Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jamie McMurray

Autism Light #310 is Jamie McMurray.

Jamie McMurray is a NASCAR Driver and has a niece who has autism. He who won both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in 2010. Jamie McMurray was born on June 3, 1976, in Joplin, Missouri and lives in Mooresville, North Carolina today. For over 5 years Jamie McMurray has been promoting autism awareness through his position in NASCAR. Jamie McMurray is an Autism Light for being an autism uncle and for raising awareness and funds for autism for over a decade as a successful NASCAR driver.

NASCAR Record: Jamie McMurray holds the record for the quickest NASCAR start as he won the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 as a substitute driver in just his 2nd Career NASCAR start. Jamie McMurray won both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in 2010 and was only the 3rd driver in history to win both of these races in the same year. Jamie McMurray presently drives the No. 1 Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series for Earnhardt Ganassing Racing (Read More at Jamie McMurray's Wikipedia Page). The Yahoo Sports Page for Jamie McMurray has the career statistics for Jamie McMurray.

The following is a Public Service Announcement by Autism Speaks and the Ad Council that featured Jamie McMurray.

Jamie McMurray Foundation:  Jamie McMurray is the President of the Jamie McMurray Foundation that helps the autism community. The foundation lists this as their mission:
The Jamie McMurray Foundation (JMF) promotes awareness of, and raises funding for, the research, education, and support of inviduals and families afflicted with autism. JMF is dedicated to bringing the financial backing and support of the NASCAR community, together with the passion and commitment of the autism community, to promote better understanding of this challenging disability (Read More at the Jamie McMurray Foundation's Website).
You may support the Jamie McMurray Foundation by sending a check payable to the Jamie McMurray Foundation to P.O. Box 3460, Mooresville, North Carolina 28117-3460. You can also donate through the Jamie McMurray Foundation Donation Paypal Account. For charity requests or other information email

The following is an interview with Jamie McMurray conducted back in 2008, when he shared about his passion for autism that inspired him to create the Jamie McMurray Foundation.

Autism Speaks Day at the Races: Jamie McMurray was at the "Autism Speaks Day at the Races" in 2013. Jamie McMurray said about the event, "I enjoyed the chance to meet some of the families last year at this event. The whole weekend at Dover is great, with all the attention that it generates for autism awareness (Read More in an Article by Health Day on Jamie McMurray)." There is a YouTube video of Jamie talking to a young fan at the Autism Speaks Day at the Races

Drive for Autism Celebrity AM Golf Tournament: Jamie McMurray participates in the Drive for Autism Celebrity AM Golf Tournament, comprised of NASCAR drivers, some like Jamie who have personal family connections to autism. In 2013, $506,000 was raised for autism at the event. The next Drive for Autism will be on May 29, 2014 (Read More at the Drive for Autism on the Autism Delaware Website).

Social Media: You can follow Jamie McMurray at the following social media areas:
Wikipedia: You can learn more about Jamie McMurray at Jamie McMurray's Wikipedia Page.

Special thanks to Jamie McMurray for being an Autism Light. We wish this Autism Uncle the best in his NASCAR races and for his continued advocacy on behalf of autism.

Note: This article is dedicated to my brother in-law, Eric Hostetler, who is both an autism uncle and NASCAR fan.

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1 comment:

  1. Jaimy, H ello how are you? My husband (Ret. Army) works with a guy (Ret. USAF.), his wife is a teacher and they are friends of ours. hey had a son that had Autism he was 18 passed away in June of 2011. His parents are going to open The School of Hope for autistic children soon in Fayetteville, NC! You will have to come check it out when they get it open. They have been having fundraisers a few times a year with stuff for the kids ..He was on a trip one time and seen you and was going to get you to sign a car to get donations for to raise money for the school (you can not sale stuff for non profit ) but the line was way to long and he did not have time to wait. Hope you can make it to the school...Check out the web site