2016 One Lap of America Autism Fundraiser Fort Smith AR at J. Pauley Toyota

2016 One Lap of America Autism Fundraiser Fort Smith AR

On April 30th, the J. Pauley Toyota Race Team will embark on an eight-day road rally known as One Lap of America in support of Autism Speaks! Throughout the 2016 One Lap of America Autism Fundraiser in Fort Smith, AR, dealership owner Ron Pawley and Brandon Shown will be driving a custom 2016 Scion FR-S. The One Lap of America race will take the team more than 2,800 miles across the country, through some of America’s most beautiful landscapes.

Held the first week of May each year, the Tire Rack One Lap of America event is an opportunity for drivers, automotive engineers and driving enthusiasts to put their skills, endurance and determination to the ultimate automotive test. Over the course of eight days, race teams will compete in time trials at some of the most challenging, beautiful and exclusive race tracks in the country.

This incredible race event was inspired by Erwin Baker’s transcontinental adventure in 1933 and dictates that competitors must drive their entries between racing venues throughout the week, for stretches that can span 700 miles or more. Competitors must adhere to the event's two ironclad rules along the way, which state...

  • Barring a puncture or failure, you must finish on the same tires with which you started.
  • No chase or support vehicles are allowed.
This is Gabe. Mr. Pawley's Grandson of J. Pauley Toyota

This is Gabe, Mr. Pawley's Grandson, and Gabe has Autism. He is the reason Autism Awareness is so near and dear to Mr. Pawley's Heart. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Gabe's mom wrote this letter to her son. A small window into the heart of a special needs parent:  

J. Pauley Toyota Joins the Fight Against Autism!

In support of the Autism Speaks cause, Mr. Pawley has pledged 50 cents for every mile completed throughout the course of the race. Toyota Corporate will match this donation for a total of $1 per mile driven, meaning a total donation of $2,800. If you would like to join in the fight against Autism and help support Autism Speaks, you can pledge one cent per mile completed to the charity - $28 total. Click the pledge button above to be taken directly to the Autism Speaks website for payment information and 100% of your donation will go to the Autism Speaks charity!

We would like to thank you in advance for your support of the J. Pauley Toyota Race Team and this incredible charity! Simply fill out the form or click the pledge button to support the 2016 One Lap of America Autism Fundraiser in Fort Smith, AR.

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Dear Gabe-

It's been 2,920 days...

2,920 days since your diagnosis, since we began this emotional journey...

I remember finding myself in my closet crying, terrified of the unknown, “what the HELL is Autism??” Can I help him,can I love him through this, because my heart was in pieces... I had already failed my 2 year old, because it felt like it was my fault. Believe me it was the toughest day of my young parenting life...

I would tell myself that day, “listen it's the hardest thing you'll EVER undertake, the hardest thing you'll EVER have to manage within your family. But believe me, your cut out, even though the road looks long and dark, you can. It's not your fault, God has picked you…”

I never really felt a higher power until that day, honestly.

Gabe you have brought me into a world I never imagined, one with a set of eyes that makes you see and feel things that some days are immeasurably rewarding, and utterly frustrating... Gabe you have taught me more, about human connection without words, authentic happiness, and my momma heart is full everyday...

And I'd never change you, your uniqueness, you are my real life hero. A super man who didn't ask for this journey, but hot damn you kick Autism's butt every single day your feet hit the floor. Thank you for letting me be alongside, to see the remarkable progress YOU have achieved. You have your own set of hopes and dreams, and gifts that you share on your terms and your time... And thank god I'm here....

You are my insides, you are my inspiration, you are changing the world one day at a time...

I love you with all my momma heart.

Highlights and FAQs for the J. Pauley Toyota One Lap of America Autism Fundraiser

What Will the J. Pauley Toyota Race Team Be Driving?

Ron Pawley and Brandon Shown will be behind the wheel of a custom 2016 Scion FR-S. Numbered 43 of 1,000, this custom coupe is powered by an explosive horizontally opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will manufacture 200 horsepower. Paired with a manual transmission, the Scion FR-S will sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.

Where Will One Lap of America Stop?

The One Lap of America race will make several stops along the way as it takes competitors on a 2,800-mile journey across the United States. Tracks that drivers will compete at along the way include the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Summit Point Raceway, Road America and the Great Lakes Dragaway.

What is Autism Speaks?

Autism Speaks is a national charity and the world’s leading Autism science and advocacy organization, which raises awareness and funds to support the research and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. More than 1 in 68 American children will be diagnosed with Autism and Autism Speaks can provide incredible support for individuals with autism and their families.

Click the pledge button above to donate to this exceptional charity in support of the J. Pauley Toyota Race Team and Autism Speaks!

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