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Mom Ready for Some Rip Roaring, Sensory-Friendly NASCAR Fun!


Melissa Olimpaito is the mom of a 15 year-old boy on the autism spectrum who is a NASCAR fanatic. She wrote this heartfelt note to our friends at Dover Speedway.


Hi. I'm writing in reference to the June 3rd “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” at Dover Speedway in Delaware. My husband and I will be attending the race with our 15- year old autistic son as part of the special sensory-friendly Autism Speaks Day at the Races program.  My son is a huge fan of all sports and especially loves NASCAR. When I heard that you were creating a special section of seats in your indoor grandstand I couldn’t believe it. It was like hitting the lottery because we have always wanted to have him attend a race but the noise, bleachers and crowds are way too overwhelming. 


Since we told him about going he hasn't asked about the drivers, Junior and Danica being his favorites, but if he could meet the flagman or officials, wave the flag, or help the pit crew get the gas and tires ready. All the things I think are probably overlooked by many.  It's funny because I've been with my husband to Dover several times, not by my's a lonnnnngggg day for me since I’m not such a huge fan. But it has been a long time since I have been so excited about an event. I hope he enjoys it as much as I think he will. Thanks to whoever organized this race.  What an opportunity of a lifetime this will be for him!


To purchase tickets and for more information about the special pre-race program featuring an appearance by driver Jamie McMurray click here 

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