JAMIE MCMURRAY AND THE NASCAR FOUNDATION TEAM UP FOR AUTISM CONCORD, N.C. (April 17, 2007) - Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray is teaming up with the NASCAR Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for autism. The Jamie McMurray ...
JAMIE MCMURRAY AND THE NASCAR FOUNDATION TEAM UP FOR AUTISM
CONCORD, N.C. (April 17, 2007) - Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray is teaming up with the NASCAR Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for autism. The Jamie McMurray Foundation will help lead this effort during "National Autism Awareness Month" in April. On Wednesday, April 18th, the NASCAR Foundation website (www.nascar.com/foundation) will kick off an online auction with the funds going directly towards the Jamie McMurray Foundation.
"I'm really excited the NASCAR Foundation decided to team up with us and the efforts we are making this month to raise awareness of autism," said McMurray. "I have an eight-year old niece who suffers from autism. I see how it affects her and our entire family. With April being 'National Autism Awareness Month' we thought it would be the best time to kick off the auction.
"It's really heartwarming to see some of the items that have been donated to our cause. A bunch of drivers have donated items such as firesuits, hats and driving shoes. Outside of NASCAR, we have cookbooks from Mario Batali, a football from Tony Dungy, signed pictures from NFL players Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, and autographed photos from singer John Mayer and others. It's pretty amazing to see the variety of items we received for the auction and it just shows how autism impacts people from all walks of life."
The Jamie McMurray Foundation (JMF) was formed in May 2006 to promote awareness of, and raise funding for research, education, and support for individuals and families afflicted with autism. The JMF is dedicated to bringing the financial backing and support of the NASCAR community, together with the passion and commitment of the autism community, to promote better understanding of this challenging disability.
Fans will have the opportunity to go online and bid at these items beginning on Wednesday, April 18th. All of the funds received from this auction will be given to the Jamie McMurray Foundation.
Along with actual auction items, fans will have the opportunity to bid on race experiences. This week, one item will be a VIP experience at Talladega SuperSpeedway. The lucky fan will get a behind-the-scenes look at FOX's Hollywood Hotel, a VIP tour, and meet and greet with Jamie McMurray.
"I feel very fortunate to be able to put my name behind such a great auction and cause. From the VIP experience to FOX allowing a fan the behind-the-scenes access to the Hollywood Hotel - it's all pretty amazing," said McMurray.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR's largest team operating 13 motorsports teams, five in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; five in the Busch Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Todd Kluever, Michel Jourdain Jr. and Danny O'Quinn Jr.; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Edwards, Peter Shepherd, Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell and T.J. Bell.
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: www.nascar.com/foundation.