LAS VEGAS, April 3, 2013—Voting is now open in the sixth edition of the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, and Bob Tasca is excited to tell the stories of the young faces behind the designs posted now at http://www.fordracecar.jdrf.org.
Fifty children with T1D (type 1 diabetes) ages 5-18 have raised more than $9,000 in just one week of voting in the contest, with all funds going to research for a cure for the disease they all share.
It’s been a big focus for Tasca, who before launching the vote also visited the Mid-America Trucking Show with his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang and merchandise trailer on behalf of sponsor Mack Trucks.
This week Tasca heads to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he runnered-up last spring.
Family and friends of each child raising money in the “Our Everyday Heroes” contest can donate directly on his or her personal donation page within the website, then spread the news by sharing to their Facebook pages. Dialogue is spreading fast, which is great news for Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team.
Throughout the contest, Tasca, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing, Ford Racing and JDRF will post messages, donation updates and videos online to cheer on the children who are raising donations for JDRF through votes for their designs.
“The designs these kids come up with every year are just incredible,” said Tasca, who got a first-hand look at what it takes to handle T1D in the text message-based Type 1 for a Day (T14ADAY) program last fall.
For one day, Tasca received text messages every hour to remind him what he would need to do to manage T1D if he really had it.
Ford Customer Service Division and its brands Motorcraft and Quick Lane team up with JDRF to raise funds once a year, to complement the longtime relationship between JDRF and Ford Motor Company.
Tasca is happy to get back in his Funny Car for the first time since staying to test after the race in Gainesville, Fla.
“I’m ready to get back in that race car,” said Tasca, whose next round win on race day will be his 100th. “We’ve been working on quite a few different things and we have a car that can perform well at a track like Las Vegas.”
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.
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JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.