WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The return of "the greatest spectacle in collegiate racing" could mean the return to normal. With the stands full of fans and 33 teams on the grid, one could think we're just a few laps way.
More than half the cars didn't make it to the finish line. Race winner Jacob Peddycord, having just poured milk over his head after 160 laps, was exhausted.
"Tired, I'm feeling a lot of emotions like tired, thankful, through the roof happy," Peddycord said.
Peddycord led for 153 out of 160 laps. He did not sacrifice a lead after passing Olivia Reidling on lap 7.
But the victory didn't just happen from his skillful driving and the teams blistering fast pit stops. With the pandemic still looming, the team was extra cautious to make sure come race day they'd be eligible.
"The thing is, if one of us gets covid and we're all under quarantine, and we can't race. And we all put in the time, and how much work we put in just shows how passionate we were about it in trying to win this, and none of us wanted to throw it away for something as wearing a mask and following Protect Purdue," Peddycord said.
By the time fall semester came around however, teams were getting prepped for the grand prix, says HRCR racer Bruno Navaresse.
"We saw that as you know schedules started coming to us, things started coming together, we really started believing it would happen. It wasn't really any doubts by second semester that it was going to happen," Navaresse said.
Navaresse placed 10th and the second HCRC team had a podium finish. For Navaresse, after a long day of racing, there's only one thing left to do.
"I don't know, I'm going to take a nap," Navaresse said.
Full results from the race can be found HERE