Dover International Speedway
In the seventh year of our partnership in 2013, Dover Motorsports hosted the second autism-friendly NASCAR race at the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. The day before was highlighted by a special track walk to raise funds for our mission. Race day featured special seating in Dover’s air-conditioned grandstand with a dedicated quiet zone where parents were able to bring their kids to get away from the crowd and noise at any point during the race, muted lighting, and a great view of the track's back stretch. This year’s program focused on the challenges that those affected by autism face as they transition into school and adulthood. It included presentations by Senator Chris Coons (D - Del.) and Katina Demetriou of Autism Delaware. Special appearances were made by NASCAR drivers Jamie McMurray and Carl Edwards as well as coach Joe Gibbs. Denny Hamlin drove the #11 FedEx car fashioned with a special Autism Speaks paint scheme, and the race was thrilling.
Check out these blog posts about Dover International Speedway:
Kerry’s Korner #19: NFL Legend Joe Gibbs Speaks
Kerry’s Korner #18: FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks takes the checkered flag at the Monster Mile
Brandon's Special Day with NASCAR
Kerry's Korner #17: Kerry Speaks About "Living with Autism"
FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks
Mom Ready for Some Rip Roaring, Sensory-Friendly NASCAR Fun!