Ackerman: Omaha artist crafts Daytona 500 trophies
The Harley Earl Trophy, including Trevor Bayne's for winning the 2011 Daytona 500, has been crafted for the past 17 years by Omaha artist John Lajba. At least four businesses in Omaha help the building process along before the trophy is shipped to Daytona Beach, Fla.
Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:00 am
This Sunday at the completion of the Daytona 500, the winning driver will head to victory lane to receive the accolades of fans, lots of money and a special delivery from Omaha — the Harley Earl Trophy.
The winning driver will have traveled 500 miles. As for the trophy, or should we say trophies — there are two, one for the owner and one for the driver — they will have completed a 1,400-mile journey to Daytona Beach, Fla., from a downtown Omaha studio of artist John Lajba.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:00 am.