NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Races In Martinsville And Texas Raise More Than $12,000 To Date During Autism Awareness Month; Phoenix Races Still To Come
DETROIT – As part of an extensive national partnership between General Motors Corp. (GM) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), Chevy Racing is sponsoring the organization by raising funds and awareness at NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series™ races during April, Autism Awareness Month.
As the official pace vehicle for three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix), two NASCAR Busch Series races (Texas and Phoenix) and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in Martinsville, Chevrolet has put the pedal to the metal for a good cause. Chevy pace vehicles at the races are sporting the Cure Autism Now logo and a $50 donation will be made to Cure Autism Now for every lap each pace vehicle completes under the yellow caution flag.
With event results from Martinsville and Texas on the books, Chevy Racing has raised more than $12,000 to date for Cure Autism Now during the month of April, with yellow caution flag laps totaling at 254.
To generate additional awareness, various activities have been planned with NASCAR drivers, including a signing of a Chevy SSR hood that will be donated to Cure Autism Now after the race in Phoenix for fund-raising purposes. Throughout the month, public address announcements are being made during all the races encouraging NASCAR fans to support Cure Autism Now.
“Chevy Racing is proud to contribute to GM’s partnership with Cure Autism Now by raising awareness about autism among NASCAR fans,” said Terry Dolan, marketing manager of Chevy Racing. “We hope that our activities throughout April will encourage the racing community to support Cure Autism Now and everything they do to improve the lives of those affected by autism.”
“General Motors and Cure Autism Now have partnered on many fronts to address the national epidemic of autism,” said Peter Bell, CEO of Cure Autism Now. “We are grateful for this opportunity to bring our message of finding a cure for autism to one of America’s most passionate communities – NASCAR fans.”
In addition to NASCAR race activities, GM’s partnership with Cure Autism Now was highlighted during the NCAA Men’s Final Four championship when Pontiac presented a donation to Cure Autism Now on behalf of Jason McElwain, the high school basketball phenomenon affected by autism. To conclude Autism Awareness Month, Chevrolet will also kick off its national sponsorship of all 17 of Cure Autism Now’s WALK NOW events throughout the country at the fourth annual WALK NOW Los Angeles on April 22.
About Cure Autism Now
Cure Autism Now is an organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists accelerating research to prevent, treat and cure autism. Cure Autism Now is a leading private funder of biomedical research in autism, providing more than $31 million for research grants, education, outreach and scientific resources, including the establishment and ongoing support of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE). Cure Autism Now has chapters across the country with national headquarters in Los Angeles. WALK NOW events will be held in 17 cities around the U.S. this year. More information about Cure Autism Now and WALK NOW can be found at www.cureautismnow.org.
About General Motors
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 75 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 327,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2005, 9.17 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.
Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that now affects as many as one in every 166 children in the United States. Autism is commonly diagnosed by the age three, and in some cases, as early as one year. Characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, children with autism can exhibit symptoms that run from mild to severe with widely differing symptom profiles.