The King’s Cup – Karting for a Cause benefitting the Paralyzed Veterans of America takes to the track today at Victory Lane Karting Center in Charlotte, NC; the latest installment of an event that has become one of the most fan-friendly happenings of an always busy May race weeks in Charlotte.
As in years past, headliners for the event include “King” Richard Petty and the members of Team PVA. This group includes drivers Brad Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Marcose Ambrose, Sam Hornish Jr., Martin Truex Jr. and Parker Kligerman. All will be in attendance to sign autographs and help raise awareness for Paralyzed Veterans within the NASCAR community.
“This is our fourth year having the karting event,” said Richard Petty. “It’s just been really cool to see all the fans come out, support Paralyzed Veterans, and then get to race with their friends and other drivers. It’s just been a pretty special deal over the last three or four years for Paralyzed Veterans of America. They have done a really good job of letting the veterans know that we appreciate their sacrifice for our country. This event is fun for them, the veterans, the fans and us as drivers. There isn’t another event like it and we hope to see another large crowd come out this year.”
Activities for the King’s Cup will begin at 5:00 pm today at Victory Lane Karting. Twenty race teams will compete in two heat races to transfer into the main event and earn an opportunity to hoist the coveted trophy. Corporate sponsors for the event include Shell/Pennzoil, Sprint, Stanley, The Coca-Cola Company, Walldinger Racing, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. A silent auction and food, donated by Sysco Foods and prepared by the Brickhouse Tavern, will ensure that there is something for everyone.
“The Damon family has taken 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 and drive of the PVA staff in supporting and raising money for this exceptional charity.”
“The King’s Cup is a unique event that combines a deep gratitude to our veterans, passion for motorsports, generosity and fun,” said Bill Lawson, National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “I would like to thank Richard, Team PVA and our marvelous sponsors for helping us to change lives and build futures for all veterans with disabilities and their families.”
The King’s Cup – Karting for a Cause has raised over $450,000 for Paralyzed Veterans since it began in 2009. Teams and tickets are still available for purchase and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio will broadcast live from the event today with both Sirius XM Speedway and The Late Shift. For more information, please visit www.pva.org/gokart.