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More than 2,500 attended Purdue’s 62nd annual Grand Prix

32 teams took to the track and drove a total of 160 laps. The top five winners took home a trophy and bragging rights.

Posted: Apr 13, 2019 11:05 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's called the greatest spectacle in college racing.

More 2,500 people made it out to the Purdue University Grand Prix Saturday afternoon. This year marks the 62nd anniversary.

32 teams took to the track and drove a total of 160 laps. The top five winners took home a trophy and bragging rights.

This race isn't only held for tradition, it's also a fundraiser. The Grand Prix Foundation gave out 13 scholarships to students.

Grand Prix Alumni and two-time winner Alan Brittingham said it's great to watch these races every year.

“It gets better every year,” said Brittingham. “The kids do a wonderful job, it's their race and the alumni are here to answer questions.”

First timers say they're excited to be a part of this grand tradition.

“I have a lot of friends who are actually working on the honors karts so I was going to see them race so I'm excited to see what happens,” said Purdue freshman Isabella Wolson.

“Super excited for this Indiana tradition. Never really been here but I'm excited to see what it holds,” said Purdue freshman Avatika Restogi. "I was gonna say the same thing. I'm really excited it's a big school tradition and I’m really into stuff like that,” added freshman Eliza Connelly.

More than half the racers were rookies this year.

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