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.

Meyer Shank Racing wins second consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona to begin GTP era

Rolex 24 Meyer Shank
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Grand Touring Prototype era began just as the previous one ended as Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura captured its second consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona with star Tom Blomqvist emphatically starting and finishing the race.

The No. 60 ARX-06 won the 24-hour endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway by 4.190 seconds over Filipe Albuquerque of Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport, giving Acura a sweep of the top two spots.

The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac V-LMDh cars took the next two spots with Renger van der Zande (the No. 01) and Earl Bamber (No. 02) as four of the nine new GTP cars finished on the lead lap within 12 seconds of each other – quashing the prerace hand-wringing of mass failures for the highly technical cars in the debut of the hybrid prototype premier category.

There were major problems for the manufacturer newcomers Porsche Penske Motorsport and BMW M Team RLL, whose two pairs of cars all finished at least a dozen laps down or more because of major mechanical problems in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.

Just as he capped the 2022 season by winning the Petit Le Mans season finale in the No. 60 Acura to clinch the final championship of the DPi division for MSR, Blomqvist was behind the wheel again for his third overall victory in IMSA.

“That was crazy,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee. “I knew we had a fantastic car. I’ve been working hard. Unbelievable. Massive, well done, everyone being part of this project and worked together on this project. What a car we’ve built.

“I was just a bit nervous. The 10 was definitely second fastest car, but we held them off

It was the second consecutive Rolex 24 victory for MSR’s trio of Blomqvist and IndyCar teammates and Indy 500 winners Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves. They were joined this year by Colin Braun, who won his first Rolex 24 overall.

Castroneves joined select company in winning the Rolex 24 in three consecutive years. His first win was with Wayne Taylor Racing in 2021.

“Can you believe that?” Castroneves told Lee. “Big props to everyone. Everyone did an amazing job. Everybody worked so hard together. We got it! Another one. I can’t believe it. This is absolutely a dream come true.”

The four-time Indy 500 winner led the team in his signature fence-climbing celebration afterward.

“It’s always fun to climb the fence with Helio,” said Pagenaud, who drove the second-to-last stint before Blomqvist closed it out: “The competition as amazing. It was tough out there. So much fun. Hope you had as much fun as we had. I’m going to savor this one.”

Winners in other classes were the No. 55 ORECA 07 of Proton Competition (which triumphed on a last-lap pass by James Allen on Ben Hanley), WeatherTech Racing’s No. 79 Mercedes in GTD Pro, Heart of Racing’s No. 27 Aston Martin in GTD and AWA’s No. 17 in LMP3.