Sam Bass, the affable artist who designed some of NASCAR's most iconic cars and program covers, announced Sunday morning that he is starting dialysis and needs a kidney transplant.
Bass, who created the design for Jeff Gordon's rainbow #24 car, has Type 1 diabetes. In 2008, Bass lost the lower portion of his left leg. In 2014, a blood infection led to septic shock and he needed four surgeries within three weeks to survive.
Bass opened a new studio minutes from Charlotte Motor Speedway in September.
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