Ty Montgomery to Appear at Celebrity Bowling Charity Event to Kickoff Draft Week in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL (April 12, 2016) – With the sports world focused on Chicago as host of the NFL Draft for the second consecutive year, former Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray is again partnering with NFL player Melvin Gordon to co-host the second annual Stars and Strikes Celebrity Bowling Classic on April 26 at Lucky Strike Chicago to drive awareness and funding for the Jamie McMurray Foundation.

Stars and Strikes, presented by McDonald’s, will once again feature draft prospects, plus former and current NFL players, including Green Bay Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery and Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who were both drafted last year before having impressive games as NFL rookies last fall.

“We had an overwhelming response last year, so we decided to do it again and invite even more of the football community to join our effort to support children and families in need,” said Gordon, the former University of Wisconsin Badger star who was drafted 15th overall last year by the San Diego Chargers.

McMurray, driver of the No. 1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been sponsored by McDonald’s since 2010 when he became one of only three drivers to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same season.

“McDonald’s is a great supporter of racing and football and a number of other sports, so I’m proud to return the support by partnering with my football friends to benefit children and families through the Jamie McMurray Foundation,” said McMurray, who established the Jamie McMurray Foundation in 2006 to support individuals and families afflicted with autism.

McMurray plans to work closely with McDonald’s to deliver 100 percent of the proceeds from the Stars and Strikes event to local charities through his foundation.

In addition to McDonald’s, other Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 car sponsors that are supporting Stars and Strikes include Credit One Bank, Cessna and Florida Hospital. Other major event partners include NIKE, GoBowling.com, Jockey International and Chicagoland Speedway.

The event is being produced by RS Group Sports in partnership with FUEL Sports Management Group and KWL Management.

About Jamie McMurray Foundation

The Jamie McMurray Foundation (JMF), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, promotes awareness of, and raises funding for, the research, education, and support for individuals and families afflicted with autism. JMF is dedicated to bringing the financial backing and support of the NASCAR community, together with the passion and commitment of the autism community, to promote better understanding of this challenging disability.  To donate, visit http://www.jamiemcmurray.com/foundation/.