Simon Pagenaud and his dog both got their faces carved into the Indy 500 trophy

Simon Pagenaud’s Jack Russell Terrier, Norman, was there for just about every Indianapolis 500 celebratory moment. Norman posed for photos after the IndyCar Series driver won the Indy 500 pole, he offered pep talks for his human and he celebrated in Victory Lane after Pagenaud won one of the most iconic motor sports events in the world.

So naturally, Norman was included on the Indy 500 trophy.

Although a sculpture of only Pagenaud’s face was added to the massive Borg-Warner Trophy after the Team Penske driver won his first Indy 500, Norman was not forgotten when it came to the “Baby Borg” trophy — the one drivers actually get to keep — which was presented to Pagenaud on Monday at the team’s headquarters in North Carolina.

Right next to Pagenaud’s face on the “Baby Borg” is Norman’s, and it’s perfect.

While Norman is included in so many of Pagenaud’s racing moments, the 35-year-old driver still wasn’t expecting to see his dog’s likeness on the trophy too. Via Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

“It’s a funny surprise because I didn’t expect that at all,” Pagenaud said. “It just shows the impact that having Norman next to me has on the industry of racing. I’m glad to see that my dog is becoming immortal, so that is pretty cool.

“That moment in victory lane after winning the Indianapolis 500 when he was there will always be a moment (fiancée) Hailey (McDermott) and I remember our whole lives. It will be the best moment of our life until we have kids together.

“This will always be our little family at that time.”

While there wasn’t room for Norman on the big Borg-Warner Trophy, hopefully being the featured on the Baby Borg makes up for it.

In honor of this awesome moment, here are some of our favorite photos of Norman:

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Source:: ForTheWin

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