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Greenwich Teens Organize Fourth Annual “Race for Project Yellow Light”

In 2015 AJ Racing finished with the top time. From left to right: Mark Tompkins; Addison Albano; Kyle Bronzo; Justin Tompkins; Angelo Curro; Austen Albano.
In 2015 AJ Racing finished with the top time. From left to right: Mark Tompkins; Addison Albano; Kyle Bronzo; Justin Tompkins; Angelo Curro; Austen Albano. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A group of Greenwich teens have organized the fourth annual kart race to benefit Project Yellow Light, an organization that promotes awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

The race will take place Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Grand Prix New York, which has hosted each of the previous three years, at 333 North Bedford Road in Mt. Kisco.

Greenwich teens Austen Albano, a junior at King in Stamford, Will Jeffery and Quentin McDermott, a senior and junior at Brunswick School, and Maggie Montague, a junior at Greenwich High School are organizing the race and signing up participants from high schools throughout Fairfield and Westchester.

Ben Albano, the event's organizer, is a racecar driver and student at University of North Carolina. He created the Race for Project Yellow Light while a student at Greenwich High School, where he was an active in the community in raising awareness for the dangers of distracted driving.

Teams of two to five drivers will race to complete the most laps in the 90-minute endurance race. Entry fees of $100 per team are fully tax-deductible, and all proceeds go directly to the Project Yellow Light Hunter Garner Scholarship.

With over 100 vehicles on the road, we are committed to helping ensure that the roadways are safe and are pleased and proud to help lead the effort, raising awareness among teens in our area,” said Joe Armentano, CEO of Paraco Gas, the sponsor of the event.

Since its inception in 2012, this event has experienced increased success each year, both in terms of awareness and funds raised.

“We are so delighted with this wonderful event established by Ben Albano, his family and friends. The race grows each year and with it, its reach to warn youths of the dangers of distracted driving,” said Julie Garner, co-founder of Project Yellow Light. “This grass-root effort has been significant in terms of raising awareness as well as funding for the Project Yellow Light Hunter Garner Scholarship”.

To sign up to race, or for more information, contact Austen Albano at aalbano@klht.org, Will Jeffery at wjeffery@brunswickschool.org, Quentin McDermott at qmcdermott@brunswickschool.org or Maggie Montague at margaret.montague@greenwichschools.org.

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