Quicken Loans Team & NASCAR Driver Corey Lajoie Takes Home the Trophy
CHARLOTTE, NC (May 21, 2013) – With the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway looming, and NASCAR activities in and around the Charlotte-area ramping up, Richard Petty kicked off Charlotte race week Tuesday night by hosting the fifth-annual “King’s Cup – Karting for a Cause” presented by D&B Motors and Xtreme Motorsports at Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte, NC.
Through this premier charity event, “The King” Richard Petty, NASCAR personalities and loyal sponsors have helped raise over half a million dollars to support Paralyzed Veterans of America (“PVA”) and the veterans and families it serves. This year’s event alone raised over $82,000. This event is critical in helping advance Paralyzed Veterans’ mission to provide veterans services, and advocate for quality healthcare and civil rights for veterans living with spinal cord injury or disease.
“We are so fortunate to work with so many loyal partners and fans through the NASCAR community. This event is a time for honoring those who have sacrificed so much for this nation, and we’re grateful to have so many folks come out and help raise funds and awareness for our mission” said Bill Lawson, President of Paralyzed Veterans. “A big thanks for everyone for making this event possible.”
SPEED personality, Bob Dillner emceed the evening festivities which included an autograph session with Petty, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Austin Dyne, Max Gresham, Sam Hornish Jr, Joey Logano, Ryan Reed, a silent auction and competitive racing. The 18-team go-karting event was made up of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, teams, sponsors, others involved in the racing community, and this year, a professional football player, Panther’s running back, DeAngelo Williams.
Stanley Racing, three-times King’s Cup champions, had nothing for this year’s King’s Cup trophy honorees which went to the Quicken Loans Racing. The six-person team lead most of the evening’s final 1-hour “Shoot Out.” Drivers, Corey Lajoie, Ryan Flores, Dillon Silverman, Cliff Daniels, Evan York and Andrew Von Fange, celebrated in Victory Lane with the coveted “King’s Cup”.
“I would like to thank all the sponsors, teams and fans that participated in support of Paralyzed Veterans, it’s a great cause and Quicken Loans was proud to be part of a fun evening,” said Todd Carte, Quicken Loans Director of Business Development.
In addition to the Petty and Penske family of drivers, David Gilliland, David Ragan and Matt Crafton all came out to participate and join in the fun, as well as upcoming racers Ross Chastain, Corey Lajoie, Coleman Pressley and Darrell Wallace Jr.
5th Annual “King’s Cup – Karting for a Cause”
1. Quicken Loans
3. Checkered Flag Foundation
4. Joey Logano Foundation
6. David Ragan Foundation
8. Xtreme Motorsports
9. The NASCAR Foundation
10. D&B Motors
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s-from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 66 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)
About Richard Petty Motorsports:
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneurs Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force and STP and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Stanley and DEWALT. In addition, Michael Annett wheels the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C.