LAKE PLACID -With the roar of the engines, the Kyle Petty Ride for Charity Motorcycle ride left the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, heading first for Corning and eventually to Florida.
The night before, Petty received a check for $6,500 through the Resort's fundraising event, held in the Dancing Bears Lounge.
"I had a number in mind of what this night would raise, and this number is definitely bigger," Lori Fitzgerald of High Peaks Resort said.
Petty was pleased with the donation, and with the week that he and his team had spent in Lake Placid.
"We have had a good week that was topped off with this donation," Petty said. "About a third of the group came in on Wednesday, and I was able to get here on Thursday. It has been a great time, and everyone has enjoyed it."
Petty said that he hoped to return to the area for either another ride or to participate in the Geoff Bodine bobsledding event, which organizers hope will be back on the Mount Van Hoevenberg track in 2012.
"Now that I know about this place and what is going on, I'll have to come back," Petty said. "I asked Geoff if I would be able to bring my bike for the bobsledding, but he said it's probably not a good time for that in late January and February."