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Charlotte Motor Speedway will honor Autism Awareness Month by contributing $10 from every ticket sold to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 from April 3 - April 11, to Autism Speaks. 

"Autism affects millions of families around the world, including many of our great fans," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "We've worked with local non-profit groups that help children with autism and their families through Speedway Children's Charities. Now we've decided to significantly expand those efforts to help Autism Speaks increase awareness of the disorder and raise funds to help find a cure.

"FOX and SPEED are working with us this weekend to help get the word out to race fans so we can try to raise as much as possible for this great cause."

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. Early detection is critical to gain maximum benefits.

Charlotte Motor Speedway's contribution will help fund autism research, awareness, advocacy and family services. For more information about Autism Speaks, please visit

Fans interested in helping a great cause and attending two of the best events on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule can call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS and tell their ticket services representative that they want to help find a cure for Autism. Fans can also log onto and click on the Autism Speaks logo.

With 100 laps of action-packed racing, the 25th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 16 is the perfect event for first-time fans and tickets start at just $25. The Coca-Cola 600 is a memory-making experience each year, and the 50th running of the 600-mile race on May 24 promises to be a memorable event for all in attendance. Tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 are available for as low as $49. Convenient payment plan options and multi-day ticket packages are also available.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks funds more than $30 million each year in new autism research, in addition to supporting the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, Autism Clinical Trials Network, Autism Tissue Program and a range of other scientific and medical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning, multi-year national public service advertising campaign with the Ad Council. Autism Speaks' family services efforts include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and the distribution of community grants to local service providers. Its government relations division has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the federal government's response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to require insurers to cover medically-necessary autism therapies. Each year, Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism fundraising events are held in more than 70 cities across the country, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom.