Greenwich residents race at Grand Prix New York, raise thousands for Project Yellow Light

Grand Prix New York (GPNY) recently hosted dozens of teenagers from Westchester and Fairfield County schools for a night of go-kart racing and bowling that raised more than $10,000 to benefit Project Yellow Light, a short film scholarship competition created to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

“Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers, and Project Yellow Light aims to reduce that number by encouraging teens to use their creativity to promote safe driving habits,” said Nat Mundy, vice president of sales and marketing for GPNY. “This year in addition to racing we added bowling to the mix, a new option that we hope to offer next year as the event grows to be more and more successful.”

Grand Prix New York has hosted the Race for Project Yellow Light for the past three years. Race car driver and college student at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Ben Albano (Greenwich High School 2014) had the idea four years ago to start a fundraiser for Project Yellow Light, which was founded by Julie Garner in honor of her son Hunter, who died in 2007 at the age of sixteen.

“It is exciting to see more schools involved since my brother Ben started the Race for Project Yellow Light four years ago,” said Austen Albano, a high school junior at King in Stamford. “We set out to raise enough money to fund one of the scholarships and we exceeded that goal, raising over $10,000 through the generosity of our sponsors and racers and the great work from my co-heads of this year’s event.  For next year we’d like to spread the word to other schools who want to start a Project Yellow Light club and expand the reach of our message to adopt a zero tolerance for distracted driving.”

Teams of two to five drivers paid a $100 registration fee per team and raced to complete the most laps in the 90-minute endurance race; proceeds benefitted the Project Yellow Light Hunter Garner Scholarship.

Sponsors included Ben Albano Racing, Aux Delices, Teddy’s Transportation of Norwalk, Petro Home Services in Stamford, and Fresh Green Light in Greenwich, with Rye Brook-based Paraco Gas as the primary sponsor of the event.