Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America turning 20, reveals 2014 route

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This year marks the 20th anniversary for one of NASCAR’s bigger charity events – the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. Yesterday, the Ride revealed the 2014 route for the cross-country motorcycle run.

On Sat., May 3, a group of more than 175 riders will begin their 2,800-mile trek from Carlsbad, California. One week later on Sat., May 10, they’ll arrive in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Ride will raise money and awareness for the Petty family’s Victory Junction Camp, which gives children stricken with chronic and life-threatening illnesses the chance to have fun and enjoy being kids.

Over the last decade, the Camp – which was created in 2004 in honor of Kyle’s late son, Adam – has hosted more than 7,730 children at no cost to their families thanks to the Ride.

“What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into what we have today, which is an incredible event that provides thousands of life changing experiences for children,” Kyle said in a press release.

“This is the first year we’ve traveled straight from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m looking forward to experiencing it with friends, while meeting our fans and generous supporters along the way.”

Among the luminaries set to take part in all or part of this year’s 20th Anniversary Ride are:

  • Kyle’s father, seven-time Sprint Cup champion Richard Petty
  • 2003 Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth
  • Former NASCAR driver and Bo-Dyn Olympic bobsled founder Geoff Bodine
  • NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison
  • Former NFL great Herschel Walker
  • Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Col. Allen West
  • Co-host of History Channel’s Top Gear America and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood

Here’s the day-by-day route. Fans can follow the riders daily through the Ride’s Facebook page and on Twitter and Instagram at both @KylePetty and @KPCharityRide.

  • Day 1 Saturday, May 3 – Carlsbad, Calif. to Tucson, Ariz.
  • Day 2 Sunday, May 4 – Tucson, Ariz. to Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Day 3 Monday, May 5 – Las Cruces, N.M. to Midland, Texas
  • Day 4 Tuesday, May 6 – Midland, Texas to Austin, Texas
  • Day 5 Wednesday, May 7 – Austin, Texas to Beaumont, Texas
  • Day 6 Thursday, May 8 – Beaumont, Texas to New Orleans
  • Day 7 Friday, May 9 – New Orleans to Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Day 8 Saturday, May 10 – Tallahassee, Fla. to Daytona Beach, Fla.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”