Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Danica Patrick and A.J. Allmendinger will make appearances at the Autism Awareness Day at the Race program at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 4.
Patrick and Allmendinger will meet and greet families of children on the autism spectrum before racing in the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Monster Mile.
In its sixth consecutive year, Autism Awareness Day at the Races, provides families with a sensory-friendly environment to enjoy NASCAR. The event is a joint effort between Dover International Speedway and Autism Delaware, supported by AAA Mid-Atlantic and Ollie's Bargain Outlet.
The Autism Awareness Day at the Races ticket package includes seating in the enclosed grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers views of the backstretch as well as the highly-banked concrete turns. In five years, more than 3,000 people have participated in the program.
Patrick, driver of the #10 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, has competed in seven Indianapolis 500s and six Daytona 500s, in addition to racing at Dover International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Chevrolet for JTG Daugherty Racing, has earned wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series and is in his 11th season of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing.
Other Autism Awareness Day at the Races highlights include information booths with items of interest to families affected by autism, a hot lunch buffet, non-alcoholic beverages and much more.
As in years past, a reserved area near the grandstand seats will provide a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allowing attendees to take a break from the race and crowds when necessary. The room includes comfortable seating, games, and video screens to help fans keep up with the race or watch family friendly movies. Autism Delaware's service professionals will also be on hand to assist families as needed.
Autism Awareness Day at the Races tickets cost $95 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under. Call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com to order.
The June 2-4, 2017, NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway also includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 2 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, June 3. The "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" marks the 11th straight year a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover has been tied to autism awareness and the 12th straight year AAA has served as an entitlement partner of a Monster Mile event.
Another NASCAR tripleheader weekend returns to the Monster Mile in the fall, from Sept. 29-Oct. 1, featuring the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Friday, Sept. 29, the "Drive Sober 200" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Sept. 30 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 1, which will serve as the first elimination race in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
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