The Monster-Mile at Dover is back and with this race weekend a tradition continues Dover International Speedway has partnered with Autism Speaks, as it has done the previous five years. For the second year Fed-Ex is the title sponsor for the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, helping to raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout the race weekend.
Drivers from the three national touring series will again help create autism awareness during the June 1-3, 2012 race weekend. All together 17 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, 17 from the NASCAR Nationwide series and 13 from the NASCAR Camping World Truck series are participating.
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Fed-Ex Toyota, will feature a special Autism Speaks paint scheme on his car, another part of the strong support Fed-Ex is showing for Autism Speaks race weekend.
In addition, to Hamlin, David Gilliland, driver of the #38 Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports, will also sport a special Autism Speaks paint scheme on his car to show support for the cause during Sunday’s race.
“FedEx is a firm believer in giving back to the community and it is a core mission of FedEx to support the important work of charities such as Autism Speaks,” said T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president of Market Development at FedEx. “As the official sponsor of the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, we are able to leverage our involvement in the racing world for this great cause.”
“Dover, NASCAR and Fed-Ex have been incredible partners and supporters, and we are extremely grateful for this exciting opportunity to not only raise awareness and critical funding, but to also involve families in an entirely new way,” said Mark Roithmary, Autism Speaks president.
The day begins with the doors opening at 9:30 a.m., followed by several brief presentations such as: “Living on the Spectrum” and “Autism Speaks in the Community,” as well as a presentation on the latest developments in autism research by a member of Autism Speaks’ science team and by Autism Delaware. Appearances will be mad by NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs and driver Jamie McMurray, who stars in Autism Speaks’ “Learn the Signs” PSA campaign, produced in partnership with the Ad Council.
Race Weekend Raises Awareness of Autism
In what has become tradition at Dover International Speedway in the six years the track has partnered with Autism Speaks, drivers will again help create autism awareness during the June 1-3, 2012 race weekend by showing their support with a decal on their respective cars.
Drivers across all three series have stepped up to raise awareness for the cause during the Dover race weekend by featuring a decal of the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo on their cars in the June 1 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the June 2 “5-hour ENERGY 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the June 3 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The all-inclusive event marks the first-ever autism friendly NASCAR race and gives families an opportunity to experience a NASCAR race in an environment specifically designed for the enjoyment of children with autism. Autism Speaks Day at the Races will be held in Dover’s air-conditioned grandstand, offering a great view of the Monster Mile from the backstretch and will feature brief presentations by educational speakers in the morning, special appearances by NASCAR personalities, food and drink and much more.
In addition, the area will offer a dedicated quiet zone, set inside special rooms within the air-conditioned grandstands, where parents can bring their kids to get away from the crowd if necessary. The quiet zone will be sensory friendly, with muted lighting in a calmer environment, while also featuring video screens to keep up with the action on the track.
– Taken from NASCAR Media Services
CDC’s most recent data show that between 1 in 80 and 1 in 240 children with an average of 1 in 110 have an autism spectrum disorder. This is about 1% of children. These results reflect data collected by CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network in multiple communities throughout the U.S. in 2006
In addition to the race the 10th Annual largest autism fundraiser in the Carolina, takes place Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Z-max Dragway in Concord, NC, as we Walk Now for Autism Speaks!
For more information on the Walk Now for Autism Speaks!, contact Lauren Kidder at Lauren.Kidder@autismspeaks.org.