The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is revving up for its 22nd anniversary motorcycle trek, taking place from April 30 to May 6, 2016. 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.
For more information about the 22nd Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America or to make a donation, visit kylepettycharityride.com.