HARRISBURG, N.C. (August 30, 2000) - NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, in conjunction with the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary (WCRWA), launched the newly formed Petty Touring Series this past weekend in Bristol, TN. The idea for the Petty Touring Series is originated based on the popularity of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, an annual cross-country motorcycle trek, now entering its seventh year, which raises funds for children's hospitals and charitable organizations. The goal of this new series is to create an avenue for motorcycle touring with Petty and other cycle enthusiasts. "Since we've had so much success with the Charity Ride over the past six years, Diane Hough (director of the WCRWA) and I have been thinking of ways to expand on that success and the Petty Touring Series was a natural transition," said Petty. "One of our biggest hurdles with the Charity Ride is accommodating everyone who wants to take part in it," continues Petty. "The Touring Series is a number of shorter events for those riders who may not be able to participate in the week-long Charity Ride due to their schedules or for those who would like the opportunity to ride for more than just that week." Plans call for the next ride of the series to take place in 2001, eventually expanding to three or four rides a year in different locations throughout the country. The rides will last, on average, anywhere from one to four days. On Sunday August 27, Petty led a group of 125 motorcycling enthusiasts in the First Annual "Bristol BreakAway", the first event of the new Petty Touring Series. Starting their excursion in Bristol, TN, home of the Bristol Motor Speedway, the riders embarked on a scenic182-mile journey that ended at the Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. At the end of the ride, Petty, along with his wife Pattie, son Austin and daughter Montgomery Lee, presented a check to the hospital in the amount of $10,045 on behalf of the "Bristol BreakAway" and a check in the amount of $10,000 on behalf of the General Mills Corporation's Betty Crocker/Hamburger Helper "Helping Hands" program. "It was actually Pattie who thought of riding from Bristol to Brenner Children's Hospital, which turned into the "Bristol BreakAway"," said Petty. "It was a great success for our first ride of the Series and we look forward to doing a lot more of these. We were able to help raise money for children at Brenner's while having a little fun at the same time." "We're very pleased with the first Petty Touring Series event, the Bristol BreakAway," said Diane Hough, WCRWA Director. "We had first-time riders with us as well as those who have participated in prior Charity Rides. Thanks to the support of sponsors such as General Mills, Coca-Cola, WinCraft and many others this first event was a true success." Since its formation in 1995, The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has raised nearly two million dollars for various children's hospitals and the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary (WCRWA). For further information on participating in or making a contribution to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America and many other programs of support, contact the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary at 5700 Concord Parkway South, Harrisburg, NC, 28075, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-888-45PETTY.