Kids with type 1 diabetes to design Ryan Blaney’s Brickyard 400 car

More than 35 children ages 5-18 with type 1 diabetes are raising funds for T1D research by submitting race car designs in a contest hosted by Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.

The winning designer and his or her family will earn a trip to the July 26 Brickyard 400 at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where they will be guests of Sprint Cup driver Ryan Blaney as he campaigns the winning design on his No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford.

Every child entering the contest raises money for JDRF — the leading global organization funding T1D research — by asking their friends and family to "vote" through donations. The top 10 highest-earning entries advance, with the winner decided by representatives from JDRF, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing, and Wood Brothers Racing.

Donations are accepted through April 24, with voting on the race car designs continuing through June 1 at www.FordRaceCar.jdrf.org.

Last year’s winner, 11-year-old Carson Magee of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, raised $3,735 in the contest. Magee, an 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. Those with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump multiple times a day.