Motorcraft's Race Car Design Contest for JDRF Enters Top 10 Phase

Ten children ages 6-13 from across the nation have reached the Top 10 in the Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, hosted by Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) and its brands, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.


Those in the Top 10 amassed the most donations for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research in the first round of voting, which ended April 24. The winning design will be selected from these 10 finalists by FCSD, JDRF and Wood Brothers Racing, which owns the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion stock car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Wood Brothers No. 21 car will carry the winning design in the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 26, 2015. The winning designer will experience a trip of a lifetime, seeing the car that he or she designed race at the famed Indiana speedway.


The finalists, their age and hometown are:


  • Alex B., 9, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

  • Grace B., 7, Brookfield, Wisc.

  • Anna H., 6, Newarak, Del.

  • Maddilynn K., 11, Houston, Tex.

  • Logan M., 13, Elknom, Neb.

  • Logan M., 8, Haddam, Conn.

  • Brian P., 8, West Chester, Ohio

  • Ethan R., 7, Beverly Hills, Mich.

  • Parker S., 9, Napa, Calif.

  • Maryn W., 8, Basehor, Mo.


The contest started in March with more than 40 children ages 5-18 living with T1D from around the country raising money at As voting continues in this final phase of the contest until June 1, 2015, the Top 10 will be paired with Ford dealers in their areas who will assist them with their fundraising efforts.


Every child who entered raised money for JDRF by asking their friends and family to “vote” with donations. The money raised will help to continue JDRF’s efforts to turn Type One into Type None through the support of research.


“We started with 42 child designers and are now pleased to unveil the Top 10 finalists,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of marketing for Ford Customer Service Division. “Each entrant has done an outstanding job helping to raise more than $28,000 for T1D research in the first phase of the competition. We can’t wait to see the winning design at the Brickyard, racing around that famous speedway.”


Last year’s winner, Carson Magee, 11, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, raised $3,735 in the contest that gave him the racing experience of a lifetime. Magee, a very active advocate for JDRF, was diagnosed with T1D at age 7.


T1D is a disease in which the body’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump, multiple times every day. Even vigilant management does not ward against T1D complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of T1D research, focused on supporting key therapies that hold significant promise in achieving a world without T1D.


Ford Motor Company’s relationship with JDRF spans three decades. In 2008, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing joined the effort. In seven years, the race car design contest has raised more than $400,000 for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of T1D research.

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