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April 4, 2008 2:34 PM

McMurray Kicks Off "National Autism Awareness Month" at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that currently affects one in every 150 children.  This weekend, at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray will help promote autism awareness through a special paint scheme, as well as the launch of a month-long online auction with all proceeds going towards the research and support of autism and families coping with this neurobiological disorder.     

“Crown Royal has been extremely giving to my foundation by providing space on the car, as well as on my firesuits and helmets,” said McMurray.  “Each season they pick a race where we can run the autism awareness puzzle pieces, and throughout the season, they assist us with promotions, donations and helping promote awareness.”

McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion in this weekend’s Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.  Along with the black and gold paint scheme, the rear quarter panels and the television panel of the No. 26 Ford Fusion will don the autism awareness puzzle pieces.   

“A few weeks ago, we thought of a pretty cool promotion to give two fans a full access weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.  Along with a pair of garage passes, the two fans will also enjoy get to watch the race from one of the luxury suites.  And to top off the weekend, they will leave with a replica helmet.  The two fans went way above our expectations and bid more than $4,200 on the package.  I hope it’s worth every penny to them, because all of the money is going to such a great cause.”

Dawn Litteken and Chris Dake, both from Springfield, Mo., McMurray’s home state, will travel south for this once-in-a-lifetime weekend with the No. 26 Crown Royal team.  

“Both Chris and I are looking forward to a great weekend with Jamie,” said Litteken.  “We realize the challenges that autism presents, and being able to support a great cause was reason enough to donate the money.  Being able to attend the race and spend the weekend with the No. 26 team is extra to us.”

The Jamie McMurray Foundation’s month-long auction also launches this weekend and will run through the end of April. Fans can bid on all kinds of memorabilia with all proceeds benefiting autism research and support.

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“It’s so great to see so many people come together and want to help with everything we are doing this month for autism awareness,” said McMurray.  “Hopefully, we can top this weekend off with a great run for us in our special No. 26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion.  We built some momentum last weekend, and hopefully we can carry it all the way through Texas this weekend.”

About Crown Royal
Crown Royal, the number one selling whisky in the U.S. by value, has a tradition as long and distinctive as its taste.  Specially blended to commemorate a grand tour of Canada made by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 1939, Crown Royal's smooth, elegant style reflects its aristocratic origins and is considered the epitome of Canadian whisky.  For more information on Crown Royal, visit www.crownroyal.com.

About Jamie McMurray Foundation
The Jamie McMurray Foundation (“JMF”), formed in May 2006, will promote awareness of, and raise funding for, research, education, and support for individuals and families afflicted with autism. The JMF is dedicated to bringing the financial backing and support of the NASCAR community, together with the passion and commitment of the autism community, to promote better understanding of this challenging disability.  For more information on the Jamie McMurray Foundation, visit www.jamiemcmurray.com/foundation  

About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

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