Green Grand Prix runs this weekend
WATKINS GLEN—The Toyota Green Grand Prix, a showcase of motoring technology that aims for a cleaner environment, returns to Watkins Glen International as part of The Glen’s Opening Weekend benefiting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The 2012 Toyota Green Grand Prix will present a two-stage road rally April 20 to 21 and a NY Electrathon race on April 21. Both days offer educational seminars and displays by manufacturers and vendors. No admission is charged for the Green Grand Prix and it is open to the public both days. The diversity of the two days emphasizes the breadth of goals of the Toyota Green Grand Prix.
“It is a pleasure to host this outstanding event at The Glen for the second consecutive year,” track President Michael Printup said. “Hosting the Toyota Green Grand Prix is the best way to kick off our Opening Weekend and continue our strong commitment to environmentally green initiatives such as our season-long recycling program.”
The Toyota’s Green Grand Prix two-stage rally will have a stand-alone segment on Friday and Saturday, offering challenges for pre-registered drivers of alternate fueled vehicles, hybrids and traditional gasoline-powered and diesel-powered vehicles. Individuals, colleges and university, car clubs and manufacturers are welcome to participate.
The Electrathon race, primarily for high school teams, takes place on Saturday. Part of the event will be educational technical talks by students from the teams. Set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, the course will be on the infield of Watkins Glen International and is sanctioned and organized by NYElectrathon.
“The mission of the Toyota Green Grand Prix is educational, to promote innovation in sustainable transportation technologies,” said Bob Gillespie, chairman of the Green Grand Prix Corp., a nonprofit organization. “We are proud that our event, in its eighth year, attracts students from universities, colleges and high schools. We want the Green Grand Prix to be a means of encouraging technology students to stay in the Northeast and help move our region to become a center of clean energy.”
Friday’s segment of the Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rallies will be a 130-mile, fuel economy event completed on the 2.45-mile short course at WGI while Saturday’s moves to public roads for a 140-mile fuel economy rally. After the vehicles return to the track Saturday, they will be on display in the Watkins Glen International Tech Garage from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Doris Bovee Foundation, one of the Toyota Green Grand Prix’s key supporters, is among several key supporters including Corning Enterprises (Corning, NY), Auto Career Development Center (Worcester, Mass.) and Central New York Clean Cities Coalition (Baldwinsville, NY).
Additional details on the Toyota Green Grand Prix are available at greengrandprix.com. More information regarding the NYElectrathon event is available at www.nyelectrathon.com.