Maryn Winters, an eight-year-old from Basehor, Kansas has been chosen as the winner in a car-designing contest put on by JDRF and Motorcraft Quick Lane. Winters has been battling type 1 diabetes since the age of four.
As you can see above, Winters’s design features key meanings throughout the paint scheme and includes children holding balloons, a rainbow and flowers. The concept was one she thought was meaningful when raising awareness for type 1 diabetes.
“I am so excited about winning,” said Maryn, whose design raised $3,460 at www.fordracecar.jdrf.org during the contest. “I entered last year and couldn’t wait to design another car this year. This is awesome! I drew the kids because they are the other kids I have met that are fighting this disease everyday like me. The rainbow is a sign of hope. The balloons are for hope for a cure.”
The unique paint scheme will be raced by Ryan Blaney in the Crown Royal 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26. Winters and her family will also be invited to watch the paint scheme she designed go around the 2.5-mile track.
“We’re excited to have Maryn’s beautiful design on our car at the Brickyard,” said Eddie Wood, co-owner of the Wood Brothers in a release announcing the winner. “As a team and as a family, we get tremendous satisfaction from being able to contribute to JDRF’s cause of eliminating type 1 diabetes.”
During the paint scheme program, each participant helped raise $39,000 for JDRF research for diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that is autoimmune and destroys insulin-producing cells.