Students promote distracted driving awareness with Grand Prix

With texting and driving becoming an increasing problem on the roadways these days, Greenwich High School students are spreading awareness with an endurance race to benefit Project Yellow Light, an organization that promotes awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

Indoor racing, social entertainment and corporate event venue Grand Prix New York (GPNY) will host the 90-minute event, which will feature GHS students Ben Albano, a GPNY Junior League Champion and MAZDASPEED Challenge driver, and his classmate Beau Dealy.

The boys are organizing the June 14 race and soliciting participants from high schools throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties.

As many as 20 teams of two to five 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 GPNY and other sponsors.

“Project Yellow Light’s mission to encourage young people to stop driving distracted is immensely important and Grand Prix is the perfect venue to help raise awareness and support,” said GPNY Vice President Nat Mundy.

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change, in partnership with the Ad Council, Mazda, the 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 young boy who died in a car crash on June 10, 2007 at the age of 16.

For more information about Project Yellow Light, visit

The race will take place on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at Grand Prix New York, 333 North Bedford Road in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

To sign up, or for more information, contact Ben Albano at [email protected] or Beau Dealy at [email protected]

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