NASCAR driver McMurray to aid Autism

Jamie McMurray Announces "Drive for a Cure" Awareness Campaign Ft. Worth, Texas, (April 2, 2004) --- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray hopes to create awareness and raise money for the Autism Society of America during his "Drive for...

Jamie McMurray Announces "Drive for a Cure" Awareness Campaign

Ft. Worth, Texas, (April 2, 2004) --- NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray hopes to create awareness and raise money for the Autism Society of America during his "Drive for a Cure" charity promotion announced today at Texas Motor Speedway.

Throughout the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season, McMurray will donate $42 for every lap he leads to the Autism Society of America. In addition, the Joplin, Mo. native will donate $42 for every pole he wins in 2004.

So far during the 2004 season, McMurray has led a total of 116 laps, equaling $4,872 in money raised for the Autism Society of America.

"I'm really excited about partnering up with the Autism Society of America," McMurray said. "As some people know, my niece is autistic, so this charity hits close to home for me. Hopefully we'll lead a lot of laps this year and win some poles so people become more aware of autism and its effects on the individuals and families affected by it. I feel fortunate that I'm in a position to help out in this way."

ChevronTexaco, who sponsors McMurray's No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, is showing its commitment to this program by announcing today that it will match Jamie's pledges during the 2004 season.

For every lap and pole McMurray leads and wins in 2004, ChevronTexaco will match the $42 pledge.

"In partnering with Jamie McMurray the success of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline car will create greater awareness of autism," said Ann Barker, Director of Motorsports & Licensing for ChevronTexaco. "We offer our donation and encourage participation by the No. 42 fans in purchasing Drive for the Cure merchandise to support Jamie, his family and the so many others living with autism."

"The Autism Society of America is so grateful to Jamie, ChevronTexaco, and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for their thoughtful and generous initiative," said Artie Kempner, Autism Society of America Board Member and Coordinating Director of NASCAR on FOX. "The number of children being diagnosed with autism is growing at an alarming rate, and we need to find the cause and the cure for this disorder. Jamie's efforts will not only raise much needed money for research, but will also generate great public awareness."

Demonstrating its one-team approach philosophy, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates also announced today that it will match McMurray's $42 pledges during the 2004 season.

With the three pledge matches combined, McMurray, ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates have already raised $14,616 for the Autism Society of America.

To help activate the charity promotion, Action Performance has created a special "Drive for the Cure" t-shirt and decal that will be sold trackside and through retail. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will go to the Autism Society of America.

McMurray will join fellow NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers on May 25 for the Elliott Sadler "Race for Hope" Celebrity Race at NASCAR Speedpark in Concord, N.C.

To learn more about autism or to make a donation, call 1-800-3AUTISM or visit www.autism-society.org.

-jw-

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Series Charity , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi , Elliott Sadler , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing