Greenwich teens raise funds with Project Yellow Light race

From left, Addison Albano, Kelly Albano, Ben Albano, Peter Albano and Austen Albano all teamed up for the effort.

From left, Addison Albano, Kelly Albano, Ben Albano, Peter Albano and Austen Albano all teamed up for the effort.

Three Greenwich brothers pooled their efforts to organize the second annual Project Yellow Light Race at Grand Prix New York, a kart race designed to raise funds and awareness for distracted driving initiatives.

Greenwich High School senior Ben Albano, the 2013 MAZDASPEED Challenge Summer Series Champion and 2012 Rookie of the Year, was joined by his brothers Addison, a Brunswick School junior and Austen, a freshman at King, as he canvased Fairfield and Westchester County schools for potential racers. The brothers raised $3,200 in funds for the race, which took place April 25 in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

The Project Yellow Light Race, which coincided with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, brought in more than 85 participants and raised $1,000 more than the previous year, a marked improvement accordin to event organizers. Student participants were seperated into two groups based on their karting experience and raced for 90 minutes on the Grand Prix New York track. The winning two teams were: GTLM Class: Owen Gerber, Noah Richardson, Clayton Jurkowitz, Colin Rosato and George Yates and Prototype Class: Page Jockimo, Mitchell Wilson, Xavier Delgado, Marshall Resnick and Graham Resnick.

“With the generous help of our corporate sponsors, we raised awareness for the dangers of distracted driving and raised money for Project Yellow Light, helping to eliminate one of the greatest threats to our age group,” Ben Albano said in a statement.

In addition to private donations, the event garnered sponsorship from Teddy’s Transportation, Fresh Green Light Driving School, Allstate — The Wright Insurance Agency, LLC, Petro Heating and Air Conditioning, The Gerber Group, Skip Barber Racing School and Aux Délices Foods.

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