SunTrust to sponsor Kyle Petty Charity Ride

SUNTRUST BACK AS THIRD-YEAR SPONSOR OF 2007 KYLE PETTY CHARITY RIDE ATLANTA (July 9, 2007) -- As the 13th annual Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America embarks Saturday (July 14) on a seven-day, 2,800-mile trek down the East...

SUNTRUST BACK AS THIRD-YEAR SPONSOR OF 2007 KYLE PETTY CHARITY RIDE

ATLANTA (July 9, 2007) -- As the 13th annual Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America embarks Saturday (July 14) on a seven-day, 2,800-mile trek down the East Coast, the familiar colors of SunTrust Bank will be riding along for the third consecutive year as proud sponsor of the popular fundraiser benefiting the Victory Junction Gang Camp and other children's charities.

Since its inception, the Charity Ride has raised more than $9 million for countless numbers of causes as more than 5,350 riders, including NASCAR celebrities, ride sponsors and motorcycle enthusiasts, have logged more than 45,000 miles covering various routes all across the U.S.

This year's route begins Saturday in Bar Harbor, Maine, will make overnight stops in Woodstock, Vt., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Gettysburg, Pa., Hot Springs, Va., Augusta, Ga., St. Augustine, Fla., and concludes July 20 in Hollywood, Fla.

SunTrust will officially welcome riders into Augusta on July 18 with a host of activities and promotions through the Augusta- and Thomson-area branches. SunTrust clients will be offered an exclusive opportunity to serve as grand marshal of the ride through Augusta, as well as the chance to meet veteran NASCAR driver and event founder Kyle Petty and other celebrity riders.

"The Kyle Petty Charity Ride has become one of the most exciting and most anticipated charity events on the racing calendar each year," said William Thompson, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Augusta. "We at SunTrust are extremely proud to welcome riders to our city for the first time and enable our customers and the surrounding community to help the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the many charitable causes that benefit from it."

In addition, for the second year, David Pijot, senior vice president with the SunTrust Sports and Entertainment specialty group, will take part in the entire ride and will be filing remote journal entries and photos along the route that can be viewed at www.suntrustracing.com.

The primary beneficiary of the 2007 Charity Ride is the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a year-round retreat in Randleman, N.C., founded by Petty and his wife, Pattie, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically sound environment. Through corporate sponsorship and events like the Charity Ride, the camp provides an environment that children with severe health issues would not normally be able to enjoy because of their medical needs and costs. Proceeds from the 2006 Charity Ride have funded a five-day camp session, free of charge, for 125 children with burn, skin and craniofacial disorders who will be on site when the ride passes through Randleman on July 18.

"Every year, we think the ride just can't get any bigger. But thanks to the unbelievable support of our riders, fans and sponsors like SunTrust, it just keeps growing and growing," said Kyle Petty, who first combined his passion for helping others with his love of motorcycles by creating the Charity Ride in 1995. "We're trying something all new this year with the ride traveling down the entire East Coast, which gives us the opportunity to see new faces for the first time. We're especially looking forward to riding through Augusta for the first time and visiting with our friends and family from SunTrust. Pattie and I deeply appreciate their support in helping us continue to touch the lives of deserving children and their families."

The Victory Junction Gang Camp is also a beneficiary of the annual Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust -- A Music and Motorsports Celebration -- which combines country music stars, NASCAR drivers and personalities, and exciting show cars each January in downtown Nashville.

For information and updates on the 2007 Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, visit www.kylepettycharityride.com.

-credit: -- www.SunTrustRacing.com --

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Series Charity , NASCAR
Drivers Kyle Petty