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February 07, 2014 | By IMS
A unique and contemporary concept submitted by Dan Nichols of Huntington Beach, Calif., will serve as the inspirational design for the winner’s trophy for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis – the first IndyCar Series road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Race drivers often say that it is about winning the trophy and nothing else! We are excited that the drivers in the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be racing for a trophy inspired by Dan Nichols, a fan of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “We received more than 150 trophy design submissions from fans and artists, and the passion for IMS and the sport showed through in the quality and creativity of the entries. IMS joins with the Arts Council of Indianapolis in thanking all of the entrants for their participation and we congratulate Dan Nichols for his design. I look forward to seeing this beautiful trophy hoisted over the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis winner’s head in victory lane on May10.”
Nichols was recognized at a trophy unveiling ceremony earlier today at the Indianapolis Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis. Nichols will receive a replica of the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis trophy, two suite tickets to the inaugural race and a post-race photo with the winner of the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10.
“It was total disbelief when I’d heard that I had won,” Nichols said. “I thought I might’ve been the runner-up or something and that would’ve been exciting, but to actually win it is amazing. This is very humbling and I get the chills when I think about it. To be involved with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis blows me away.”
A lifelong INDYCAR fan who grew up idolizing Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt, Nichols has attended most IndyCar Series races at Long Beach, Calif., since the mid-1990s. Nichols, who designs consumer kitchen products for Caliber Range Corporation in Huntington Beach, had never designed a trophy, until now.
“My inspiration was drawn from a desire to design something iconic, elegant, and strong, while giving homage to the exceptional racing heritage of Indianapolis,” Nichols said. “I sought to integrate familiar cues such as pistons, the oval, and the iconic wings in a dramatic uplifting way. My hope is that this trophy would be something INDYCAR fans would enjoy and Indy winners would revel in lifting up over their heads in celebration.”
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Arts Council of Indianapolis introduced the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Trophy Design Project on Nov. 22, 2013, providing all interested parties the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to submit designs to be considered for the winner’s trophy for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. All entered trophy designs were judged on relevance to racing, originality and creativity.
The contest entries were reviewed by a panel of judges, including members from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, IMS executives, reigning IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon and IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden. The deadline for submitting entries was Jan. 18.
Rules and regulations for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Trophy Design Contest are available at: www.ims.com/trophycontest.
The new Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the reconfigured IMS road course will jump-start Month of May activities at IMS and build toward the 98th Indianapolis 500 later in the month. New spectator mounds and grandstands will be available in the infield section of the course to create exciting, fan-friendly vantage points.
Month of May activities will begin with IndyCar Series practice for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis Thursday, May 8 on the new-look, 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS road course. Practice and qualifying are scheduled for Friday, May 9, with the race Saturday, May 10.
All series in the Mazda Road to Indy will compete during the event, placing a singular spotlight on all levels of North American open-wheel racing throughout May at the Racing Capital of the World.
For more information on the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, visit www.GPofIndianapolis.com.
2014 ticket information: Ticket information is available for the four events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 98th Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Fans can order tickets at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.