INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – This year’s Brickyard 400 race was named after John Wayne Walding, a Green Beret who lost part of his lower leg during a tour in Iraq.
Walding’s brother entered his name in the contest that usually gets thousands of applicants. The public voted for the finalists, and Walding came out the winner.
“It’s just a humbling experience to know, you know that I lost a leg for my country, but it’s the best country in the world, and the reason why it’s the best country, because of people like Crown Royal and you that care to share this story and just know that the people who defend our freedom are worth caring for, said Walding.
The 33-year-old was honorably discharged after 12-years of service back in 2012.
“I am not a hero. The men that didn’t make it home that gave the ultimate sacrifice, they are the heroes and I just try to do the best that I can to live for them,” Walding shared.