DOVER, DEL. (May 12, 2009) – Ever dream of waving the green flag to start a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race? Ever want to play a round of golf with your favorite NASCAR drivers and sports celebrities? Fans can turn their dreams into reality by placing the highest bid in a pair of online auctions available now on http://auctions.nascar.com. Fans can bid on the opportunity to be named the Honorary Starter for the May 31 “Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, or enter a foursome in the “Drive for Autism Celebrity-Am Golf Outing” on May 28.
The highest bidder will have the exclusive title of Honorary Starter and will wave the green flag from the starter's stand to start the May 31 "Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The winner will also receive an autographed checkered flag signed by the starting lineup of the May 31 race, be on stage for driver introductions, four tickets to watch the race from a luxury suite, four pit passes, a guided tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, and an original Monster Mile oil painting by artist Howard Mathurine.
The second item up for bid will give fans the opportunity to play golf in the "Drive for Autism Celebrity-Am Golf Outing" on Thursday, May 28 in Wilmington, Del. along with NASCAR drivers and other sports celebrities such as Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Darrell Waltrip, Philadelphia Eagles kicker David Akers, and many more. The package currently up for bid includes a golf outing for four guests, four tickets and pit passes each for the May 29 "AAA Insurance 200," May 30 "Heluva Good! 200" and May 31 "Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese" races at Dover International Speedway, and four passes for a guided tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage.
Fans can place their bid now for either auction by visiting http://auctions.nascar.com and clicking "Tickets & Experiences" under the category list on the left side of the page. Both auctions close on Monday, May 18, 2009 at 5 p.m. EST. All proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks.
Great seats are still available for NASCAR's return to the Monster Mile on May 29-31. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, 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 funds more than $30 million each year in new autism research, in addition to supporting the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, Autism Clinical Trials Network, Autism Tissue Program and a range of other scientific and medical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning, multi-year national public service advertising campaign with the Ad Council. Autism Speaks' family services efforts include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and the distribution of community grants to local service providers. Its government relations department, through its Autism Votes initiative, has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the federal government's response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to require insurers to cover medically-necessary autism therapies. Each year, Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism fundraising events are held in more than 70 cities across the country, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. To learn more about Autism Speaks, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.
About Dover International Speedway
Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate four tracks in three states, and present more than 400 motorsports events each year. This includes 14 major, national events which include races sanctioned by NASCAR and NHRA. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. For further information log on to www.DoverMotorsports.com.