2002 Kyle Petty Charity Ride route

2002 Sprint/Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America set to take northern route. Sprint returns as presenting partner of this year's event. Overland Park, Kan. - May 1, 2002 - The 2002 Sprint/Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America featuring...

2002 Sprint/Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America set to take northern route.
Sprint returns as presenting partner of this year's event.

Overland Park, Kan. - May 1, 2002 - The 2002 Sprint/Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America featuring NASCAR celebrities, sponsors and fans will kick off on June 23, following the Winston Cup event at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. This year the riders will break with tradition and head northeast making stops in Jackpot, Nev.; Jackson Hole and Cheyenne, Wyo.; Omaha, Neb.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland, Ohio and Hot Springs, Va. The ride will conclude at the Petty Farm in Trinity, North Carolina on June 30.

"I can't believe how much the ride has grown over the past seven years," said Petty. "When we first started this event in 1995, it was just a few of us on our bikes. Last year 250 riders participated and we were able to raise $500,000 for various charities. This year we're planning to take the Sprint/Kyle Petty Charity Ride farther north than we've gone in the past. It will be a great opportunity to reach hospitalized children in cities beginning in California, with visits in Chicago and North Carolina along the way."

Sprint, the primary sponsor of Petty's #45 Dodge in the Winston Cup Series, will return as presenting sponsor of the 2002 event. This marks the second consecutive year Sprint has been the presenting sponsor of the ride and the sixth year the communications company has participated as a partner.

"Sprint shares in Kyle's dedication to making a difference in communities across the country," said Mike Goff, vice president of corporate brand management for Sprint. "We couldn't think of a better way to show our support for Kyle than to help bring the ride to race fans and children's hospitals across the country. Its through partnerships like the Sprint/Kyle Petty Charity Ride that Sprint is able to enrich the communities it serves."

In addition, Coca-Cola, Victory Motorcycles, High Tech Performance Trailers Inc., Daytona Harley-Davidson and others will join this year's ride as corporate partners.

"Its great to have partners like Sprint, Victory, Coca-Cola and Daytona Harley-Davidson," said Petty. "They truly understand the meaning of giving back to the community, and they realize how important it is to put a smile on a child's face. It will be great to have them along for the ride again this year."

The 2002 event marks the eighth year that Petty, father Richard, wife Pattie and other friends in and out of the racing community will take to the open road to visit children's hospitals. Since its formation in 1995, the ride has raised approximately $2.5 million dollars for children's hospitals, the Winston Cup Wives Racing Auxiliary Trust, the STARBRIGHT Foundation and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The national charity of the 2002 Sprint/Kyle Petty Charity Ride is the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Kyle and Pattie Petty founded the camp in 2000 in honor of their son Adam. The racing-themed camp is a planned extension of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp founded by Paul Newman. The camp's purpose is to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are empowering, memorable and fun. Campers will be among peers that face same or similar illnesses, so they can share stories and build friendships while participating in activities such as boating, swimming, horse back riding and more. The camp is scheduled to open in the summer of 2004 on land donated by Richard and Lynda Petty in Level Cross, North Carolina. Last year, the Sprint/Kyle Petty Charity Ride donated $300,000 to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. In just 18 months since announcing its formation, the Victory Junction Gang Camp has raised $6.5 million dollars.

For more information on making contributions to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride and many other programs that it supports, contact Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc. at 5700 Concord Parkway South, Concord, NC, 28027, by email at info@kylepettycharityride.org or by phone 704-455-9299.

About Sprint
Sprint is a global communications company serving more than 26 million business and residential customers in over 70 countries. With approximately 80,000 employees worldwide and more than $26 billion in annual revenues, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state of the art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Sprint's award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone is being extended to key global markets to provide customers with a broad portfolio of scalable IP products. Sprint's high-capacity, high-speed network gives customers fast, dependable, nonstop access to the vast majority of the world's Internet content. Sprint also operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas, including more than 4,000 cities and communities.

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