Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 will see a couple of cars with truly special paint schemes designed by young people battling health issues.
Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will carry the colors of Great Clips Strong Against Cancer, The design on his car was created by 8-year-old Noelia Gutierrez of White Center, Washington.
Gutierrez was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in March 2015, and is a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital in its Strong Against Cancer program, which uses immunotherapy to fight cancer.
Kasey Kahne’s No. 5.
Great Clips received about 40 design submissions from the children. Kahne narrowed the entries down to his favorite four, and the fans voted Noelia the winner.
"When Noelia found out she won we were at Seattle Children’s," Noelia’s mother, Emilia Gutierrez, told Seattle Children’s Hospital. "She was screaming and jumping, but she was also trying not to be too loud since we were in the hospital. She was so excited! We couldn’t believe it."
David Ragan’s No. 23 BK Racing Toyota will carry a designed created by 16-year-old Hailey Randall, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Randall came up with the metallic-silver paint scheme as part of the Healing Power of Love contest that was open to patients at all 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The design incorporates the Healing Power of Love theme with a red ribbon that wraps around the entire car. Ragan is a member of Shriners International.
"I designed the car that I would want to drive so it is a dream come true to see it in real life and on the race track" said Randall. "I am so happy that my design was selected to represent how Shriners Hospitals sends Love to the rescue every day to kids just like me."