Event to be held during “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race
Dover International Speedway is once again hosting a special event for families of children on the autism spectrum.
Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, visits with children during a previous Autism Awareness Day at the Races event. GARY BUCHANAN PHOTO
On Sunday, June 4, during the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, Autism Awareness Day at the Races will provide families with a sensory-friendly environment to enjoy 400 laps of North America’s top motorsports series.
Autism Awareness Day at the Races tickets cost $95 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under. Call 800-441-RACE or click here to order. On event day, the gate opens promptly at 9 a.m.
The event, in its sixth consecutive year, is a joint effort between Dover International Speedway and Autism Delaware, supported by AAA and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. A portion of the proceeds supports Autism Delaware. Click here for more information on Autism Delaware and its programs.
Children play with games during a previous Autism Awareness Day at the Races event at Dover International Speedway. GARY BUCHANAN PHOTO
The Autism Awareness Day at the Races ticket package will include 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.
Other highlights include pre-race appearances by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and personalities, information booths with items of interest to families affected by autism, a hot lunch buffet, non-alcoholic beverages and much more. Drivers will be announced closer to event day.
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.
FOR TICKET HOLDERS
9 a.m. GATES OPEN PROMPTLY AT 9 A.M. Enter via Gate 11, near the main Dover International Speedway ticket office. Parking available in ADA lot in front of Gate 11. See map below for details.
1 p.m. “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race begins.
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.