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E.V. Cain student designs NASCAR model

E.V. Cain seventh-grader looks to bring awareness to Type 1 juvenile diabetes through NASCAR design contest
By: Andrew DiLuccia, Journal Motoring Editor
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Josh Sweat would like to see a cure for juvenile diabetes fast, so it makes sense he would take his message to the side of a NASCAR racecar. Only thing is ... he needs your help to get it done. The 12-year-old seventh-grader at E.V. Cain Middle School is hoping enough people will click on his design of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar highlighting the need for a cure of Type 1 juvenile diabetes. Sponsored by Toyota Racing, the Sponsafy Your Ride Contest invites people from all over the country to design their own racecar skin and pick the Toyota Racing driver’s car they want to have it on. Fans can then vote on their favorite design. The top 10 vote-getters in the country will then be voted on again, and then judged by Toyota Racing officials for the top award, having their design put on a car at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, May 22 in Charlotte, N.C. “It’s very exciting. Being somebody out of a small town would be incredible (to win),” Josh said. “You stand in the pits and stand next to the car you designed and you get interviewed on national TV to talk about why you designed what you did.” Josh has chosen Kyle Busch as his driver to represent his design, which he says has the support of Busch. The NASCAR driver is a friend of Josh’s family, which includes the Martins, owners of Strictly Toy-ondas repair shop in Auburn, and Martin Motorsports. Diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile diabetes on Sept., 28, 2006, Josh, along with his family, has been vocal and active in his support for a cure for the disease, which requires him to prick his fingers several times a day to check his blood sugar levels. “He goes through a lot,” said his mother, Tonya Sweat. “He had to grow up a lot once he was diagnosed.” The civic-minded junior high student has raised more than $1,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, and also worked to raise funds for local service clubs and organizations. He’s even earned first place at the California State Science Fair for his research into the effects of Humalog and Novalog insulin. “I’m very proud of him for everything he does,” Tonya Sweat said. “He does a lot within the community.” The E.V. Cain volleyball player came across the racecar design contest while watching the Shelby American race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and then spent up to five days, three to four hours a day, designing his car for submission. Since his posting his design, which is officially in his mother’s name because you have to be 13 in order to take a lap in the winning car, Josh’s design has received 636 votes, and he’s seeking more. Those interested in voting for Josh’s car can visit sponsafier.com/#/gallery/view/156535 or go to martinracing.com, which has a link to the Sponsafy site. Josh has four days left to get votes for a chance to spread the word about the need for a cure for juvenile diabetes. So race to your computer and help his design circle the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22. Andrew DiLuccia can be reached at andrewd@goldcountrymedia.com. __________ Four days left Where to vote martinracing.com or sponsafier.com/#/gallery/view/156535