Grand Prix weekend kicks off at Purdue

The green flag will wave at the greatest spectacle in college racing happening this weekend. The 61st Purdue Grand Prix is Saturday, April 21.

Posted: Apr. 20, 2018 9:24 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Start your engines! The green flag will wave at the greatest spectacle in college racing happening this weekend. The 61st annual Purdue Grand Prix is Saturday, April 21.

The Grand Prix track is just off of McCormick Road and Cherry Lane, behind Alexander Field. The day's festivities begin at 9 a.m and the green flag will wave at 2:30 p.m. New this year, there will be food trucks and big screens showing the race in real time.

The day starts Saturday morning around the campus bars for Breakfast Club festivities. West Lafayette and Purdue police are working together this weekend to keep everyone safe.

West Lafayette police will have extra foot patrols around the bars while Purdue police monitor everything happening around campus.

"We are always concerned that we get the messaging out there about safety, personal safety, consuming alcohol properly, making good decisions, if you see something say something," said Purdue Police Chief John Cox.

Parking is limited and there are many road closures including on McCormick Road.

"Remember a construction site is actually a construction site," Cox said. "Don't try to cut through it, don't trespass on it. They're digging holes and building roads and they're dangerous areas if you're not a contractor in there working."

Parking on race day is available at multiple locations including Ross Ade Stadium. There will be two continuous shuttles to help race goers get to and from the track from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Pick up locations include the corner of Jischke Drive and Tower Drive, Earhart Hall, Ross-Ade North end parking lot, Stewart Center and Wiley Dining Court. These locations will be marked with signs.

Tickets for the Grand Prix can be purchased at the gate on race day for $12. Cash and Credit cards are being accepted. Presale tickets prior to April 21 are $7 and can be ordered online and printed at home here.

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