After a Wednesday rain-out, the Purdue Grand Prix field returned to the track for the third session of the year, which was led by Sigma Chi Racing’s Nick Hale. Hale recorded a time of 27.937 on the drying circuit to top the day, just 0.069 ahead of his fastest competitor.
Nick Shirrell led the first part of the session in the No. 86 Tarkington Racing kart, but his time of 28.006 was marginally bested by Hale’s Martini-liveried machine.
Camden Speth continued a strong run for the No. 1 Delts Racing entry with a time of 28.378, good enough for third in the session. Austin Shaffer and Shaine Coon completed the top five in the No. 57 Amet Racing and No. 45 Pythagoras Racing entries.
A large patch of rain moving through the area narrowly missed the circuit, passing by to the south. Times were understandably slower than previous runs this year with significant rains lasting a majority of the previous day stripping the circuit of any previous rubber and grip. Hale’s top time of the day was the 12th fastest lap recorded of 2017 so far, but times are expected to drop through the end of the week with increasing temperatures.
Practice for the 60th Running of the Purdue Grand Prix continues tomorrow, Friday, April 7 at 5:20 PM ET. Slipstream Network continues live coverage of the event at SlipstreamNetwork.com/PurdueGP.