Texas II: Jamie McMurray Foundation donation

CONCORD, N.C. (October 31, 2007) - As the old saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. The saying certainly holds true for Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray this weekend as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels to Fort Worth, Texas for...

CONCORD, N.C. (October 31, 2007) - As the old saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. The saying certainly holds true for Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray this weekend as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels to Fort Worth, Texas for the Dickies 500 race weekend. This weekend, McMurray will sport a brand new paint scheme on the No. 26 Ford Fusion, donate $5,000 to a local autistic charity and be a special guest on SPEED Channel's "Trackside Live" show.

The No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion will have a special look this weekend. This will be the first time the "Special Reserve" paint scheme has donned the side of the No. 26 Ford Fusion.

Along with a special paint scheme this weekend, the Jamie McMurray Foundation will be making a $5,000 donation to the Gladys Golman/Faye Dallen Education Fund (GGFDEF) on Friday morning at the No. 26 hauler.

Louis and Robin Zweig, co-founders of the GGFDEF, started the education fund in September 2007 with the vision to provide educational resources for Dallas-area religious-school teachers so that they, and their students with learning differences, could fulfill their educational responsibilities and needs. The fund finances educational seminars and training days, and focuses on helping teachers and religious-school leaders develop classroom strategies for learning differences such as autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and other neurological disorders.

"When we discovered that we had a huge need in the community for religious-school teachers to be trained and educated for children with learning differences I knew we had to do something that the entire city could benefit from," said Louis Zweig, co-founder of the GGFDEF.

Within the strategic objectives of the program, every teacher in Dallas area religious-schools would complete six hours of training focused on learning differences of all kinds. Advisory board members are committed to increasing awareness of this acute need for children in the Dallas community, and to ensuring that every child gets a quality education.

"We created the Jamie McMurray Foundation almost two years ago for this exact reason - to provide assistance to autism awareness and research," McMurray said. "Autism presents so many challenges, especially to educators and others in the classroom. I'm glad the Jamie McMurray Foundation could be a part of this contribution in improving the education system in place for children with this challenging disorder."

After a busy day on Friday with the check presentation, practice and qualifying the No. 26 Crown Royal Special Reserve Ford Fusion, McMurray will recap the entire day on SPEED Channel's "Trackside Live" show, live from Texas Motor Speedway. The show will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel.

"This is a really big weekend for Crown Royal, the Jamie McMurray Foundation and all of the guys on the No. 26 team. I know myself and all the guys on this team are looking forward to having a good run at Texas. We've had some great cars ever since Richmond, and hopefully, this will be the weekend we can showcase how good this No. 26 Crown Royal team really is," said McMurray.

-credit: rfr

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Series Charity , NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray
Teams Roush Fenway Racing