Shortly after his dad received a Baby Borg for winning last year’s Indianapolis 500, 6-year-old Leo Kanaan was surprised with a mini Baby Borg of his own.
He quickly assumed both trophies were his.
“As soon as he got his trophy, he was like, ‘Cool! I got two trophies!’” Tony Kanaan said after the ceremony at the 38th annual Automotive News World Congress dinner in Detroit. “I had to tell him, ‘No, this one is mine. That one is yours.’ It was cool. He won’t let anybody near it. He’s guarding it right now.”
Kanaan and KV Racing Technology co-owners Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser received Baby Borgs – miniature, for-keeps replicas of the Borg Warner Trophy, which recently was unveiled with Kanaan’s image cast in sterling silver along with faces of the other winners of the Indy 500.
The Baby Borgs feature an identical likeness of Kanaan that both Leo and dad get to take home. “We’re building a trophy room at the house in Miami,” Tony Kanaan said. “Obviously the Baby Borg will be the centerpiece.”
The work for the new year and new team – Target Chip Ganassi Racing hired Kanaan in October – is just beginning. Kanaan will leave Detroit at 6 a.m. ET Thursday for Sebring, Fla., where he’ll test his IndyCar. After that, he’ll rejoin Ganassi’s powerful sports car team in its preparations for the 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25-26.
Unfortunately, the Baby Borg and Mini Baby Borg will be staying home.
“If they made one I could wear around my neck, I would wear it every day,” Kanaan joked.