25 karts entered in 2nd International Collegiate evGrandPrix

May 10, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Twenty-five electric-powered go-karts are expected to run in Purdue University's second International Collegiate evGrandPrix on Saturday (May 12) as part of opening day festivities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The teams are from universities and community colleges in the United States and Great Britain. They will race at 2 p.m. on a course built on the parking lot of the Speedway's Hall of Fame Museum.

The race is part of the Speedway's Celebration of Automobiles. Opening day tickets, which include admittance to the evGrandPrix, are $10, with children 12 and under free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/

The evGrandPrix is an outgrowth of the Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium (I-AEVtec), which is developing degree and training programs for the electric-vehicle industry.

I-AEVtec was created through a $6 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. The consortium includes Purdue, Notre Dame University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University Northwest.

Colleges and universities sending teams to the Collegiate evGrandPrix include Purdue; Ivy Tech; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; University of Oklahoma; Bowling Green State University; Owens Community College and Northwest State Community College, both in Ohio; and Coventry University and the University of Warwick, both in Coventry, England.

In addition to race performance, evGrandPrix scoring is based on energy efficiency and engineering design.

More information on the Collegiate evGrandPrix can be found at http://www.evgrandprix.org

More information on the Celebration of Automobiles is available at http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500/schedule/show/3429-opening-day-celebration-of-automobiles-may-12/    

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Sources: Steven Dunlop, I-AEVtec managing director, 765-494-7800, dunlops@purdue.edu

                   Danny White, motor sports outreach specialist, white66@purdue.edu