2018 Honda Indy Toronto Drivers

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It’s one of the most famous podium celebrations in motor racing history. Four-time CART champion Sebastien Bourdais, having finished second in the first race of a 2013 Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader, doesn’t notice that the crystal trophy he’s just picked up isn’t attached to its wooden pedestal. Seconds later, time stands still as the runners-up trophy slooooowly tips over, bounces off the podium twice, and detonates itself right in front of third-placed Dario Franchitti.

You can’t buy that kind of publicity, and you could almost feel the entirety of the IndyCar community hold its breath when Bourdais finished the second race of the day on the podium as well!

“It was definitely … interesting,” explains Claudia Truchan, general manager of William Ashley, which has handled the logistics and delivery of Honda Indy Toronto trophies since 2010. “I remember receiving the phone call from our team that day – I was at the track to help present the trophies – and our operations manager was saying, “Oh my God, oh my God, the trophy broke, oh my God!” We were disappointed for Sebastien, but secretly quite relieved it wasn’t the winner’s trophy!”

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Sebastien Bourdais of France, driver of the #7 Dragon Racing Chevrolet Dallara, second place holding his broken trophy, Scott Dixon of New Zealand, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara , winner, and Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara, third place, stand on the podium after race #1 of the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto on July 13, 2013 in the streets of Toronto. Robert Laberge / Getty Images

Rather than being swept furiously beneath the rug, this potential PR nightmare has become one of the most endearing moments in an eight-year relationship between the Honda Indy Toronto, Waterford Crystal and its Canadian emporium, William Ashley. Indeed, five days before this year’s race, staff at WA’s flagship store in Toronto even presented Bourdais with a paper replica of the 2018 trophies he was there to unveil. Which, naturally, he dropped.

In the last five years though, there have been no panic-induced calls from top brass to screw, glue, or in any way permanently affix the Waterford Crystal trophies to their respective wooden pedestals. That’s not the kind of craftsmanship Ireland’s oldest and most famous crystal artisans are known for, after all.

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