House Representative

Simmons, Ron

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/06/2015

Representative Ron Simmons Named Honorary Starter for Pirelli World Challenge

AUSTIN – Texas State Representative Ron Simmons will be the Honorary Starter of the Pirelli World Challenge races on Saturday, March 7th, at the Circuit of The America. Jason Cherry, Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car driver, arranged for Representative Simmons to attend the races in support of the Autism Society of America (ASA) group. Cherry will be hosting the ASA’s largest affiliate which is located in Austin, Texas. The group will be celebrating the ASA’s 50th anniversary as well as the affiliate’s 25th anniversary.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become the fastest growing developmental disability in our nation, now affecting 1 in 68 children under age 21. During the 83rd Legislative Session in 2013, Rep. Simmons authored and passed legislation standardizing the treatment and coverage of autism spectrum disorder. House Bill 3276, filed by Simmons, increased the opportunity for early diagnosis and Senate Bill 1484, co-sponsored by Simmons, expanded the age for treatment beyond age 9 as was the previous age limit required in the Texas Insurance Code.

"I am honored to be named the Honorary Starter of the Pirelli World Challenge Race in an effort to help raise Autism awareness and to highlight the services provided by many non-profit organizations such as the Autism Society of America," Rep. Simmons said. "I hope that everyone will come out to COTA in Austin to support Autism awareness through this world-class event."

Jason, who is driving in the number 13 Nissan Altima for CA-Sport this 2015 season, worked with the Pirelli World Challenge Series and Rick Kulach of Nissan Motorsports to confirm Rep. Simmons as the Honorary Starter. Rep. Simmons can be found at the CA-Sport paddock space throughout the races on Saturday, March 7th.


Ben Lancaster
Chief of Staff
Representative Ron Simmons
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