RIDE TO VICTORY III SET FOR OCTOBER 16 Join NASCAR Celebrities for Charity Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2005) -- Ride to Victory III, a charity motorcycle ride featuring NASCAR celebrities to...
RIDE TO VICTORY III SET FOR OCTOBER 16
Join NASCAR Celebrities for Charity Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2005) -- Ride to Victory III, a charity motorcycle ride featuring NASCAR celebrities to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp, is set for Sunday, Oct. 16 in Charlotte. Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, will serve as honorary grand marshal and ride in the event.
Ride to Victory III, which will take place the day following the UAW/GM Quality 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, will originate at the Carolina and Tilley Harley Davidson Shops, continuing on to the Childress Vineyards for a tour of the winery, and then on to the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., where the afternoon will conclude with a fish fry and tour of the facility. The ride is approximately 129 miles and the cost is $75 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Registration for the ride can be done online at www.kylepettycharityride.com or by calling 704-714-4545.
"The Ride to Victory has been a great fundraiser for us," said Kyle Petty, who founded the camp along with his wife, Pattie. "This is going to be our third ride and it has grown so much in a short period of time. I think the fans and a lot of the drivers and crew members in the Charlotte area have really found this to be an event they can participate in. It's been a huge success for us and we're hoping for another great ride this time, too."
"The Ride to Victory III caps off a terrific racing weekend in North Carolina," said Mark Dyer, NASCAR vice president of licensing. "With the NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night followed by the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Saturday night, both at Lowe's Motor Speedway, there will be a tremendous gathering of the NASCAR faithful in this region. We invite NASCAR fans who are coming in for the weekend to bring their bikes and join us in supporting an outstanding cause by participating in the ride on Sunday."
Jimmie Johnson said he was looking forward to participating in the ride.
"I'm pretty excited about being involved in this event," said Johnson. "I grew up around motorcycles so I'm really looking forward to getting out and riding. I'm not sure about the grand marshal part. I've never done that before, but if Kyle and Pattie are okay with it, so am I. I'm just happy to help out the kids at the Victory Junction Gang Camp. It's an incredible place."
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About Victory Junction Gang Camp
Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, in honor of their late son, Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The children, primarily from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, are between the ages of 7 and 15. The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a 72-acre site that has 32 buildings, including a dining hall, water park, Adam's Race Shop, theater, equestrian center, medical center and 16 camper cabins. During week-long summer sessions, children suffering from similar medical conditions gather to kick back, relax and have some fun. Campers may also participate in family weekends during the spring and fall. Personal stories of struggle and triumph are shared by campers in an atmosphere where they are safe, respected and loved. The Victory Junction Gang Camp is a Proud Charity of NASCAR and member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. Victory Junction opened its doors to campers on June 20, 2004 and is free to children and their families. The camp operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundations. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.