For the past 10 years, Mazda Motorsports has worked to provide young racers with programs like the Mazda Road to Indy and Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy. Recently, the organization has become more involved in not only training young racers, but also teaching young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. This is Mazda’s fourth year sponsoring the Project Yellow Light scholarship competition.
The competition asks students to create a film encouraging their friends to stop allowing distractions to impede their driving.
“With so many teenage race drivers competing with Mazda, we saw that we had both a responsibility and an opportunity to highlight the dangers of distracted driving,” said John Doonan, Mazda North American Operations director of motorsports. He goes on to say, “while young drivers may not always listen to their parents’ advice or direction, we have professional racers in our programs who, being the same age, can explain the difference between right and wrong with the credibility of a friend. This is a great way for our racers to become local heroes in their communities.”
The scholarship challenge gives high school and college students a platform to reach out to their peers and encourage them to practice safe driving habits. Mazda will be announcing the award-winning videos during race weekend at Mazda Raceway May 1 – 3.
We at Mazda of Lake Charles are proud that Mazda, Project Yellow Light, and today’s young drivers have chosen to take a stand and promote safe driving.