Borg-Warner Trophy heading to Japan for first-ever overseas trip

Borg-Warner Trophy heading to Japan for first-ever overseas trip

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Borg-Warner Trophy heading to Japan for first-ever overseas trip

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The Borg-Warner Trophy will leave the United States for the first time in its 82-year history this week when it travels to Japan for a series of events with 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato.

The trophy will be flown out of Detroit tomorrow to begin a 15-day trip that will include visits to Tokyo, Motegi and Nabari, home of the BorgWarner plant.

“I think it is very special that the Borg-Warner Trophy is traveling to Japan,” said Sato.

“The trophy represents winning the greatest race in the world, and I am very proud to have won the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and have my image on the trophy. For nearly two weeks the trophy will be seen throughout Japan by fans and media. I am honored to be the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500 and extremely grateful the Borg-Warner Trophy will be traveling outside United States for the first time ever to celebrate my team’s and Honda’s accomplishments. Let’s do it again next year too!”

HPD President Art St Cyr said that Honda’s record of success at the Brickyard made Japan a natural destination for the trophy’s first overseas trip.

“We are very happy that the Borg-Warner Trophy is traveling to Japan later this week as part of Honda Racing THANKS DAY at Twin Ring Motegi,” he said.

“The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most important races in the world and to have Takuma Sato win the 2017 event in a Honda-powered car was certainly a historic part of the event’s legacy. Honda’s 12 wins in the Indy 500 are something everyone in our company is very proud of. For the Borg-Warner trophy to be traveling to Japan, representing the 500, and taking its special magic directly to Honda associates and fans in Japan will make for a very special day.”

The trophy, which at 5 feet ¾ inches is slightly taller than Sato himself, is insured for $3.5 million, or 4 billion yen.

BORG-WARNER TROPHY JAPAN TOUR

Tuesday, November 28th
Borg-Warner Trophy departs Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for Japan via van to Detroit, MI. Then is flown from Detroit, MI to Minneapolis, MN to Tokyo, Japan on Delta Airlines.

Thursday, November 30th
Borg-Warner Trophy arrives in Japan. Haneda Airport, Tokyo.

Sunday, December 3rd
Honda Racing THANKS DAY with Takuma Sato – Twin Ring Motegi.

Wednesday, December 6th
BorgWarner Plant visit with Takuma Sato – Nabari.

Thursday, December 7th
NSK Warner Plant visit – Fukuroi.

Friday, December 8th
Honda World Headquarters – Tokyo.

Saturday, December 9th
Honda World Headquarters – Tokyo.

Sunday, December 10th
Takuma Sato Fan Day – Tokyo.

Monday, December 11th
Takuma Sato Award Event – Tokyo.

Tuesday, December 12th
Borg-Warner Trophy departs Haneda Airport on Delta Airlines to Minneapolis, MN to Detroit, MI then is driven to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to complete trip.

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