"I enjoyed the chance to meet some of the families last year at this event," McMurray said. "The whole weekend at Dover is great, with all the attention that it generates for autism awareness."
About 300 children with autism and their family members are expected to attend this year's Day at the Races.
Mark Rossi, vice president of sales and marketing at Dover Motorsports and a member of Autism Delaware, was an early participant in organizing the event.
"If we can provide access to families and at the same time leverage this sport to help create awareness and educate the public about what's going on with people with autism and their families, then I think this event is very, very worthwhile," he said.
Melissa Brooking couldn't agree more.
"Last year's race met my expectations and more," she said. "For me, the biggest thing was that as a family we were able to do something that we never ever thought we'd be able to do. It was amazing. And Brandon is aware and absolutely ecstatic that it's going to happen again. Honestly, if you understand my son and his love of racing, it's like hitting the lottery."
Find out more about the event at Autism Speaks.
SOURCES: Jamie McMurray, NASCAR driver; Melissa Brooking; Artie Kempner, Autism Speaks board member, coordinating director, NASCAR on Fox; Mark Rossi, vice president, sales and marketing, Dover Motorsports, and member, Autism Delaware
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