Dover International Speedway is once again hosting a special event for families and children on the autism spectrum.
A previous Autism Awareness Day at the Races program featured a number of games and activities to entertain the children. (Gary Buchanan photo)
On Sunday, May 15, during the track’s “AAA 400 Drive For Autism” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Autism Awareness Day at the Races will provide these families with a sensory-friendly environment to enjoy 400 laps of North America’s top motorsports series.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Autism Awareness Day at the Races ticket package will include seating in the air-conditioned grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers great views of the backstretch as well as the highly-banked turns.
Other highlights include pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and personalities (see schedule below), presentations by educational speakers in the morning, free Build-and-Grow kits from Lowe’s, food (including gluten-free snacks from Nature’s Bakery) beverages and much more.
Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, stopped by to visit with participants during a previous Autism Awareness Day at the Races. (Gary Buchanan photo)
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.
Tickets cost $95 for adults and $25 for children ages 14 and under.
Check back here for more details and additions to the program as they become available.
To purchase tickets, or for more information, click here or call 800-441-RACE.