Grand Prix New York (GPNY) will host the Second Annual 90-minute endurance race to benefit Project Yellow Light, an organization that promotes awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Greenwich High School senior Ben Albano, the 2013 MAZDASPEED Challenge Summer Series Champion and 2012 Rookie Of The Year, along with his brothers Addison, a junior at Brunswick School and Austen, a freshman at King, are organizing the race and signing up participants from high schools throughout Fairfield, CT and Westchester, NY. The race will take place on April 25th at 7:00 pm at Grand Prix New York, 333 North Bedford Road in Mt. Kisco, NY.
The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. States have taken up the cause and are putting tougher laws in place to discourage distracted driving. Connecticut State Representative Fred Camillo, who was recently appointed to the Distracted Driving Prevention Task Force, commented, “This is a great way to help raise awareness within the teen community of the dangers of distracted driving. This event, in coordination with the nationally recognized efforts of Project Yellow Light, is complimentary to what we are doing at the legislative level here in Connecticut. It is a perfect marriage, and Ben’s credibility as a professional race car driver gives him a unique voice among his peers.”
As many as 20 teams of 2 to 5 drivers will race to complete the most laps in the allotted time, competing for prizes which include seats in the Skip Barber Teen Safety and Survival School. Entry fees of $100 per team are fully tax deductible, and all proceeds go directly to Project Yellow Light, thanks to Grand Prix New York and generous corporate sponsors: Teddy’s Transportation, Fresh Green Light Driving School, Allstate - The Wright Insurance Agency, LLC, Petro Heating and Air Conditioning, Gerber Group, Skip Barber Racing School and Aux Délices Foods.
To sign up to race, or for more information, contact:
Ben Albano at email@example.com
Addison Albano at firstname.lastname@example.org
Austen Albano at email@example.com
Project Yellow Light
Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change, in partnership with the Ad Council, Mazda, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Organizations for Youth Safety. Applicants have a clear mission: encourage peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits. For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winners receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000, second-place finishers receive $2,000, and third-place finishers receive $1,000. Project Yellow Light was founded in memory of Hunter Garner - a 16-year-old with a dry wit, wicked sense of humor, interesting creative mind, who loved music, running, and had lots of friends from all walks of life. Hunter died in a car crash on June 10, 2007 at the age of 16. For more information about Project Yellow Light, visit www.projectyellowlight.com.
Grand Prix New York Racing
Grand Prix New York Racing (GPNY) is the only large indoor racing, social entertainment, and corporate event venue in the New York City-metro area. Centrally located in the village of Mount Kisco, New York, GPNY is a unique 118,000-square-foot facility that offers a quarter-mile-long, state-of-the-art racetrack for all ages; Spins Bowl, a 19-lane bowling center and special events space, the Art Garage, a visual arts studio for children, teens and adults; the Sim Room, a one-of-a-kind simulated driving experience powered by iRacing, Slot Car Racing, Fuel restaurant and bar, with award-winning catering; arcade, carnival room, banquet facility, conference rooms, and more. GPNY is actively involved in community outreach and fundraising efforts. Since its inception in 2008, GPNY has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities by hosting high-profile fundraising events. For more information about GPNY, visit their website at www.gpny.com.