This year is a big year for former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his charity ride. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the ride, Petty and company are hoping they can bring in a record amount of money to celebrate.
The charity ride is a cross country motorcycle ride that raises money and awareness for Victory Junction. Victory Junction is a is a camp that was established to better the lives of children that have chronic or life threatening illnesses. The ride was created to honor Petty’s late son Adam in 2004.
This year, the ride will begin on May 3 and end on May 10.The ride will consist of approximately 175 bikers and will begin in Carlsbad, CA and will end nearly 2,800 miles away in Daytona, FL. This will be the first year that Petty looks to take the ride coast to coast. When asked about the ride and its history, Petty had the following to say;
What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into what we have today, which is an incredible event that provides thousands of life changing experiences for children,” said Petty. “This is the first year we’ve traveled straight from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m looking forward to experiencing it with friends, while meeting our fans and generous supporters along the way.
This year the ride is going to be highlighted by some very high-profile riders. Some of the people expected to participate in some of if not all of the ride are: NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, driver Matt Kenseth, former driver Geoff Bodine, NASCAR great Donnie Allison, Rutledge Wood and former NFL player Herschel Walker.
The ride has had a tremendously positive impact on sick children. In the last 10 years, nearly 8,000 children have been able to attend Victory Junction free of charge. These children would not have been able to attend the camp under normal circumstances due to financial reasons.
If you’re interested in finding out more information about the ride or the stops they are going to make, you can visit the official website at KylePettyCharityRide.com