(April 22, 2014) – For the fourth straight year, Autism Speaks, Dover International Speedway (NYSE: DVD) and FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) have joined forces in support of individuals and families affected by autism. FedEx will return as the title sponsor of the “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 1, 2014. In addition, fans now have an opportunity to have their names displayed on Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Toyota.
The FedEx paint scheme puzzle piece campaign is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for NASCAR fans to raise funds for the autism community while taking part in the racing action at Dover International Speedway. For a minimum donation of $11 to Autism Speaks, fans’ first names and last initials can be inscribed on a puzzle piece design featured on the No. 11 car driven by Denny Hamlin at the “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.”
"It's a great opportunity for the fans and is for a great cause," said Hamlin. "Autism affects so many people, and these donations will help with research and other important things that the Autism Speaks organization does."
Beginning Monday, April 21, and continuing through Sunday, May 4, fans can visit www.fedexracing.com/fedex400 for further information and to make a donation. Space is limited. Shortly after May 4, FedEx will unveil the Autism Speaks paint scheme to participants via an email containing a link to a special campaign website.
The paint scheme puzzle piece campaign is coupled with the news that for the third straight year, the Autism Speaks Day at the Races event will be part of the June 1 race at Dover. This unique event provides those on the autism spectrum, and their families, with the opportunity to attend a NASCAR race in a comfortable environment. The special ticket package provides seating in a sensory friendly area within the air-conditioned grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers great views of the race along the backstretch of the track; pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities; brief presentations by educational speakers in the morning; food and drink; and much more.
Tickets for the Autism Speaks Day at the Races cost $88 for adults and $20 for children ages 14 and younger. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Autism Speaks. To purchase tickets to Autism Speaks Day at the Races while supplies last, call 800-441-RACE or visit http://www.doverspeedway.com/landing/AutismSpeaks/autismspeaks.php
This marks the eighth straight year the Monster Mile is partnering with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to help raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout the weekend.
Another returning element to help raise awareness for the cause is the program that will see drivers in all three national touring series display Autism Speaks decals on their cars throughout the weekend. In 2013, 66 drivers participated.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 30-June 1 for the June 1 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway or on Twitter at @MonsterMile.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.
About Dover International Speedway
Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also hosts the annual Firefly Music Festival on its property each summer. Produced by Chicago-based Red Frog Events, the four day event features more than 100 bands on seven stages in The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. For further information, log on to www.DoverMotorsports.com.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $45 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.