Greenwich family raises $4,600 at third annual Project Yellow Light Race

Grand Prix New York (GPNY) recently hosted the third annual 90-minute endurance race that raised $4,600 for 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, organized the race and signed up participants from seven schools throughout Fairfield, Conn. and Westchester, N.Y.

Twenty teams of two to five drivers, 16 of which included of kids from Brunswick School, Greenwich High School, Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich Academy, Sacred Heart, King and Scarsdale Middle School, raced to complete the most laps in the allotted time and competed for prizes which included seats in the Skip Barber Teen Safety and Survival School.

“We are proud to be raising money for the Project Yellow Light scholarship fund, but especially to be raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving,” said Addison Albano. “We raised 50% more than last year through the generosity of our sponsors including lead sponsor Paraco Gas, Gerber Group, Petro Home Services, Fresh Green Light Driving School, Rey Insurance Agency, Skip Barber Racing School and Aux Delices.”

Joseph Armentano, CEO of Paraco Gas, said sponsoring the event was a natural fit for the company because driving propane trucks is an integral part of their business.

“A big part of our business is safety,” said Armentano. “It’s very important that our drivers are safe, our employees are safe and the communities we service are safe, so we are happy to give back to the community by being involved in this event.”

Ben, the eldest Albano brother, is a race car driver currently running with Skip Barber 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 Project Yellow Light founder Julie Garner.

Austen, the youngest Albano brother, who just got his drivers license, looks forward to taking the helm next year.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to carry this tradition for a fourth year in 2016 and continue to bring the message to my peers about how dangerous it is to drive while being distracted,” Austen said.

Garner, who founded Project Yellow Light after her son Hunter died in a car crash in 2007, 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.”

“Grand Prix New York is proud to be a part of something that inspires safe driving in young adults,” said GPNY Vice President Nat Mundy. “Project Yellow Light and the Albano family are doing something phenomenal for these students, and we are honored to be a part of it.”

For more information, contact Ben Albano at [email protected], Addison Albano at [email protected], or Austen Albano at [email protected]

About Project Yellow Light

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.

About Grand Prix New York

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.

Joe Armentano, CEO of Paraco Gas presented Addison Albano with a $2,000 check for Project Yellow Light at the fund-raiser.

Joe Armentano, CEO of Paraco Gas presented Addison Albano with a $2,000 check for Project Yellow Light at the fund-raiser.

Peter Albano, Austen Albano, Addison Albano, Linda Rey, Rey Insurance Agency and Kelly Albano at the Third Annual Project Yellow Light Fundraiser at Grand Prix New York.

Peter Albano, Austen Albano, Addison Albano, Linda Rey, Rey Insurance Agency and Kelly Albano at the Third Annual Project Yellow Light Fundraiser at Grand Prix New York.

2015 Third Annual Project Yellow Light Race winners and participants at Grand Prix New York.

2015 Third Annual Project Yellow Light Race winners and participants at Grand Prix New York.

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