Today’s session kicked off a month long celebration of hard work, competition and out right speed for the 60th Running of the Purdue Grand Prix. When the checkered flag flew, Adam Jennerjhan in the No. 24 Cary Racing kart topped the charts in a session that was largely controlled by the Cary Quadrangle team. His time of 26.513 was the best of the session by 0.312 secons.
Despite rain just before the session, the field of Purdue students managed to find enough grip for impressive results this early in the year. This year’s race is shaping up to be a memorable classic as the top five times from today’s session would have been fast enough to guarantee spots in last year’s race.
Camden Speth took over the No. 1 Delts Racing entry (from four-time champion, Jimmy Simpson) in exciting fashion with the second fastest lap of the day with a time of 26.815. Despite strong results throughout the month of April, Speth is looking for a win after finishing sixth and 30th in the previous two years.
Jennerjhan’s teammate, Kyle Tilley was third fastest in the No. 14 kart recording a lap of 27.223. After topping Saturday’s rookie practice, he spent much of today’s session near the top of the charts while dicing through the field with the sister kart. Jennerhjan and Tilley spent part of the session honing race craft while attacking the nine corners of the Purdue Grand Prix circuit in close proximity, even making bumper to bumper contact on the front straight.
Shaine Coon and Zachary Juliot completed the top five in the Nos. 45 and 3 karts, respectively. Coon was able to record a time of 27.403 in the Pythagoras Race entry while Juliot earned a time of 27.618 in the third NRTOC entry.
Despite the occasional local yellow flags, the session was run with relatively no drama. The most significant incident happened when Jillian Goodwin’s No. 82 Darlington Motorsports entry made contact with Spencer Meredith’s No. 99 Sigma Chi kart. The crash ended the day for Meredith while Goodwin was able to return to the track and complete the session.
Practice for the 60th Running of the Purdue Grand Prix continues tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5 at 5:00 PM. Slipstream Network will continue live coverage throughout the exciting month of April on the lead up to the milestone event on April 22. Race Day tickets can be found here and Slipstream Network’s Purdue Grand Prix Hub can be found at SlipstreamNetwork.com/PurdueGP, where all live streaming will be hosted along with post-practice podcasts.