Crown Royal Honors John Wayne Walding, American Hero

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John Wayne Walding in front of the famous IMS Pagoda

Recently we were invited by Crown Royal to attend their NASCAR race in Indianapolis for the 2nd straight year. The race was officially called Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by, and it was won for the record fifth time by Jeff Gordon. Last week we brought you an original photo gallery of what the race looked like through our camera lens. Today we wanted to focus on the hero who the race was named for.

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John Wayne Walding in front of the IMS Hall of Fame

Each year, Crown Royal awards naming rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to a deserving American Hero. This year’s race was named after Green Beret, John Wayne Walding :

John Wayne Walding, 32, of Little Elm, Texas, served in the United States Army for 12 years with seven of those years being in the 3rd Special Forces Group, completing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite losing his lower right leg while serving overseas, Walding was the first amputee to graduate Special Forces Sniper School.

Walding was truly an impressive guy and wowed everyone at the press conference. When asked about this being his first NASCAR race ever attended in person, he had a clever response :

Walding received an amazing VIP experience at the track throughout race weekend, and we have some awesome photographs from Crown Royal to prove it…

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John Wayne Walding Press Conference with Terrence J and Justin Moore

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John Wayne Walding Poses with the Pace Car

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John Wayne Walding hands with Terrence J

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John Wayne Walding Poses with Justin Moore

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John Wayne Walding Checks out Kevin Harvick’s Car in the Pits

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John Wayne Walding Enjoys the Crown Royal 400

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John Wayne Walding Presents the Brickyard Trophy to Jeff Gordon

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John Wayne Walding Kisses the Bricks

Philip Van der Vossen

Editor at Gunaxin
Philip Van der Vossen is the Editor of Gunaxin, a Men's Lifestyle Magazine that was established in 2008. Philip also created and hosts the Trail Trek Tour, a traveling series of off-road events for automotive media.

Additionally, Philip has served as Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association, Speaker at IMPAcon and Blogs with Balls, Chairman of the Relay For Life of North Anne Arundel County, Examiner Team Leader for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, and Credentialed Founder of Capitals Outsider.

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