Indy native wins fourth straight Purdue Grand Prix, sets record

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Purdue senior Jimmy Simpson is the first person in Grand Prix history to win four consecutive events. (Purdue University photo/Charles Jischke)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (April 23, 2016) – Jimmy Simpson, an Indianapolis native, won his fourth consecutive Purdue Grand Prix Saturday.

The Cathedral High School graduate is the first driver to ever win the go-kart race four times in a row.

Simpson, driving car #1 for Delts Racing, spent most of the first half of the 160 lap race chasing Chip Challis, who was racing car #22 for Phi Kappa Phi Racing.

Simpson spent the second half of the race fending off IUPUI’s Brenden Johnson in car #4 in the tightest of Simpson’s four victories.

“I cannot believe we won this thing,” said Simpson. “I actually had to wheel and deal those last few laps.”

It was Simpson’s last race. Due to graduate soon, he looks forward to returning to the Firestone Indy Light Series and the Atlantic Championship Series.