Kasey Kahne's car design for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway drew inspiration from a number of sources, but with a vision from one young patient at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Kahne showed off this weekend's creative look for the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet on Tuesday at The Drive, an annual charity golf event partnership with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson near the driver's Washington hometown of Enumclaw.
Noelia Gutierrez, an 8-year-old leukemia patient from White Center in West Seattle, designed the No. 5 Chevy for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). The colorful look was the winner of an online vote in May, topping Kahne's hand-picked list of four finalists.
Gutierrez's vision incorporated the colors of soccer club FC Barcelona, a jaguar-inspired animal print and also includes a rainbow of musical notes and the Seattle city skyline. The young patient sent her well-wishes in a YouTube video from the children's hospital, telling Kahne, "in my heart, I feel that you're actually going to win. I wish you good luck and I know you can do this."
The flashy paint scheme is the result of a collaborative effort between sponsor Great Clips and the hospital's Strong Against Cancer initiative. The Kahne-Wilson Drive charity event presented a check for $400,000 to the Seattle Children's Hospital and Strong Against Cancer last year.