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Eight-Year-Old's 'All American' Paint Scheme Walks Away With Ford Customer Service Division's Funny Car Design Contest to Support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Date:9/17/2009

CONCORD, N.C., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III has always said he's just an all American kid driving an all American hot rod. During this weekend's NHRA event, his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang will certainly reflect that statement.

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After six weeks of voting and more than 300 designs submitted, Liam Flanagan, an eight-year-old resident of Williamstown, NJ, was selected as the winning designer in FCSD's Funny Car design contest to support JDRF. Flanagan's winning design will be featured on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Funny Car during the NHRA Carolinas Nationals in Concord, NC, on September 18-20.

"In history class we're learning about the Presidents, and that's why I drew the American Flag on the car," said Flanagan, on the inspiration for his design.

The Flanagan family, along with Tasca and representatives from FCSD, unveiled the 'Take a Walk in Our Shoes' paint scheme Thursday, September 17 at Tasca's race shop in Concord, NC. On Friday, Liam and his family will attend their first NHRA race and watch the JDRF-themed Shelby Mustang qualify for the Second Annual NHRA Carolina Nationals.

"I've never been to a race before," said Liam. "My Mom and Dad, grandparents, sisters and I are so excited to watch Bob drive the car with my design on it."

Flanagan raised $5,200 for JDRF with his design, the most of any designer. That number, added to the money raised by the more than 300 car designs that were submitted, brought the total for the contest to $39,542.59 for research for Type 1 diabetes.

"Liam's design looks fantastic on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang," said Brett
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