DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 1, 2003) -- Kyle Petty will return to the Grand American Rolex Sports Cars Series at Watkins Glen International, August 7-8, driving a Porsche in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250. At the same time, the NASCAR Winston Cup ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 1, 2003) -- Kyle Petty will return to the Grand American Rolex Sports Cars Series at Watkins Glen International, August 7-8, driving a Porsche in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250. At the same time, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran will be raising awareness for the eight Hole in the Wall Gang camps for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Petty will join Gunnar Jeannette in the Gunnar Racing #6 Porsche GT1. The car, driven by Petty to a second place finish in the GTS class in the recent Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway, will carry a special paint scheme featuring all eight Hole in the Wall Gang camps for the 250-mile race.
"Kyle joined us at the Paul Revere 250, and he liked racing in our car and asked if he could drive it again," said team owner Kevin Jeannette. "Of course we were thrilled to have him come back and join us. Because of our team's prior affiliation with Paul Newman, who founded the Hole in the Wall Gang camps, and Kyle's Victory Junction Gang Camp, I thought it would be a great idea to help promote awareness of these camps in front of the Winston Cup crowd at The Glen."
Jeannette will donate his winnings from the race to the Hole in the Wall Gang camps, and plans to encourage all of the other Rolex Series teams to do the same at the Bully Hill Vineyards 250.
The car will mark the first time that all eight of the Hole in the Wall Gang camps have been featured together. That number includes the Victory Junction Gang Camp near Greensboro, N.C., founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of Adam Petty, which will open in 2004. The other camps include the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, Boggy Creek Gang Camp in Florida, Double "H" Hole in the Woods Ranch in New York, Barretstown Gang Camp in Ireland, L'Envol in France, Painted Turtle Camp in California and Jordan River Village in Israel.
Petty is no stranger to Gatorade Victory Lane at The Glen. He won the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, and joined John Andretti in the Orbit Porsche to capture GT honors in the 2001 Bully Hill Vineyards 250. He has also competed four times the Rolex 24 At Daytona, scoring two overall finishes in the top seven driving the Orbit Racing Porsche.
"These cars are a thrill to drive," said Petty. "When you get in them, it's like being a kid again. The difference is like driving your family station wagon, and all of sudden your father tosses you the keys to his sports car and says go take it around the block. It's still got four wheels, still got a steering wheel and still got an engine, but it's a totally different feel."
Practice and qualifying for the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 at The Glen will be held on Thursday, August 7. The race will get underway following NASCAR Winston Cup Series qualifying on Friday, August 8. Tickets to the Bully Hill Vineyards 250, as well as the entire NASCAR Winston Cup SIRIUS at The Glen event weekend, are available online at www.theglen.com.