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Purdue Grand Prix Race

The annual Purdue Grand Prix Race, held each April at the Purdue Grand Prix Track, brings together students, community members, alumni, and racing fans. Students from the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation put on the race—“The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing”—with support from the Purdue Grand Prix Alumni Organization. Purdue Grand Prix 67 will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Additionally, the Purdue Grand Prix Foundation holds an alumni race every five years for Purdue Grand Prix Foundation alumni of all ages to rejoice and compete in one of their favorite events again. This race takes place before the sprint race on the Saturday of race day. The next alumni race will be held in 2027.

Race 66 Results

Race 65 Results

65th Annual Purdue Grand Prix race winner Kardashian holding up the checkered flag in celebration
Winner of Race 65: Alexander Kardashian
65th Annual Purdue Grand Prix race featuring several racers during the race
65th Annual Running of The Purdue Grand Prix

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.