CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, was prominently featured on the No. 88 Axalta/CARSTAR Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 last week at the NASCAR Cup Series event at Watkins Glen International in Schulyer County, NY.
This opportunity was thanks to a joint promotion with paint partner Axalta Coating Systems, which sponsors Alex Bowman and the No. 88 team at Hendrick Motorsports.
The CARSTAR logo was featured on the roof and television panel. In addition, Bowman wore a unique helmet in the race featuring a design created through the “Accelerate the Cure” contest for cystic fibrosis chapters across North America. The winner of the contest – Mikayla Bianchin, an 18-year-old from Hamilton, ON, created a dynamic design featuring healthy lungs, the DNA helix that carries the cystic fibrosis gene and beautiful roses that reflect what a future without cystic fibrosis (CF) would look like.
“Accelerating a cure would dramatically influence my life beyond belief,” said Bianchin. “The disease of cystic fibrosis is taking too many lives that want to be lived. Life can still be great when you are going through times that seem terrible, but a cure for cystic fibrosis would be the most beautiful event I could ever see.”
CARSTAR has supported the fight against cystic fibrosis for more than 20 years, and through a variety of fundraising initiatives, CARSTAR, its owners, partners and employees have raised over $3.7 million for cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy. For the Watkins Glen race, CARSTAR worked with cystic fibrosis chapters across the U.S. and Canada to host the “Accelerate the Cure” contest to design the special scheme for Bowman’s helmet.
The winning design was selected by representatives from Axalta, Hendrick Motorsports, CARSTAR, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The winner enjoyed a special VIP race experience at the Watkins Glen race, meeting Bowman and other NASCAR stars.