Popular Event Has Raised Over $500,000 for Paralyzed Veterans of America
The King’s Cup – Karting for a Cause benefitting the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) welcomes back Xtreme Motorsports and D&B Motors as the presenting sponsor to the popular event that has become one of the most-notable, fan-friendly events during the May race weeks in Charlotte. Xtreme Motorsports and D&B Motors, long-time advocates of the Paralyzed Veterans, continue their support of the organization.
As in years past, “The King” Richard Petty will headline this event and has rallied NASCAR drivers to include; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Sam Hornish Jr., Ryan Blaney, Michael Annett, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose and Max Gresham, to help support these fundraising efforts. All in attendance will sign autographs and lend their hand to raising awareness for the Paralyzed Veterans within the NASCAR community.
“This is our fifth year having the karting event,” said Richard Petty. “It’s been cool to see all the fans come out, support the Paralyzed Veterans, and then get to race with their friends and other drivers. It’s just been a pretty special deal over the last five years for the Paralyzed Veterans of America. They have done a good job of letting the veterans know that we appreciate their sacrifice for the country. This event is fun for them, the veterans, the fans and us as drivers. There isn’t another deal like it, and we hope to see another large crowd come out this year.”
Activities for The King’s Cup will begin at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte. The teams will compete in heat races to earn a transfer spot into the main event, and the opportunity to hoist the coveted trophy. A standout lineup of corporate sponsors includes Pennzoil, Sprint, Stanley, Penske Racing, Carlisle, David Ragan Foundation, NASCAR Foundation and Wyndham Vacation Ownership to name a few. A silent auction and food will ensure that there is something for everyone. All of this adds up to an experience that no race fan will want to miss.
“The Damon family has taken the Paralyzed Veterans of America under their wings, and they hold this charity close to their hearts because of what the Veterans have done, and continue to do, for our country,” said Karen Damon. “We believe in improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. The family applauds the tireless efforts of the Paralyzed Veterans staff in supporting and raising money for this exceptional charity.”
Bill Lawson, President of the Paralyzed Veterans of America says; "The King's Cup is always a highlight on the NASCAR calendar. We are so blessed to work with so many wonderful corporate partners and industry leaders that continue to support our mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our severely injured heroes. Through this event, we hope to raise awareness and critical funds to help veterans with disabilities live a fulfilling life -- one that they have earned and deserve!"
The King’s Cup – Karting for a Cause has raised over $500,000 for the Paralyzed Veterans since it began in 2009. Teams and tickets are still available for purchase at www.pva.org/gokart.