Monday, February 29, 2016

Motorsports (like NASCAR) and Autism

There's some connection between motorsports and autism. The June Cup race at Dover has benefitted Autism Speaks, so that race has had an area for young fans that are autistic.

My first post in this blog mentions why the autistic can like car racing, so this is a spinoff of that in a way. That autistic area at Dover is actually in the Dover Downs grandstands. The autistic fans that can't handle the crowd can go to this indoor grandstand. It has  a special area for the kids there to go if they get restless or upset. This area has TV's so the agitated kids can still watch. NASCAR drivers and owners visit the autistic area before the race.

Some of the drivers have a connection to autism. Hermie Sadler was a driver and has an autistic daughter, Hailie. Jaime McMurray's niece, Lauren, who died last fall from meningitis was autistic. Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth have been involved with Autism Speaks.
Come back for my Speedweeks post.

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