Visit Helps Sculptor Put Personal Touch on Helio’s Borg Image

Helio Castroneves already has three versions of his likeness on the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, but the process to get his face on the iconic trophy for a fourth time after winning the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is an entirely new experience. While Behrends has sculpted Castroneves’ face three previous times for his wins in 2001, ’02 and ’09, this was the first time Castroneves visited Behrends’ studio. Until 2015, Behrends created the faces on the Borg-Warner Trophy simply from 360-degree, black and white photos taken the morning after the race. “To see that level of detail was awesome,” Castroneves said. Getting the details correct is exactly why Behrends thrives on having the drivers join him in person. “He’s got a great face for what I do,” Behrends said. As their visit ended, Behrends showed Castroneves his three previous likenesses and how the fourth one shows a more mature NTT INDYCAR SERIES veteran.

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