Once paralyzed, motorcross rider completes ride across America with victory lap around Daytona
Jimmy Button reached his goal on Sunday – standing on top of the box inside Gatorade Victory Lane at historic Daytona International Speedway spraying champagne in celebration.
Button, a former motorcross rider once paralyzed in a Supercross practice accident 11 years ago, rode 2,428 miles from San Diego, Calif., to Daytona International Speedway with the objective of raising money for spinal cord research.
Along with his trainer and longtime friend Cory Worf, he completed his ride with a victory lap around the storied 2.5-mile tri-oval. In 1994, Button won the Lites division of the Daytona Supercross by Honda.
Jimmy Button says: "I’ve been dreaming about doing this for 18 months. What it would be like, what it would smell like, what it would feel like to actually do it. To ride a bicycle around this place, that was pretty special."
His two month journey began on Feb. 20 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, the site of his accident in 2000. He concluded his demanding and grueling ride at the site of one of his greatest accomplishments.
Jimmy Button says: "It’s one of my favorite races on the series for me personally when I was racing. I had some great results here. I won it one time. It’s one of my prized trophies in my office."