Autism Speaks and FedEx Corp. are once again teaming with Dover International Speedway in support of individuals and families affected by autism. With FedEx staking claim as the title sponsor of the race and Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the import/export company is adding a little incentive to fans ahead of the June event.
For a minimum donation of $11 to Autism Speaks, fans' first names and last initials can be inscribed on a puzzle piece design featured on the No. 11 car Hamlin will drive at the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.
The FedEx paint scheme puzzle piece campaign is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for NASCAR fans to raise funds for the autism community while taking part in the racing action at Dover.
"It's a great opportunity for the fans and is for a great cause," Hamlin said in a release. "Autism affects so many people, and these donations will help with research and other important things that the Autism Speaks organization does."
Fans can visit fedexracing.com/fedex400 through May 4 for further information and to make a donation. Space is limited. Shortly after May 4, FedEx will unveil the Autism Speaks paint scheme to participants via an email containing a link to a special campaign website.
The paint scheme puzzle piece campaign is coupled with the news that for the third straight year, the Autism Speaks Day at the Races event will be part of the June 1 race at Dover. This event provides those on the autism spectrum and their families the opportunity to attend a NASCAR race in a comfortable environment. The special ticket package provides seating in a sensory friendly area within the air-conditioned grandstands at the "Monster Mile," which offers great views of the race along the backstretch of the track; pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities; brief presentations by educational speakers in the morning; food and drink; and more.
This marks the eighth straight year the Monster Mile is partnering with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to help raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout the weekend.