2014 Brickyard 400 honors American hero

The official name of Sunday's race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard.

So who is John Wayne Walding? He's a special forces soldier who lost his leg in 2008, but continued serving for five more years.

Walding was always a NASCAR fan, but was too busy fighting a war to attend any races.

"I joined the Army in 2001 right before the towers fell, August 2001, and did the initial invasion of Iraq after seeing the Green Berets there. I went to the special forces qualifications course and spent the last eight years as a Green Beret," he said.

On April 6, 2008, Walding was with a Special Forces team, called an ODA, along with 60 Afghani commandos. They were going after a high-value target in Afghanistan. After a six-hour firefight, they went up against 250 insurgents "and we won. The result of that was four critically injured Americans, but none of us died, and ten Silver Stars were given, which made us the most decorated ODA since Vietnam," he said.

"I cannot be more proud to have lost my leg for my country because America's the best place in the world to live and it's not because it's America. It's the people that's in America that makes it great. I think we need to understand that the thank-you that we get, don't underestimate the magnitude of what thank-you means to this veteran," he said.