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Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline-Autism Society of America Dodge Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: * Racing for a Cause: Jamie McMurray will pilot the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline-Autism Society of America Dodge this weekend with a special...

Jamie McMurray, No. 42 Texaco/Havoline-Autism Society of America Dodge

Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:

* Racing for a Cause: Jamie McMurray will pilot the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline-Autism Society of America Dodge this weekend with a special paint scheme dedicated to a cause near and dear to his heart - autism. The multi-colored puzzle-pieces framing the No. 42 aptly represent the diversity and differences of those affected by autism. McMurray, along with ChevronTexaco, Home123 and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will raise funds for autism education and advocacy in part through matching donations of $42 from each of the four campaign partners for every lap that he leads during the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. And to launch Autism Awareness Month, beginning Friday, April 1, race fans have the opportunity to join McMurray in donating to the Autism Society of America by visiting his website at www.jamiemcmurray.com. Although this is the only race that the No. 42 will carry the special paint scheme, the "Driving Autism Awareness" logo will be visible on the C-post of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge during every race this year. Last season, McMurray, ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates raised more than $28,000 to benefit the Autism Society of America. Autism is a brain condition that affects a person's ability to communicate, to reason and to interact with others. More than 1.5 million individuals are living with autism today. For more helpful information about autism, please visit www.autism-society.org.

* In the Top-10: McMurray broke into the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings for the first time this season following the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. McMurray battled back from a lap down to secure an 11th-place finish, his third top-15 finish four races into the 2005 season.

* Movie star McMurray: McMurray will take viewers on a tour of his Statesville, North Carolina, "crib" tonight on the season premier of MTV Cribs at 10:30 p.m. EST.

* Chassis: The Texaco/Havoline team will be running chassis #406 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chassis #406 holds three top-10's and was last on track at Richmond on Sept. 11, a pivotal race for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver. Chassis #406 also raced at Richmond in May, gave McMurray an eighth-place finish at Bristol and a seventh-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in the spring of 2004 and was tested at Richmond, Martinsville and Lakeland last year.

* Bullpen Facts: McMurray's record at Bristol speaks for itself. In four Cup starts at the bullpen, he's captured one top-five and three top-10's and has finished outside the top-10 only once. In his first start at the legendary track on March 23, 2003, McMurray muscled his way to an 11th-place finish.

* The Joplin, Mo. native finished 11th in points in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series chase. He posted nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes, including 12 top-10 finishes in the last 14 events of the 2004 season.

One of the great things about being famous and successful is that it gives you a platform to support causes. Yours is autism. Talk about how you got involved: "I'm so excited about this weekend and running the special puzzle-piece paint scheme for our Drive for Autism Awareness campaign. I have a seven-year-old niece that's autistic, and it's something that really hits home. When it came time for me to choose a charity to be involved with, I wanted something that affected me personally and that I believed in. A lot of times, people are involved in charities, and they raise money, but it doesn't really mean a lot to them. This is something that really hits me. Texaco/Havoline has been really good with coming up with ideas to raise money and awareness for autism. We did the same thing last year - donating $42 for every lap that I led - and this season, I've been very fortunate that ChevronTexaco, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Home123 are supporting the program and something that I believe in again, so that'll end up being $168 for every lap that I lead this season. I'm very excited to be a part of helping out the Autism Society of America and such a worthy cause. We're just trying to do what we can to raise awareness for families with autistic children."

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