GREENWICH, Conn. – Grand Prix New York will host the third annual 90-minute endurance Project Yellow Light Race on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m.
Greenwich teens Ben Albano, a first-year student at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, along with his brothers Addison, a senior at Brunswick School, and Austen, a sophomore at King, are organizing the race and signing up participants from high schools throughout Fairfield County and Westchester County, N.Y.
Last year’s event raised $1,000 more than the 2013 race, garnering a total of $3,200 for Project Yellow Light, which promotes awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
Ben Albano is a racecar driver in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup series and has been actively involved with Project Yellow Light since 2012. He was Rookie of the Year in the MAZDASPEED Challenge Summer Series, when he met Julie Garner, the founder of Project Yellow Light.
“Mazda Motorsports partnered with Project Yellow Light as we knew we had an amazing group of talented young racers who could help deliver the message that distracted driving is a serious problem. These racers are opinion leaders for their teenage peers. We are extremely impressed with the efforts of Ben Albano to go above and beyond in support of this program,” said Dean Case, director of communications for Mazda Motorsports.
“Partnering with Mazda Motorsports has made a huge impact on Project Yellow Light, and one of the greatest advocates for our cause is Ben Albano who, along with his family, has raised not only awareness for distracted driving but also funding for Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Scholarship,” said Garner.
As many as 20 teams of two to five drivers will race to complete the most laps in the allotted time, competing for prizes that include seats in the Skip Barber Teen Safety and Survival School.
Entry fees of $100 per team are tax-deductible, and all proceeds go directly to Project Yellow Light.
Grand Prix New York is at 333 N. Bedford Road in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
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