Drivers Cross Country in Hybrids in attempt to set mileage record. [xfloat=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Great_Race_HCH-I_1_Small.jpg[/xfloat]Sean Welch - CleanMPG - Feb. 10, 2008 Chicago - Six hypermilers will begin driving across the country from New York City's Times Square on February 12, 2008 in a re-enactment of the historic Greatest Automobile Race of 1908. Their goal is to commemorate this event using advanced hybrid vehicles while striving for record fuel economy. The hypermilers will depart New York exactly 100 years to the minute from the start of the original Greatest Automobile Race. They will be driving two Honda Civic Hybrids as a convoy, in shifts, and without stopping 24/7. Their route will take them through 42 towns and cities along the US portion of the path blazed by the original 1908 Teams and their vehicles, finishing nearly 4000 miles later in San Francisco, CA. The historic 1908 Automobile Race set the stage for the many automotive successes seen in the twentieth century. Using the most advanced fuel efficient autos in production today, this centennial tribute intends to promote fuel conservation, lower emissions, and superior auto technology for the twenty-first century. Typical February winter weather and road conditions are expected to present numerous challenges. Additionally, much of the original 1908 route is less than optimal for fuel efficiency; however the drivers expect to take these hurdles in stride in their quest for outstanding mileage. The team is led by Wayne Gerdes of Chicago Illinois. Mr. Gerdes originally coined the term "hypermiling" to describe a driver who strives to exceed the EPA fuel economy rating of their vehicle, and has achieved record mileage numbers in unmodified vehicles on several occasions. In 2005 his team drove 1397 miles (for 110.0mpg) in a Toyota Prius on a single tank of fuel in the Prius Marathon Attempt. In 2006 another team he led achieved 90mpg in a Honda Insight over 200 miles in the Tour De Sol fuel efficiency challenge. Also in 2006, Wayne and a group of seven drivers smashed the record for the longest-distance single tank of fuel marathon attempt by achieving 164.4mpg over 2,254 miles, again in a stock Honda Insight. The five other drivers participating in the Greatest Automobile Race re-enactment consist of Bill Kinney of Washington, Brian Morris of Nevada, Ken Gordon of Illinois, Rani Cardona of California and Sean Welch of Minnesota. Honda North America is providing a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid as one of the cars. Laurie With is providing the second car, a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid. This event has no connection or association in any manner relating to the Great Race 2008 (TM). For more information regarding hypermiling, please visit CleanMPG.