The Rolex Sports Car Series trophy has been one of the most coveted awards in the history of racing not only because of the level of competition involved, but also due to the trophyâ€™s design. This year the champions will have a new motivation as the more meticulously designed trophy has been unveiled. The champions of 2011 will be awarded with the new Rolex Sports Car Series Perpetual Trophy. The trophy was unveiled at the Daytona International Speedway on the 29th of January. The unveiling ceremony took place amidst enthused drivers and teams right before the Rolex 24 At Daytona was flagged off. Since the trophy was designed by Steuben Glass, the ceremony was attended by officials from the glass design company, besides those from GRAND-AM.
The sculpture has been specially commissioned in order to celebrate the Daytona Prototype champions of the Rolex Sports Car Series. Eric Hilton is the master designer behind the more elaborately designed perpetual trophy. He is a 35 year veteran with Steuben Glass and has various other grand works to his credit. Steuben Glass can also be credited with the design of the Jim Trueman and Bob Akins Awards. The awards are essentially presented to the topmost Pro-Am drivers in the Rolex Sports Car Series. The other coveted trophy designed by the glass company includes the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen trophy.
Talking about being given the opportunity to design the trophy, Jeffrey Brenner, the Director of Special Markets and Special Commissions at Steuben Glass commented that the company was extremely proud of its partnership with the prestigious GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and that it was thought worthy of being a part of the introduction of the perpetual trophy. He added that the company appreciated the synergy created by the association of these iconic American brands. Eric Hilton went on to state that it was a very complex design he had executed and that he created the design after a thorough consultation with many people at the GRAND-AM. He further stated that the trophy represented a vision of precision and teamwork, the two cornerstones upon which the entire Rolex Sports Car Series runs. He went on to add that the major sculpture also employed many of the elements that the glass company is celebrated for.
The New Rolex Series Perpetual Trophy was unveiled by the defending champions, Scott Pruett and Max Papis. The trophy will be on display at the GRAND-AM headquarters that are situated at the Daytona Beach. The one-of-a-kind trophy will be presented as part of the 2011 annual year-end awards ceremony. The designing company, Steuben Glass is known for its extraordinary range of crystal that is made keeping in mind a variety of tastes, just as the Rolex timepieces that are crafted to suit the most refined of tastes. Steuben Glass has made its mark in the glass design industry over the past century by balancing advanced technologies and traditional glassmaking techniques Together the brands will be recognizing the endurance and skills of the participants of the 2011 Rolex Sports Car Series with the stunning trophy.