The Glen Provides Kyle Petty and Geoff Bodine Familiar Stop During Ride Across America

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Takes Lap Around WGI then Heads for Corning, NY

Petty Charity Ride Takes to The Glen

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride made a brief stop at The Glen.

WATKINS GLEN, NY (May 7, 2011) – The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America made a brief pit stop at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon. Over 130 riders joined Petty for one lap around the 3.4- mile Grand Prix course before continuing on to Corning, NY for an overnight stay. Among those taking a trip along the twists and turns of The Glen was Chemung native and Glen champion Geoff Bodine as well as members of the Corning HOG Chapter.

    “We decided to start this trip in Lake Placid since Geoff Bodine is doing the ride and once we picked our final stop in Amelia Island we started connecting the dots for the trip,” said Kyle Petty.  “I knew that we had to go through Watkins Glen, stop at the Corning Museum of Glass, and visit Corning because this area is really a secret from the people in the South, it’s a great area.”

    As for the ride around the The Glen itself, Petty had a plan for that too.  “I brought a sharpie with me to sign all the areas I’ve wrecked and I wrecked a lot here over the years.  It’s still a very fun place for me though.”

    Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver and founder of the Charity Ride, Petty led the field to The Glen from Lake Placid, NY on their way to Amelia Island, Fla. as the group rides to raise awareness and funds for several youth-based causes, including Victory Junction. The camp, for chronically and seriously ill children, was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam in 2004.

    Since the Charity Ride began 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 children. The 2010 Charity Ride raised enough money to send 180 children to Victory Junction for a five-day session free of charge. It costs $2,500 to send a child to camp and provide exceptional health care throughout their stay.

    The riders will be making overnight stops in Farmington, Pa., Irvington, Va., Wilmington, N.C. and Mt. Pleasant, S.C. during the 2,400-mile trip down the East Coast to Amelia Island, Fla. in addition to 28 fuel stops. Along the way, current TNT and SPEED analyst, Petty, will be joined by, for all or part of the trip, ESPN NASCAR analyst Brad Daugherty and former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.

    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.

    Tickets for the 2011 race season at Watkins Glen international are on sale Now! Fans may order their tickets or get more information about the 2011 race season at WGI by calling the ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Gift certificates and track merchandise may be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Sunday 9-5. Keep up with all of the latest happenings at The Glen by going to the official Watkins Glen International Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational and following WGI on Twitter, @WGI.

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