* Purdue Grand Prix

April 12, 2007

Student groups to compete in first Grand Prix Ultimate Challenge

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Student organizations will have the opportunity to compete against each other in a variety of athletic contests during the week leading up to the 50th annual Grand Prix kart race that will take place April 21 at the track north of Ross-Ade Stadium.

Megan McCarter, director of promotions for the Grand Prix Foundation, said the Grand Prix Ultimate Challenge is a way for students to get together for a good cause.

"We wanted to start a new tradition with the Grand Prix, not just to bring awareness to the race, but also to help raise money for the Grand Prix Foundation scholarship fund," she said. "Countless students have benefited from the scholarships throughout our long history, and this is a great way to support our students and the foundation in a fun, activity-filled way."

Each team will earn points for different events taking place Monday through Thursday of the week leading up to Grand Prix. The activities include a corn toss tournament, a wing-eating contest, tug of war, sand volleyball tournaments and an egg-themed obstacle course.

Prizes will include T-shirts personalized with the winning team's name, a Hot Box Pizza party and a bag full of other prizes.

Teams should have 10 members, and there is an entry fee of $50 per team. All proceeds from the challenge will benefit the Grand Prix Foundation scholarship fund. Checks can be made out to the Grand Prix Foundation and dropped off at the Grand Prix office in Stewart Center, Room G2. The entry deadline is noon Friday (April 13).

For questions about the Grand Prix Ultimate Challenge, contact Emily Schieferstein,, or Megan Fifer,

The schedule of events for the Grand Prix Ultimate Challenge will be:

- Monday (April 16). 5:30 p.m. Purdue Memorial Mall. Hooters wing-eating contest and corn toss tournament.

- Tuesday (April 17). 5:30 p.m. Engineering Mall. Tug-of-war tournament.

- Wednesday (April 18). 3 p.m. Recreational Sports Center sand volleyball courts. Sand volleyball tournament.

- Thursday (April 19). An obstacle course challenge will take place at 5 p.m. on Purdue Memorial Mall, followed by a philanthropy dinner at Boiler Market from 6-8 p.m.

Also, Friday is the annual Grand Prix Day, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Purdue Memorial Mall. This year's event will feature drivers and cars from the present, as well as from years past to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Grand Prix.

This year's Grand Prix race will be at 2:45 p.m. April 21 at the track north of Ross-Ade Stadium.

As part of the Grand Prix's 50th anniversary celebration, there will be two alumni races preceding the main race. The first race will be at 12:40 p.m. for drivers of the first 25 years (1958-1982) and will be 10-15 laps long. The second race will be at 1 p.m. for drivers who raced from 1983-2002 and will be 25 laps.

More information on Grand Prix can be found at

The Purdue Grand Prix Foundation is a student-run, nonprofit organization that conducts the kart race and related events to raise money for scholarships.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Sources: Megan McCarter, (770) 656-7919,

Emily Schieferstein,

Megan Fifer,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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