MT. KISCO, N.Y. and GREENWICH, Conn., April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Grand Prix New York (GPNY) will host the Third Annual 90-minute endurance race to benefit Project Yellow Light, an organization promoting awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Greenwich teens Ben Albano, and his brothers Addison and Austen are organizing the race and signing up participants from high schools throughout Fairfield, CT and Westchester, NY. The race is on April 17th at 7:00 pm at Grand Prix New York.
Ben is a race car driver in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup series, and has been involved with Project Yellow Light since 2012. 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."
Up to 20 teams of 2 to 5 drivers will race to complete the most laps in the allotted time, competing for prizes including seats in the Skip Barber Teen Safety and Survival School. All proceeds go directly to Project Yellow Light, thanks to the generosity of lead sponsor, Paraco Gas, and other local corporate sponsors. "Paraco Gas is very proud to support such an important cause. As a local propane distribution company with numerous drivers on the road we understand the importance of driving without distractions," said Joseph Armentano; CEO, Paraco Gas. He further commented, "By supporting this event we hope we can help send the message to teenage drivers and others that distracted driving is extremely dangerous and that texting can wait until you are parked at a safe location."
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 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. www.projectyellowlight.com.
SOURCE Paraco Gas