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October 13, 2011

Hey Look…ANOTHER New Indy Car Trophy

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:54 pm

I would hate to be Randy Bernard on most days. As a decisive, action-oriented fellow I would make decisions then be forced to spend a year or two listening to constituents bitch non-stop about them until I changed my mind.

It appears that is precisely what happened with the Indy Car trophy. Last year, with much fanfare, a new 45-pound trophy was introduced that featured a stainless steel sculpture of a naked man whose arms were outstretched on a single wheel on a rich base of African Pedauk hardwood. The sculptor is Ted Gall who also did the impressive sculptures outside the Barber Motorsports Museum.

It was positioned as ‘not a bowling trophy’ and something brand new in the era of ‘unification.’ The only problem is that many members of the traditional racing fraternity are unable to use both sides of their brains. They cannot get past the fact that a naked guy on a unicycle is supposed to represent their sport. They do not get it. My guess is that Randy Bernard has had to endure incessant whining about it for a year since its introduction.

As a result the Indy Car Series has caved in, raided the basement, and has come up with….a bowling trophy. A 96-year-old one. It is the Astor Challenge Cup that was awarded to winners of a race in New York at the beginning of the last century.

Bernard’s lemonade from lemons consisted of ‘…we sought to blend heritage and tradition with our future. It was very important for us to find a trophy that was a piece of art that drivers would truly be honored to win. At the same time, I think it’s very important for us to solidify the fact that INDYCAR is Indy car and we have placed every champion from 1909 on that trophy. We are recognizing every sanctioning body that has governed Indy car racing. It is a trophy that not only reminds us of our past but links our future.’ In other words, Indy Car bent over some more for long time mutineers.

I am surprised they didn’t recycle the Vanderbilt Trophy. I know all this business is about nothing more than a trophy, but the process smells. We should probably consider giving all drivers a ribbon because there are no losers.



  1. C’mon. That trophy last year was just a bad idea. It was laughable and a mistake. I give Bernard credit for listening, apparently agreeing and changing it. The new one looks appropriate. Good for Bernard. Moving on…

    Comment by redcar — October 13, 2011 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  2. I have to admit, I did not like the aesthetics of the previous trophy. I do like this one. Classy, as a world-class championship trophy should. I hope it stays around.

    Comment by Zachary — October 13, 2011 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  3. It’s a trophy. Was the naked dude on a unicycle (pardon the pun) butt ugly? Sure it was. Did people whine about it WAY too much? Damn skippy they did. Do I think this was done strictly to appease the whiners who bleated about the old trophy? Yep. Do I think if this trophy were put in a lineup with other trophies (Stanley Cup, World Series, Lombardi) that the only way most people would pick it out is by process of elimination?

    All that being said, the best thing to me isn’t whats on TOP of the trophy, but whats on the BOTTOM. The names of the champions. Especially where it will read 1996: Buzz Calkins. Scott Sharp. Jimmy Vasser. 1997: Tony Stewart. Alex Zanardi. And so on, and so on. For all the years of the split, the trophy will recognize BOTH champions, without giving preference to either. If only it were that easy for the rest of us….

    Comment by Steve Kornya — October 13, 2011 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

    • What’s sad is, Buzz Calkins and Scott Sharp couldn’t carry Jimmy Vasser’s helmet.

      Editor’s Note: What’s real is that Jimmy Vasser did not need milk, and is now the answer to a trivia question.

      Comment by TroyM — October 13, 2011 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  4. Unlike the Disciple, Steve kornya is right on the money. Bravo!

    Comment by Bill B. — October 13, 2011 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  5. I think it’s awesome that so many people whined about a TROPHY! A TROPHY! I applaud Randy Bernard every day for getting out of bed and going into work when he is up against so many “diehard fans” that would go as far to complain about a TROPHY! These diehard fans act is if when they go to races (if they even do) will be handed a replica and will be stuck with it. If this is the type of issues that Randy has to put up with I don’t blame him a bit if he takes his services somewhere else. Complaining about a schedule is one thing, a trophy that none of us will ever own is another. Sad Sad Sad.

    Comment by Brad — October 13, 2011 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  6. I fail to understand why they need a special trophy, Why not just give another trophy like is awarded each race winner, History will always be recorded in race winners books and reports, How many have seen the trophy that Bill Holland won or the trophy that was awarded the 1948 champion Ted Horn, 1941 National Champ Rex Mays, 1935 National Champion Kelly Petillo, these drivers raced Indy Cars and won many races with no special Trophy given to the champion.

    I really think it was a big mistake having a Road & Street Champion then also a Oval Champion.when I was growing up all I remember is the National Champion were awarded a trophy. IMO Jimmy Bryan was the greatest Champion in my day.

    Comment by rosco — October 13, 2011 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  7. It was an ugly trophy and did not do justice to the champion.

    I am glad its gone. I wish all the other problems in Indycar was that easy to solve.

    Comment by Bob F. — October 14, 2011 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

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