NASCAR driver Kyle Petty is to lead the 15th annual Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America in May.

Funds raised will support the Victory Junction Gang, a year-round camp for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses, and other children’s charities.

The Ride will depart Stevenson, Wash., on May 8, and travel east, making overnight stops in Richland, Wash.; Sun Valley, Idaho; Park City, Utah; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Hays, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Batesville, Ark.; and Nashville, Tenn., before reaching Greensboro, N.C., on May 16.

Prior to the Ride’s arrival in these cities, community members are invited to form “Dream Teams” to raise funds for and awareness of the Ride and its beneficiaries. Dream Teams will be invited to present donations to Kyle Petty and Ride participants at special events along the Ride route.

“We want the communities the Ride visits to spread the word about our arrival and get excited about helping kids,” said Petty. “The Ride supports Victory Junction in North Carolina, and we’re building a second Victory Junction in Kansas City, Kan., so we need the support of communities across the country now more than ever. Every little bit helps. It’s all about making a difference in kids’ lives. The inaugural Challenge was a huge success, and we look forward to meeting new Dream Teams this year.”

In 2008, donations from The Dream Team Challenge totaled more than $40,000.

Teams of all ages and sizes are welcome to participate in the Charity Ride Dream Team Challenge and may register at www.kylepettycharityride.com. Registration is free. Registered teams will receive “Dream Team Packs” containing background information on the Charity Ride and Victory Junction, as well as ongoing updates, fundraising tips and inspirational Victory Junction camper stories..

Since 1995, 5,700 participants have logged more than 7.2 million cumulative motorcycle miles and donated more than $10.5 million to Victory Junction Gang Camp and other charities that support chronically ill children. Petty and his wife, Pattie, founded the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a year-round camp that serves children with a variety of health issues that would typically prevent them from attending camp, in North Carolina in 2004.

More information can be found here.

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