Joining Together to Help Bring Awareness to Autism

Mooresville, NC (March 24, 2009) – CJM Racing and America's Incredible Pizza Company will team up this season with the Autism Society of America to help bring awareness to a disorder that affects one in 150 American children. The complex disability is something America's Incredible Pizza Company CEO Rick Barsness and his wife Cheryl are all too familiar with.

"Our grandson was diagnosed with autism very young. We put this ribbon on our car to bring awareness to the struggle that so many families, as well as our own, face with the diagnosis of autism," remarked Cheryl Barsness. "We also wanted to declare loudly that there is hope for these children. Children with autism have hope through prayer, early intervention, biomedical intervention and lots of support. We have hope."

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

The month of April marks Autism Awareness month, the No. 11 America's Incredible Pizza Company Toyota will proudly display the Autism puzzle piece ribbon on the hood at the upcoming O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The new relationship will continue throughout the 2009 season as the Autism ribbon will be located on the c-post for the remaining America's Incredible Pizza Company races.

For more information regarding the Autism Society of America please visit www.autism-society.org.

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