200 riders hit the road on annual cross-country trek from the Palm Desert to the Gulf Coast to raise funds and send deserving kids to Victory Junction
The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, is revving up for its 22nd anniversary motorcycle trek, taking place from April 30 to May 6. Former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty will lead 200 bikers on a 2,150-mile route, traveling from Palm Springs to Biloxi, to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
“We ride every mile, from the Palm Desert to the Gulf Coast and all the incredible miles in between, first and foremost for the children at Victory Junction,” said Petty. “Each year, the Ride creates lasting memories and gives riders the chance to check items off their travel bucket lists. This year will include the Ride’s first visit to Big Bend National Park.”
Fans are encouraged to come support the cause and greet riders at one of the Ride’s seven overnight stops or daily pit stops. Spectators along the route may also purchase memorabilia or contribute to the Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program, which accepts donations at each stop.
22nd Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Schedule:
(Information about scheduled pit stops can be found on the Ride’s Facebook page.)
- Day 1, Saturday, April 30 – Palm Springs, California to Phoenix, Arizona
- Day 2, Sunday, May 1 – Phoenix, Arizona to El Paso, Texas
- Day 3, Monday, May 2 – El Paso, Texas to Lajitas, Texas
- Day 4, Tuesday, May 3 – Lajitas, Texas to San Antonio, Texas
- Day 5, Wednesday, May 4 – San Antonio, Texas
- Day 6, Thursday, May 5 – San Antonio, Texas to Beaumont, Texas
- Day 7, Friday, May 6 – Beaumont, Texas to Biloxi, Mississippi
As a result of the Ride, more than 7,880 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. The camp has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.
This year’s Ride will feature several celebrity riders, including NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven time champion Richard Petty, 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Hershel McGriff, NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison, former NFL great Herschel Walker, retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, and NBC Sports NASCAR personalities Rick Allen and Rutledge Wood.
“Cruising the open road with friends who become family is incredible, but helping to create life-changing opportunities for children is what makes the Ride truly one of the most popular motorcycle rides in the country,” said Kyle’s father Richard Petty.
The 2016 Ride is made possible by presenting sponsor Manheim, as well as Coca-Cola, FCA Fleet, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Racing Electronics, FLUIDYNE Racing Products, WinCraft Racing, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Petty Family Foundation, Headbands of Hope, Original Bike Spirits, the Beef Jerky Outlet, ArticBlu and Goody’s.
“Manheim is proud to sponsor the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America again this year. We can’t think of a better way to support the meaningful work Victory Junction is doing and the difference it is making in the lives of children with chronic illnesses,” said Janet Barnard, president, Manheim North America. “This year, we are especially excited to host stops at two of our operating locations—Manheim Phoenix and Manheim San Antonio. Our teams look forward to seeing all of the families along the route who come out to support the ride.”
For more information about the 22nd Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America or to make a donation, please go HERE.
To keep up with Petty and the riders live, follow along on social media:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/kpcharityride and www.facebook.com/kylepetty45
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kpcharityride and www.instagram.com/kylepetty
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/kpcharityride and www.twitter.com/kylepetty
Text via Kyle Petty Charity Ride