Kyle Petty Charity Ride will Make a Pit Stop at Watkins Glen International during East Coast Tour
17th Anniversary Motorcycle Ride includes Stop in Nearby Corning, NY
By: WGI Staff on 4/1/2011
Kyle Petty will be making a stop at WGI during his Charity Ride before heading to Corning, NY on Saturday, May 7.
Kyle Petty announced during a press conference held at Martinsville Speedway on the afternoon of Friday, April 1, the full route for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America and the first stop will be in the Southern Tier. Petty and his group of charity riders will make a pit stop at legendary Watkins Glen International before making their first overnight stop in nearby Corning, NY on Saturday, May 7. The annual tour will take place May 7-14 and run from Lake Placid, NY to Amelia Island, FL. Details for the visit to WGI are still being finalized and will be announced at a later date.
“I have been friends with Kyle for a number of years and when the opportunity to support this wonderful event with a stop at WGI came up, we jumped at it,” said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. “Kyle has not only been a great supporter of The Glen, International Speedway Corporation, and NASCAR as a whole for many years but his charitable efforts are even more impressive and almost immeasurable. He has set the standard when it comes putting time, effort, and passion behind building a charitable organization such as Victory Junction and we are truly honored to be one of the hosts for the 2011 charity tour.”
What started more than a decade ago as four friends wanting to travel from one race track to another has grown into a highly organized motorcycle ride that raises funds for Victory Junction and other children’s charities. This year Kyle Petty, former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and Charity Ride founder, will lead a field of more than 175 riders from Lake Placid, N.Y., to Amelia Island, Fla., as they raise awareness and funds for several causes, including Victory Junction, a camp for chronically ill children founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam.
“The idea for the Charity Ride started back in 1993 with Robin Pemberton (Vice President of Competition, NASCAR), Eddie Gossage (President and General Manager, Texas Motor Speedway) and Michael Dranes (FOX network cameraman) and me just kind of riding from track to track. We called it the “Hey Buddy Tour,” said Petty who currently serves as a racing analyst for TNT and Speed. “What began as a few friends having a good time riding has turned into what we have today. Once we got started, we decided we needed to give back to the towns we rode through, so we started donating to children’s hospitals along the way. The past few years though, it’s really enabled us to make a difference at Victory Junction. We’ve built a water park and sent hundreds of kids to camp all because a bunch of people like to ride. It’s pretty amazing to me.”
In addition to 28 total fuel stops and the overnight stay in Corning, riders will make overnight Farmington, Pa., Irvington, Va., Wilmington, N.C., and Mt. Pleasant, S.C., during their 2,400-mile trek down the East Coast. Celebrities scheduled to join for all or part of the trip include ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty, former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker and NASCAR driver, Bo-Dyn Olympic bobsled founder, and Southern Tier native Geoff Bodine.
Fans and spectators along the Charity Ride route may contribute through the Charity Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program, which accepts donations at pit stop locations. Fans may also follow Petty and the riders on several social media pages, including facebook.com/kpcharityride, twitter.com/kpcharityride, and twitter.com/kylepetty.
Since the Charity Ride’s inception in 1995, 6,850 participants have logged more than 9.8 million cumulative motorcycle miles and donated more than $14 million to Victory Junction and other charities that support chronically ill children. The 2010 Charity Ride raised enough money to send 180 children to Victory Junction for a five-day session free of charge.
2011 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Schedule
Day 1 Saturday, May 7 Lake Placid, N.Y. to Corning, N.Y.
Day 2 Sunday, May 8 Corning, N.Y. to Farmington, Pa.
Day 3 Monday, May 9 Farmington, Pa. to Irvington, Va.
Day 4 Tuesday, May 10 **Remain in Irvington, Va.**
Day 5 Wednesday, May 11 Irvington, Va. to Wilmington, N.C.
Day 6 Thursday, May 12 Wilmington, N.C. to Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Day 7 Friday, May 13 Mt. Pleasant, S.C. to Amelia Island, Fla.
Day 8 Saturday, May 14 Ride officially ends in Amelia Island
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