf on South Beach.”

Surfs up

Surfs up

The response to a question regarding the props for a championship contenders’ media day was quickly met with an uncompromising “no” look from Power’s fiancée, Elizabeth Cannon. Though watersports were part of his past on the east coast of Australia, the broken back he suffered in August 2009 probably overrules any such activity.

Power and Dario Franchitti joined models and IZOD Trophy Girl Cameron Haven poolside at the W Hotel for photo shoots with the new IZOD IndyCar Series Championship Trophy created by artist Ted Gall center stage and interviews with local and national media outlets.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Power, giving the 3-foot-tall, 45-pound piece of artwork the once-over. “Definitely not anything like I’ve ever seen for an auto racing trophy.”

A laughing Will Power

Can Will win it?

Gall would appreciate the comments; it’s what he was seeking. The artwork is to depict man and machine intertwined. And what could be more intertwined than an IZOD IndyCar Series driver and his/her race car?

More media obligations are on tap for Sept. 29 before the contenders turn their focus to the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval and the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 under the lights Oct. 2.


There are 7 comments for this post.

  1. Tropical Slim on September 30, 2010 12:24 pm
    Tropical Slim

    I can walk to the W Hotel from my house on Miami Beach in a few minutes and had no idea this was going on. I am sorry I missed seeing Cameron Haven!

  2. Kyle on September 30, 2010 9:43 pm

    Worst looking trophy i ever have seen. What happen to the old one?

  3. Sherri on September 30, 2010 10:48 pm

    That is one ugly trophy. What it has to do with IndyCar racing is beyond me. Not to mention, the series logo must be the smallest font available. Where does it say series champion???? What a waste of time and money. Love the old trophy so much more. It said champion. This one says ugly man riding a wheel.

  4. James on October 1, 2010 8:21 am

    Wow. Would you have scary clown ridding a mechanical bull for the PBR? Who in the world approved this imbarisment? This guy probally throws a blob of paint on a wall and calls it a masterpiece as well. Burn the wood section to melt this “thing” down and start over.

  5. Miami Dreamin on October 2, 2010 5:07 pm
    Miami Dreamin

    I am sorry – but I am NOT impressed with this trophy… Umm, they are race car drivers, not unicyclists… how about sticking with the sport it is intended for… I get tired of everyone trying to make this sport into something else. It’s Indy car racing – Love it or Leave it – don’t care… but leave Our sport alone and let’s get back to traditional Trophies already!

  6. dOUG on October 2, 2010 11:44 pm

    That is one ugly trophy!! Tony’s (GEORGE) Sisters have NO Taste!! Too bad we do not have Tony back at the helm of IRL and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!! HE KNOWS RACING AND THE TRADITION OF INDY!! WE NEED TONY BACK IN CHARGE!!

  7. Michael on October 3, 2010 4:35 pm

    Are we sure Wes Craven didn’t design this thing? It is a nightmare! Also, looks like his unit is hanging from his belly!

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