INDIANAPOLIS - Every year, Crown Royal holds a contest to honor one person with naming rights to the Brickyard 400.
This year, that honor went to John Wayne Walding, a 32-year-old U.S. Army veteran.
The Texas native beat out thousands of other applicants in the annual Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" Contest.
Walding served in the Army for 12 years, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lost his lower right leg while serving overseas.
Walding said he is a big NASCAR fan, though he has never attended a race.
"This is something that I never, ever experiences, and to be able to come and be well-received by Indianapolis – the people have been great – and again, it's just mental validation for our sacrifice," Walding said. "Vietnam guys, they didn't get this."
Walding was the first amputee to graduate from the Army's Special Forces Sniper School.
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