IUPUI fielding four teams in Purdue Grand Prix
April 21, 2015
Three veteran drivers and one newcomer from the IUPUI motorsports program will pilot the four campus go-karts representing IUPUI in the 58th annual Purdue Grand Prix April 25.
All four teams will pursue the same goal: take the checkered flag during the annual race, often billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing.”
If veterans James Schnabel, Allison Schoch, Matt Mote or first-year driver Zach Robinson cross the finish line first, IUPUI will earn its fifth Purdue Grand Prix title in eight years. It also would vault the winning driver into the company of the campus’s previous champions: Jon Laski (2008), Justin Penix (2010 and 2011, IUPUI’s only two-time champion) and Blake Deister (2012).
Schnabel, Schoch and Mote all competed in last year’s race, and all of the IUPUI-based teams have spent months preparing to qualify for the 33-cart field. Qualifications were held last Saturday (April 18) to fill the first 27 spots on the starting grid.
All four teams ranked among the top 18 carts during last weekend's qualifications. Schnabel ranked fourth during the qualifying round, while Schoch was 14th, Mote 16th and Robinson 18th.
The last six slots will go to the top finishers in three 25-lap sprint races held on race day at the go-kart course on the west side of the Purdue campus, a layout unveiled at the 2009 Purdue Grand Prix. The sprint races will begin at 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m., with the 160-lap feature race starting at 2:30 p.m.
The IUPUI Motorsports program is fielding two of the teams. Schnabel, a junior who finished sixth a year ago, will drive for IUPUI Team 2, with Bret Guzik as crew chief and Tony Foianini as chief mechanic. Other members of the crew are Cullen Walls, Grayson Heinbaugh, Tyler Olson and Ryan Kelly.
Mote will drive for IUPUI Team 1, with Logan Sprung the crew chief and Marcus McDaniel the chief mechanic. Crew members include Tyler Quakenbush, Jacob Brown, Brent Butler and Albert Castro.
The Society of Women Engineers is fielding an IUPUI women’s team for the second straight year, with Schoch as the driver and Maddie Dement the crew chief. Nicole Stout, Karina Gonzalez, Kristina Fielden, Susanna Angermeier and Linlin Cai are all members of the pit crew, while the team’s garage crew features Bree Abernathy, Carolina Cardona, Jackie Miller, Kerri Charlton and Raveena Patil.
The fourth team is MEGP, made up of mechanical engineering students and featuring Robinson as the driver, Joshua Hendricks as the crew chief and a pit team comprised of William Broaddus, Reid Forrester, Amir Ahmetasevic, Akash Shankar and Eric Chivington.
No parking is available at the race course, but Purdue will offer shuttle buses for those who park at designated sites near Ross-Ade Stadium, Wiley Residence Hall and the Stewart Center. Check the Purdue University Campus map for locations.
For more about this year’s schedule, ticket prices and more, visit the Purdue Grand Prix race day information website.