Victory Motorcycles Challenge

Sean Alexander
by Sean Alexander
2005 Victory Challenge helps riders raise money for chronically ill children

MINNEAPOLIS, June 29, 2005 ~ This summer, motorcycle enthusiasts across the country can take advantage of a fun and exciting opportunity to help raise funds for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, founded by NASCAR racing star Kyle Petty to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. For every person who visits a Victory Motorcycle dealership before July 31 and participates in the Victory Challenge by test riding a 2005 Victory Vegas, Kingpin, Hammer or other model, Victory will automatically donate one dollar to the camp. Test riders also will receive a free commemorative Victory Challenge T-shirt for testing a bike. Through the Victory Challenge and other corporate support, Victory Motorcycles has raised more than a half-million dollars for the Camp, and this year the Minnesota-based motorcycle manufacturer expects to donate an additional $20,000 to give chronically ill children a much needed distraction from their everyday health concerns.

Victory also is entering its seventh year as a sponsor of the Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride. Since 1999, Kyle and Richard Petty have been riding a variety of Victory motorcycles on the annual cross-country trek. This year the ride will include a stop at Victory's manufacturing plant in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

“I love getting on my Victory motorcycle and doing the Charity Ride. It's a total blast," said Petty. "This year's trip will start in Portland, Ore., and since it's a more northern route than in past years, we're expecting to take in a lot of new scenery. The only thing that's better than the ride itself is the support we get from Victory and our other partners. They have played a big part in making this ride so successful, and hundreds of kids get to experience fun camp activities while making memories that will sustain and inspire them."

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is an annual motorcycle ride that raises money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp - a summer camp for children battling chronic and life-threatening illnesses that Petty and his wife, Pattie, created in memory of their son Adam. Each year, more than 200 motorcyclists from around the U.S. join Petty on the cross-country trip and have raised more then $6 million to date. This year, the ride will take place from July 23 through July 31. Along the way, Petty and the bikers will stop to visit with motorcycle and NASCAR fans across the U.S. and spread the word about the ride and the mission to raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
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