Patrick Barrett To Campaign Two MX-5 Cup Events with Team MER
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Formula Car Driver, Patrick Barrett, To Campaign Two Events With Team MER
Barrett to fill in for Brett Smrz in the #29 Team MER ride for next two MX-5
Cup Championship events
SALINAS, CA (May 18, 2007) --- Patrick Barrett, of Los Osos, Calif., will
replace Brett Smrz as the driver of the #29 Team MER/AustismSpeaks car for
the next two rounds of the SIRIUS Satellite Radio MX-5 Cup championship.
Smrz, who sustained a severe leg injury following Road Atlanta, is
undergoing physical therapy to return to the team later this season.
Barrett currently leads the Pacific Formula 2000 Championship with four wins
and two runner-up finishes in six events so far. The 17-year-old jumped at
the opportunity to compete in his first sports car event and will drive the
car in the next two rounds of the MX-5 Cup championship.

"I've always had an interest in sports car racing and this opportunity was
something that I had to take advantage of," said Barrett. "I feel very
confident about my chances for a good result this weekend and look forward
to working with Team MER."

Barrett will carry one of his personal sponsors, Alpinestars on the #29 car
as a primary sponsor.

"I am looking forward to working with Patrick," said Marc Miller, car owner
of the #29 AutismSpeaks/Team MER MX-5. "He has already proven he is a
capable driver and we have many mutual friends that have great things to
say. We should have a very strong debut for him."
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Team MER team boasts an experienced staff, public relations & marketing
services, design department, driver coaching and testing facility. For more
information regarding testing programs and race seats for the 2007 season,
contact Jason Saini or Marc Miller at Motorsport Enterprises Racing at
817.396.4831 or email at or visit their websiteat
TX, MER is uniquely positioned to build, maintain, develop and store
racecars for individuals looking for the utmost performance on a year-round
basis. Armed with an in-house chassis-dyno and a test track on premises,
they are prepared to develop the fastest cars for any series their customers
choose to compete in. In addition, MER owns and operates a fleet of Mazda6
School cars for instruction and corporate outings.

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to
communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by
extreme behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in
one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys
as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national
public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum
disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and
cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It
was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of
a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and
served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism
Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading
autism advocacy organizations.