Widely considered one of the most successful and popular charity events in the country, the annual motorcycle trek engages celebrities, Ride sponsors, motorcycle enthusiasts, fans and local communities to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction.
Kyle Petty is an auto racing icon, a champion of philanthropy and one of the most popular personalities in NASCAR. The son of NASCAR champion Richard Petty and grandson of NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty, Kyle followed in their footsteps, starting his 30-year NASCAR career as a Sprint Cup driver in 1979 at age 19, before also becoming an owner and media commentator.
Additionally, Kyle is an analyst on NBCSN’s daily show, NASCAR America, and serves as an analyst on pre- and post-race shows surrounding NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series coverage.
The ride itself has laid many memorable miles. Since 1995, more than 7,750 riders have logged 11.4 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised $16.5 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.
The inspiration for the Ride came in 1994, when Petty and three friends rode their motorcycles from North Carolina to a NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Friends joined the ride along the way, and by the time the group reached Phoenix, it had grown to 30 riders. The turnout inspired Petty, and he decided to nurture the event into something bigger; The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America was born.
Since its inception by Kyle in 2004 in honor of his late son Adam, Victory Junction has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary. Adam Petty was more than a fourth generation NASCAR driver, he was a dreamer with a passion for helping others. He died tragically on the racetrack in 2000.
Today, Adam’s dream lives on, as Victory Junction has touched the lives of more than 23,300 campers and their families. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, North Carolina, Victory Junction is a year-round camp that exists to enrich the lives of children, ages six to 16, with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The activities and environment provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering.
Children served at Victory Junction are not able to attend normal summer camps due to their unique medical needs, such as cancer, hemophilia, spina bifida and epilepsy. And even though it costs more than $2,500 for one child to attend Victory Junction for a week, no child or family incurs this cost, thanks to the generosity of corporations, organizations and individuals.
Source - Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America
As a result of the Ride, more than 7,880 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families.
Other notable achievements from the ‘Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Ride’;
- Over the years, the Ride has visited 48 of the 50 states.
- 10 riders have participated in all 21 Rides.
- 24 states were represented by participants on the 2015 Kyle Petty Charity Ride.
This year, riders will travel more than 2,150 miles from Palm Spring, California to Biloxi, Mississippi in seven days. Starting on April 30 the ride will end in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 6. More than 200 riders will join Kyle Petty on his cross-country trek and fun fact, they will make approximately four “pit stops” per day.
Fans and spectators along the Charity Ride route may contribute to the Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program, which accepts donations at local stops.