Green Grand Prix opens at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN—The location of the seventh annual Green Grand Prix might have moved this year to Watkins Glen International, Friday, April 15, but the event will still focus on sustainable transportation and environmentally friendly vehicles.
“Rising energy costs are pushing innovation in private transportation. The Green Grand Prix puts the latest vehicle technologies to the test in an exciting event that’s free and open to the public,” Green Grand Prix founder Bob Gillespie said.
The Green Grand Prix will also tie into the opening weekend of Watkins Glen International. Track gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday. The first events of the day, the Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rallies on the track’s 2.45-mile short course, get the green flag at 9:30 a.m. Two rallies will be run simultaneously, with one group going a distance of 50 miles and the second stretching to 100 miles.
The rallies are expected to attract diesel and traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, hybrid models, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell cars and vehicles running on biodiesel, flex-fuel and pure electric. Among such expected entries are international Automotive X Prize vehicles built by Cornell University and West Philadelphia High School.
High schoolers stay in the spotlight after the rallies when Electrathon teams compete on a course laid out in the pits area. Practice will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Racing will start at 3 p.m.
Electrathon racing features single-person, lightweight, aerodynamic, high-efficiency electric vehicles. They have three or four wheels and are powered by gel cell battery packs not exceeding 67 lbs. They usually weigh between 100 and 150 lbs.
Throughout the afternoon, most entrants in the morning rallies will have cars on display and talk to the public about their vehicles. The schedule for Friday, April 15, at Watkins Glen International is:
7:15 a.m. - Final registration begins for rallies at the WGI Tech Garage.
7:30 a.m. - Tech inspection begins outside the Tech Garage, west side.
9 a.m. - Drivers’ meeting for both short rally and long rally, Tech Garage.
9:30 a.m. - Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rallies begin, using the WGI short course.
11:30 to 11:45 a.m. - Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rallies end.
1 to 3 p.m. - Electrathon practice and final weigh-in/battery check, south of Pit Terrace Grandstands.
2 p.m. - Awards ceremony for Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rallies at the Victory Circle.
3 to 4 p.m. - Electrathon race using loop circling the pit wall.
4:15 p.m. - Awards ceremony for Electrathon race and Technical Innovation Award, Victory Circle.
For more, visit the Green Grand Prix Web site at http://www.greengrandprix.com.
The Green Grand Prix, an activity of the International Motor Racing Research Center, kicks off Watkins Glen International’s opening weekend activities that follow on April 16 and 17.
Opening Day at Watkins Glen International has traditionally been the day that fans can drive the historic road course to celebrate the opening of a new season. During Opening Weekend fans will get to drive three laps around the track for $25 per vehicle. Tickets will be available at the gate during the event.
Gates will open each day at 9 a.m. with laps starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. For the first time, proceeds from this year’s Opening Weekend will also be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.