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The Green Grand Prix is ready to roll

WATKINS GLEN—Drivers of alternate fueled vehicles, hybrids and fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered cars will have the chance to test their vehicles at the sixth annual Green Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, Saturday, May 8.
This year, organizers are offering the event’s signature road rally through the region as well as a fuel economy competition for all classes of vehicles.
The participatory events are part of a day-long celebration of sustainable transportation. The Green Grand Prix is based at the International Motor Racing Research Center ( on South Decatur Street in Watkins Glen and the adjacent Watkins Glen school district grounds. Other activities include educational displays, speakers, cars on display, exhibits, music and food.
Registration for the Fuel Economy Run begins at the Glen Motor Inn, at 8 a.m. The ChicagoSoft Green Grand Prix Fuel Economy Run begins at Glen Motor Inn at 9:20 a.m. Cars are expected back at the research center, starting at 11 a.m.
Registration and Tech Inspection for the Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rally is next at IMRRC 610 S. Decatur St., starting at 8:30 a.m. The road rally starts at 10:30 a.m., at the IMRRC. The cars are expected to return, starting at 11:45 a.m.
Displays are open at the IMRRC’s display grounds from 1 to 5 p.m. Awards will be given out at 2 p.m. from the speaker’s tent.
Organizers anticipate vehicles that will include all hybrid models, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell cars and cars running on biodiesel, diesel, flex-fuel and pure electric. The green event also expects many other interesting alternate fueled vehicles such as those powered by vegetable oil, as well as by LP and compressed natural gas.
The Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rally is the only official Sports Car Club of America road rally of its kind in the nation. The time-speed-distance rally covers more than 60 miles of scenic roadways in the Finger Lakes Region.
The ChicagoSoft Green Grand Prix Fuel Economy Run presented by will offer its competitors the opportunity to set fuel economy records in various categories around the 80-mile perimeter of Seneca Lake. Fuel Economy Run entrants also will return to the Racing Research Center to take part in afternoon festivities.
All events bring together a diverse mix of vehicles and their owners, businesses promoting renewable energy and related products, environmental groups, students and faculty members from elementary to university level and the general public. All afternoon activities and displays are free and open to the public.
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