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March 13, 2008 12:42 PM

McMurray Launches Auction for VIP Weekend Experience for Two Fans in Texas

CONCORD, N.C. (MARCH 13, 2008) – This afternoon, Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray will launch an online auction allowing fans to bid on a VIP weekend at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4th – 6th.  The weekend will include two NASCAR garage passes, two VIP suite passes to the Victory Lane Suites at Texas Motor Speedway, and an autographed replica helmet painted by Nick Pastura. 

“It’s exciting to be launching the auction this afternoon,” said McMurray.  “With April being ‘National Autism Awareness’ month, it seems like the perfect fit.  One fan is going to win a total VIP weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with me and the entire No. 26 Crown Royal team.”

The weekend will be kicked off with a special paint scheme on the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion.  McMurray’s Ford Fusion will sport the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 paint scheme.  Along with the black and gold look, the No. 26 machine will also don the autism awareness puzzle pieces. 

“We did a similar auction in Dover last year,” said McMurray.  “Last year we created a special firesuit and helmet, and auctioned both off following the weekend.  This year, we wanted to make it bigger and better for the fans, and hopefully give them a weekend they won’t soon forget.  Also, this is a great way to raise awareness for autism and the Jamie McMurray Foundation.”

The two winners of the online auction will win two NASCAR garage passes, which allow behind-the-scenes access in the NASCAR garage.  They will receive two Victory Lane Club suite passes where they can relax and enjoy the Samsung 500. The two fans will also receive a replica Crown Royal Cask No. 16 helmet painted by McMurray’s helmet painter, Nick Pastura.

Click here to go to the online auction which will run through March 24th.

“It’s exciting that Crown Royal is giving us space on the car to run the puzzle pieces, and that Texas Motor Speedway donated the suite passes.  It’s great to see everyone pulling together to help support the Jamie McMurray Foundation and autism awareness.”

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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