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. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Danica Patrick and A.J. Allmendinger are scheduled to make appearances at the event.
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 climate-controlled 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 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.
Patrick, driver of the No. 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 No. 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.
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. 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 “Bar Harbor 200” presented by Sea Watch International 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.