Ray Evernham to present $280,000 to Autism Society of North Carolina

On Thursday, Feb. 7, Ray Evernham and the Evernham Family Racing for a Reason will present $280,000 in proceeds from the recent auction of the 1964 Plymouth Belvedere ForPly at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction to the Autism Society of North Carolina to benefit IGNITE, a new community center in Davidson, N.C., co-founded by Evernham.

The presentation will be made at 11:30 a.m. in Evernham’s automotive museum and restoration facility where the ForPly was built. Ray Evernham, along with Stacy Hultgren and Tracey Sheriff of the Autism Society of North Carolina, will be available after the check presentation to discuss the IGNITE program.

IGNITE, operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina, offers opportunities and a community of support for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome enabling them to enjoy a better quality of life as valued members of the community in which they live and work.

The ForPly, housed in the restored body of a near-half-century-old 1964 Plymouth Belvedere – the year, make and model that won the 1964 Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand National Championship -- features a Kasey Kahne-driven Dodge racing powertrain, plus the driveline of a modern day race car that Evernham’s former team Evernham Motorsports built and raced at the Daytona 500.

The one-of-a-kind ForPly, which was restored and built at the Ray Evernham Enterprises facility in Mooresville, N.C., is the first custom design and build project by Evernham. Hot Rod magazine, which will feature the ForPly in an upcoming issue, recognized it as “One of the Top 10 Trendsetting Cars of SEMA Show 2012.”

To RSVP or for more information, contact Debby Robinson at 312-505-4336 or drobinson@vmg1.com.