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NASCAR, Jamie McMurray Foundation Launch Auction to Benefit Autism Speaks

mcmurray NASCAR star Jamie McMurray, president of the Jamie McMurray Foundation, and the NASCAR Foundation, are teaming up together to help raise funds and awareness for autism. On April 18, 2007, the NASCAR Foundation website kicked off an online auction with all proceeds going directly towards the Jamie McMurray Foundation, benefiting Autism Speaks.

“I'm really excited the NASCAR Foundation decided to team up with us and the efforts we are making this month to raise awareness of autism,” said McMurray. “I have an eight-year old niece who suffers from autism. I see how it affects her and our entire family. With April being ‘National Autism Awareness Month' we thought it would be best time to kick off the auction."

He added: “It's really heartwarming to see some of the items that have been donated to our cause. A bunch of drivers have donated items such as firesuits, hats and driving shoes. Outside of NASCAR, we have cookbooks from Mario Batali, a football from Tony Dungy, signed pictures from Peyton Manning, Brett Farve, John Mayer and others. It's pretty amazing to see the reach of items we received for the auction.”

Along with actual auction items, fans will have the opportunity to bid on race experiences. One item will be a VIP experience at Talladega SuperSpeedway. The lucky fan will get a behind-the-scenes look at FOX's Hollywood Hotel, a VIP tour, and meet-and-greet with Jamie McMurray.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to put my name behind such a great auction and cause," added McMurray. "From the VIP experience to FOX allowing a fan the behind-the-scenes access to the Hollywood Hotel – it's all pretty amazing.”

Click here to visit the auction and bid on items. All auction proceeds benefit Autism Speaks, through The Jamie McMurray Foundation.

ABOUT THE JAMIE MCMURRAY FOUNDATION
The Jamie McMurray Foundation (JMF) was formed in May 2006 to promote awareness of, and raise funding for research, education, and support for individuals and families afflicted with autism. The JMF is dedicated to bringing the financial backing and support of the NASCAR community, together with the passion and commitment of the autism community, to promote better understanding of this challenging disability.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric, and Chairman, NBC Universal. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.