This Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will have a special surprise for the winner, as (s)he will be taking home a trophy representing a unique part of Ford Racing history.
The Speedway and Ford Racing collaborated on a special trophy that is an exact replica of the steering wheel of Henry Ford’s first race car, the 1901 Sweepstakes racer. The base of the trophy features a plaque that includes an engraving of Henry Ford and his riding mechanic, Spider Huff.
Ol’ Henry drove Sweepstakes to an upset victory in his one and only race on October 10, 1901 − a win that helped attract investors to help create the Ford Motor Company in June 1903.
“We’re pleased that the winner of the Ford EcoBoost 400 will get such a unique trophy,” said the great-grandson of Henry Ford, Edsel B. Ford II. “The steering wheel visually represents the start of the Ford Racing program 113 years ago, and the winner of it will need to do the same thing great-grandfather did that day – defeat the best drivers in America.”
The Ford EcoBoost 400, which will decide the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, will take place at 3:00 pm ET on Sunday, November 16, 2014.