Once upon a time before Formula One was fueled by mega-dollars, the U.S. Grand Prix was held at the Watkins Glen circuit in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The track was the site of legendary battles between the likes of Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Eventually, the beautiful people decided it wasn't worth going out to the rural race track when they could instead hang out in more cosmopolitan locations like Phoenix and Indianapolis. After the track laid fallow for a few years, it was eventually revived and is now thriving (relatively speaking) once again.
One of the new newest events at Watkins Glen is the Green Grand Prix which will be run for the third time on May 3, 2008. The event is the only Sports Car Club of America sanctioned time-speed-distance rally specifically for alternative fuel vehicles. The competitors run a 78-mile route around Seneca Lake and include all manner of hybrids and other alt-fueled machines entered by individuals, schools and manufacturers. You can register at the site if you're in the area and interested.

[Source: Green Grand Prix]


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