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Apr 5, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) looks on during practice for the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Fans can get their names on Denny Hamlin's car

Fans have an opportunity to get their names on the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car for the June 1 race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, and it’s all a part of a fundraising effort for Autism Speaks.

If fans donate $11 here by May 4, they have an opportunity to have their name on Hamlin’s car for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover. Space on the car is limited. Names will be located on puzzle pieces that will be a part of the car’s Dover paint scheme. The final paint scheme, including names, is expected to be unveiled on May 27.

“It’s a great opportunity for the fans and is for a great cause,” Hamlin said. “Autism affects so many people, and these donations will help with research and other important things that the Autism Speaks organization does.”

Also, race vehicles in all three of NASCAR’s touring series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck) will carry Autism Speaks decals during their respective races over the June 1 weekend.

FYI (from AutismSpeaks.org): Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness.

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See video of Hamlin talking about the fundraising effort.

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