2012 ASPE CONVENTION AND EXPOSITION
Kyle Petty, Auto-Racing Icon and Philanthropist
Monday, October 29, 2012, 10:15 a.m.
Charlotte Convention Center
Petty is an auto-racing icon, a champion of philanthropy, and one of
popular personalities in all of sports. His name and mega-watt smile
always connect him with NASCAR's most famous family. To the world, his
Richard Petty was, and still is, "the King," the greatest champion in
NASCAR history, and Kyle's grandfather, Lee, was larger-than-life in
days of stock car racing, but to a young boy growing up in Level Cross,
Carolina, and places like Daytona, Charlotte, and Talladega, they were
Dad and Grandpa.
it is Kyle Petty who is larger than life. Inspired by the vision of
son Adam, Kyle and his wife Patty have in turn inspired the compassion
generosity of the NASCAR community and corporate sponsors nationwide to
those in need. Their crowning achievement is the Victory Junction Gang
near Level Cross, where thousands of children with life-threatening or
illnesses find hope, laughter, friendship, and adventure every year.
2000 in partnership with family friend and racing enthusiast Paul
Victory Junction Gang Camp has proven wrong every "expert" who
counseled the Petty’s against the undertaking, citing the immense cost
complexity of building and operating a camp for kids with special
The camp has not only become a shining example of what character and
can achieve—it has been so successful that a second Victory Junction
is planned for the Kansas City area.
avid motorcyclist, Kyle also founded the Kyle Petty Charity
America to benefit children’s causes. Every year hundreds of NASCAR
drivers, and crew members jump on their motorcycles to join Kyle in
local children's hospitals and other charities. To date,
the Kyle Petty
Charity Ride has raised more than $14 million and is the most
philanthropic event staged by any person in the NASCAR family.
has been named or nominated by NASCAR, plus various media outlets and
corporations, as Person of the Year, Father of the Year, Sportsman of
and the USA's Most Caring Athlete. He is an inductee in both the
Hall of Fame and the Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
more than three decades as a driver, owner, and media commentator, Kyle
his heart and soul into doing what a Petty does best: compete with
raise the game of everyone around him.
Please click here to donate to Victory Junction.