Kyle Petty Charity Ride 2003 route announced

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America announces 2003 route. 9th annual cross-country trek for charity to kickoff in Southern California on June 22. (May 1, 2003 - Concord, NC) - The next time Winston Cup star Kyle Petty visits Southern ...

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America announces 2003 route.
9th annual cross-country trek for charity to kickoff in Southern California on June 22.

(May 1, 2003 - Concord, NC) - The next time Winston Cup star Kyle Petty visits Southern California, he will be preparing to lead more than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts cross-country to raise money for children's charities. The 2003 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, featuring NASCAR celebrities, sponsors and fans, will kickoff on June 22 in Palm Springs, Calif. This year's ride will take a southern route, making stops in Sedona, Ariz.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Childress, Tex.; Shreveport, La.; Biloxi, Miss. and Tallahassee, Fla. The Charity Ride will conclude in Daytona Beach, Fla., where the group will participate in the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert on June 28 and visit the Boggy Creek Gang Camp on June 29.

"Each year the Charity Ride keeps getting bigger and better, and this year is certainly no exception," said Petty. "We're starting in Southern California, so we can have the opportunity to visit cities like Santa Fe, Shreveport and Daytona. We have some exciting things planned for the 2003 ride and we'll be making more announcements in the coming weeks."

This year's trek once again benefits the Victory Junction Gang Camp for kids. Kyle and Pattie Petty founded the camp in 2000 in memory of their son Adam, who was tragically killed in a racing accident. The camp will serve as a retreat for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses at no charge to the campers or their families. Construction on the facility is underway, with eight buildings currently in the final framing stage. By early summer the remaining 28 buildings will be started, including the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Aquatic Center. To date the Victory Junction Gang Camp has raised $12.5 million of its $24 million goal.

"It's amazing how much the Charity Ride has grown in popularity over the past nine years," said Petty. "When we first started, there were just 20 or so riders. Now more than 200 riders join us each year, and we've raised a little over $3 million to help out various charities, including the Victory Junction Gang Camp."

For more information on the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America and many other programs that it supports, contact Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc. at 125 Floyd Smith Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262, by email at info@kylepettycharityride.org <mailto:info@kylepettycharityride.org> or by phone at 704-714-4545.

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Series Charity , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty