Your journey with the Borg?
The question of the day : Marcus Ericsson won the Borg-Warner Trophy in his native Sweden last week and this week to a warm welcome from his fellow Swedes. If you won the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and could take the Borg somewhere for a week, where would it be?
Curt Cavin: I expect my answer to be unique, and let me set it up with a story from a few years back. At INDYCAR, we used to use the North American International Auto Show in Detroit every January as a platform to announce sports special news – a new aero kit in 2018 and NTT as the new title sponsor in 2019. We always took the Astor Challenge Cup, the Borg-Warner Trophy and a decorated show car as centerpieces, and one year the Astor Challenge Cup was to go to Detroit in my car . So, I had the rather large trophy at home the night before the trip, and I had it sitting on our kitchen counter, which, as you can imagine, stirred up neighbors looking at it from the other side of the yard! Either way, there was something gratifying about having the cup quietly sitting in my kitchen. Of course, I hadn’t earned it or even earned the right to display it, but at the time it seemed to represent my 30+ years in the sport. So, I have an idea of what I would do with such a trophy if I ever had to claim it. I would enjoy it alone at home with my family, reflecting on the effort and sacrifice it took to earn it.
Joey Barnes: Well, the key word is “special”, which automatically takes Jerry World (AT&T Stadium) out of the realm of possibility – come on Niners! In all seriousness, however, it’s difficult because there are so many unique possibilities, even the next FIFA World Cup has crossed my mind. Honestly, while going back to my hometown of Keller, TX (10 minutes south of Texas Motor Speedway) is probably the safest answer, let’s go to Ireland. I want to see the verdant landscape of the Emerald Isle reflected in the most pristine trophy in all of sport. It would also be something unique to see the Borg-Warner Trophy at Blarney Castle or the Rock of Cashel. A visit to Powerscourt House & Gardens would also be on the table, among many other locations. Somewhere along the way there must be a football match or three, followed by visits to local pubs filled with celebrations and songs. Éirinn go Brách.
Paul Kelly: I’m really torn between two points on this one. One would be the front deck of our family’s camp overlooking Lake Canada in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. We always welcome friends and neighbors to the deck for a drink and a chat, with plenty of passers-by to greet. What better topic of conversation than the Borg-Warner Trophy? My second place would be on stage at a gig at a local bar with my classic rock/alternative rock band. Friends, family, music lovers and bargoers would walk into a small local bar expecting to hear our raspy noise. They’d understand that, but they’d also see the sport’s greatest trophy on stage all night, right next to the lead singer – me. It would be a dream come true.