Cornell University Enters Automotive X-Prize Car in Green Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International

Automotive X-Prize Teams from Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana also Join Entry List

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The Cornell University Automotive X-Prize Team will compete in the 2011 Green Grand prix at WGI in its diesel hybrid dubbed "Redshift."

The number of teams that are coming to legendary Watkins Glen International for the Green Grand Prix on Friday, April 15, continues to grow.  Automotive X-Prize teams from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana have all submitted entries in order to take part in the day of competition.  The Green Grand Prix kicks off Opening Weekend at WGI with the traditional fan track laps taking place on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17.

The competition is expected to draw vehicles from numerous locations around the United States but it will be a short trip for at least two teams.  Both Cornell University and West Philadelphia High School have submitted an educational entry for one of two fuel economy rallies that will be run on the famed 2.45-mile short course.  The two rallies are part of a daylong schedule of events, which includes competition among Electrathon teams from high schools in several states.  Admission to the Green Grand Prix is free, and the gates will open at 8 a.m. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize competition, with a $10 million purse, was launched in 2008 to inspire a new generation of viable, safe and super fuel-efficient vehicles capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon or the energy equivalent. The three winning teams were announced last September.  The entries participating in the Green Grand Prix were among an original field of 111 competing teams, representing 136 vehicle entries from around the world.  The X-Prize cars will be in the line-ups of the fuel economy time-speed-distance rallies.

Entries will include 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. Additionally, organizers expect vehicles powered by vegetable oil, LP and compressed natural gas. Colleges and high schools with automobile technology programs are encouraged to bring their project cars.

Tickets for the 2011 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale NOW! Fans can order their tickets or get more information about the 2011 race season at Watkins Glen International by calling the ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.  Gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.  The Shop is open Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, and closed on Sunday.

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