Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Special Edition ‘Fuel Up Friday’ Free Zoom Cast, with Borg-Warner Trophy Sculptor William Behrends, Set For December 11

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s “Fuel Up Fridays” are normally a members-only affair, but in these trying times, the Museum cordially invites all fans to begin Friday, Dec. 11 with a free 8-9 a.m. (ET) Zoom cast featuring Borg-Warner Trophy sculptor William Behrends and host Dave Furst.

2020 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Sculptor William Behrends share a laugh while Behrends completes the life-size clay model, part of the Borg-Warner Trophy process. Photo ©2020 Scott R LePage

The Borg-Warner Trophy is an icon of art deco design and has been the official trophy of the Indianapolis 500 since 1936, and Behrends’ artistic skill has added to the trophy’s lore with every sterling silver winner’s likeness since he created Arie Luyendyk’s bas-relief image following the “Flying Dutchman’s” 1990 Indianapolis 500 victory.

Behrends and Furst, the vice president of communications for INDYCAR and longtime TV and radio broadcaster, will discuss Behrends’ passion for the Indy 500 going back to his Wisconsin roots, his body of work as a sculptor across the sports and civic spectrums, and the fascinating and detailed process required to create the sterling silver image of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

Registration is required but easily completed by clicking, or copying and pasting into your browser, the following address:

Since he began sculpting at the age of 26, Behrends has been commissioned to immortalize a wide variety of subjects, from the 2-inch tall “500” winners’ likenesses to statues honoring Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, automotive pioneer Henry Ford II, golf legend Bobby Jones and Supreme Court Justice John Marshall. Behrends maintains his studio in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Tryon, North Carolina.

2020 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato gets a ‘selfie’ with his clay likeness while Sculptor William Behrends takes a break. Photo ©2020 Scott R LePage

Submit questions for William: Fans are encouraged to submit questions (one per person, please) which Furst will ask Behrends throughout the Zoom Cast. Be sure to put your name and hometown on the question and submit it to the IMS Museum’s Eric Powell at The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Dec. 9.


IMS Museum Zoom Casts Available on YouTube Channel: The IMS Museum’s hourlong Zoom Casts featuring conversations with legends and personalities such as Janet Guthrie, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danny Sullivan and IMS Historian Donald Davidson are available at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum YouTube channel:

The Fuel Up Friday with Behrends will be added to the channel in a few weeks. The Museum’s YouTube home also features hours of historic and entertaining content, and new features are added regularly. Be sure to “Like” the content and subscribe to the channel to be updated when new items are posted.


About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with interpretive emphasis on the Indianapolis 500 and its role as an American icon of sporting tradition and innovation.

Located inside the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, the IMS Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which relies on the support of visitors, members, donors and corporate partners, who make possible our daily operations, exhibits, educational programming, and restoration and preservation initiatives.

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