April is Autism Awareness Month and this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway kicks off some fundraising activities involving NASCAR.

Jamie McMurrayJamie McMurray’s No. 26 Crown Royal car will have a special paint scheme this weekend and his foundation (The Jamie McMurray Foundation) is launching a month-long auction with all of the proceeds going to autism research and support. You can bid on memorabilia by going to the NASCAR Foundation site.

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 fire suits 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.”

Chevrolet is also working to help spread awareness about autism by working with the non-profit organization Austim Speaks:

During April people who go to the Autism Speaks website (www.autismspeaks.org), can click on the “Help Chevy Help Autism” icon and take a free virtual test drive of the 2008 North American Car of the Year — the all-new Chevy Malibu. Chevrolet has committed to a minimum contribution of $500,000, but every virtual test drive taken gets Chevrolet closer to its goal of donating up to $1 million to Autism Speaks to support its mission of increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research. Those who participate in the virtual test drive will be offered a free 30-day online trial of XM Satellite Radio.