CONCORD, NC (October 3)- Adam Petty will be remembered by fellow NASCAR drivers Lyndon Amick and Ken Schrader at Wednesday's ARCA / Bondo Mar-Hyde EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The No. 99 ARCA (Automobile...
CONCORD, NC (October 3)- Adam Petty will be remembered by fellow NASCAR drivers Lyndon Amick and Ken Schrader at Wednesday's ARCA / Bondo Mar-Hyde EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The No. 99 ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) entry, owned by Schrader and driven by Amick, will carry special decals in memory of Petty, the 19 year-old driver who lost his life in a racing accident earlier this year.
Amick says the tribute is meant to not only honor Petty's memory, but also to commemorate Petty winning in his very first ARCA start, which came at Lowe's Motor Speedway just over two years ago. By winning that race at the age of 18 years and three months, Petty became the youngest driver to ever claim a victory in an ARCA event.
"Ken (Schrader) and I want this to be a celebration of Adam and his accomplishments," said Amick. "We want people to think of Adam standing in Victory Lane two years ago with his family, grinning from ear to ear after winning his first ARCA race. We believe that's the way he'd want to be remembered."
Adorning the hood of the No. 99 is a logo featuring the initials "AP" inside a blue and red oval. Adam's father, Kyle Petty, created this design several years ago as the official icon and symbol of his son. The elder Petty now wears the logo on his race uniforms, and displays it above the driver's side door of his racecars.
In addition to celebrating Petty and his first ARCA win, the tribute will also raise funds for those in need. In association with the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary (WCRWA), a special toll-free number (1-888-45-PETTY) will be displayed on the quarter panels and the rear of the car. Fans and friends who wish to make charitable donations to the Adam Petty Memorial Fund may do so by calling this number.
The car will also carry the logo of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, the annual cross-country motorcycle trek founded by Adam's father, as well as the logo of the WCRWA, which serves as the headquarters for the Charity Ride. The younger Petty was an avid supporter of his father's charity, participating in several of the yearly events.
"I saw how much Adam enjoyed helping people when I was on the Charity Ride with him a few years back," said Amick. "He loved visiting the kids in the hospitals we stopped at along the way, and he always brought a smile to their faces. Adam touched a lot of lives, and I think he'd be proud that we're honoring his memory by helping people."
Wednesday's ARCA event marks the second time this year that Schrader and Amick have teamed up to remember their fallen friend. Carrying decals in memory of Petty on his Schrader-owned entry, Amick drove the No. 99 to a victory in the May 19 ARCA race in Charlotte.
"I felt that Adam was with me during that race, and he's the reason we won, " Amick remembers. "That was definitely the most emotional win of my career, because I felt like anything less than a win wouldn't have been good enough. I'm hoping that I can take Adam to Victory Lane again in Charlotte, two years after he won his first ARCA race here. I can't tell you how much that would mean to Ken (Schrader) and myself."
Donations to honor the memory of Adam Petty may also be mailed to:
Kyle Petty Charity Ride / WCRWA
In Memory of Adam Petty
5700 Concord Pkwy. S.
Checks should be made payable to: "Charity Ride Across America/WCRWA in memory of Adam Petty."
The design and production costs of the decals are being donated by Motorsports Designs, a North Carolina-based Racing Graphics company.
The ARCA Bondo Mar-Hyde EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 100 race will air on FOX Sports Net, Thursday, October 5, at 12 p.m. ET.