IRL: Kelley Racing announces Cure Autism as sponsor

Cure Autism Now has signed a multi-year contract with Kelley Racing to be an associate sponsor for the No. 7 Corteco/Bryant entry driven by Al Unser Jr. The announcement was made today at California Speedway by team owner Tom Kelley and Anthony...

Cure Autism Now has signed a multi-year contract with Kelley Racing to be an associate sponsor for the No. 7 Corteco/Bryant entry driven by Al Unser Jr. The announcement was made today at California Speedway by team owner Tom Kelley and Anthony Edwards, star of the hit TV drama ER and the driving force behind Team CAN.

"We are really excited about our partnership with Kelley Racing," said Edwards. "They are a top tier team with tremendous talent and heart. They fit perfectly with what Cure Autism Now is all about, which is approaching every day with optimism and the desire to win."

Cure Autism Now (CAN) is a charitable non-profit Hollywood-based foundation dedicated solely to finding an effective biological treatment, prevention and cure for autism and related disorders.

Autism is a neurological disease and is not rare. It is the third most common developmental disability following mental retardation and cerebral palsy and affects one in every 250 to 500 births. It is even more common than multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis or childhood cancer.

"It is our dream to cure this disease, but it's a very long road and the racing program is a wonderful opportunity to take our message to the world," said John Shestack, founder of Cure Autism Now. "It's also a great opportunity for all those families affected by autism to know that they are not alone and we are out there fighting for them."

Kelley Racing has accumulated six wins and eight poles in Indy Racing League competition. Formed in 1997, the team is in their sixth season of Indy Racing competition and is looking forward to their new relationship with CAN.

"We are excited to be associated with such a good cause," said Tom Kelley. "Through the next few years, we hope that we can play a major role in spreading awareness of autism and encourage our supporters and fans to contribute in their own way to making life better for those affected by the disease."

CAN's presence in racing is made possible by the support of their sponsors, including Simple Green, Motor Trend Magazine, GlaxoSmith-Klien, White Castle Hamburgers, and Firestone.

"We're happy to be involved with CAN and its desire to help others," said Jim Freudenberg, general manager for Kelley Racing. "Their organization operates much like Kelley Racing by using business-to-business relationships that are beneficial to all those involved."

For more information regarding CAN, please log on to www.cureautismnow.org.

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