Third Annual Project Yellow Light Race to be hosted by GPNY
Grand Prix New York (GPNY) will host the Third Annual 90-minute endurance race to benefit Project Yellow Light, an organization that promotes awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Greenwich teens Ben Albano, a first-year student at UNC 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, CT and Westchester, NY. The race will take place on April 17th at 7:00 pm at Grand Prix New York, 333 North Bedford Road in Mt. Kisco, NY.
Last year’s event raised $1,000 more than the 2013 race, garnering a total of $3,200 for Project Yellow Light.
Ben, the eldest Albano brother, is a race car driver currently running in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup series, and has been actively involved with Project Yellow Light since 2012. Ben was Rookie of the Year in the MAZDASPEED Challenge Summer Series, when he met Julie Garner, the founder of Project Yellow Light. Speaking on behalf of Mazda Motorsports, Dean Case, Director of Communications, commented, “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.” Garner added, “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.
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 the generosity of local corporate sponsors such as Fresh Green Light Driving School, Petro Heating and Air Conditioning, Gerber Group, Skip Barber Racing School, Your Driver is Here, and Rey Insurance.
To sign up to race, or for more information, contact Ben Albano at firstname.lastname@example.org, Addison Albano at email@example.com, or Austen Albano at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Project Yellow Light is a national scholarship competition designed to bring about change, in partnership with the Ad Council, Mazda, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Organizations for Youth Safety and U-Haul. 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 (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; 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.
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If you have the need for speed and a bit of a competitive streak, then northeast Memphis is the place to be as Autobahn Indoor Speedway celebrates its grand opening Monday, March 9th.
Director of Operations, Bill Harris, says the indoor race kart is the only one of its kind in the Mid-South.
"If Ferrari and Tesla got together to create an electric kart, it might look a lot like this," said Harris.
Harris oversees the Grand Prix style track which allows drivers to drift around right and left turns. It makes for a pretty intense ride, especially since the karts hit a top speed of 50 miles per hour.
"If you know what you are doing you can put it to its max," Harris said.
I must have not known what I was doing. My videographer Parker Hays and I got behind the wheel, and let's just say bragging rights went to the man behind the camera.
Fortunately, if I want to get better, Autobahn provides a race tutor--three-time Atoka Raceway Park points champion, Tiffany Wilson, 18.
"I have 11 years racing experience behind me," Wilson said. "I've been racing since I was 7 years old."
The senior at Center Hill High School is one of 29 people that Autobahn is able to provide a job to. She serves as director of competition and she will be teaching a racing course every Saturday.
"The karts here have a lot more git-up-and-go than the gas powered karts do," Wilson said. "Run the course you are most comfortable with and just give it all you got."
However, a lesson is not required, and as long as you know how to accelerate, brake, turn left and turn right, then you should be in good shape. Just remember to bring your lead foot, because at Autobahn there is no speed limit.
This is the third Autobahn in the country. The first two opened in Maryland and Florida and another one is planned to open in Birmingham, Alabama later this year.