Gray makes grand kart racing debut at Purdue

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It wasn't long ago that Peter Gray turned in maximum, strong-willed efforts wrestling, running cross-country and achieving in the classroom at Sonoma Valley High School.

Gray, who graduated from Sonoma in 2013, just completed his freshman year at Purdue University, where, besides keeping up with his academic focus, has fueled his competitive nature not on the grappling mat or running path, but driving a vehicle on a track for miles on end.

Actually, the vehicle is a self-built kart, which Gray, along with more than 60 other entries, recently raced in the 57th annual Purdue Grand Prix in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Billed as "The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing," the Purdue Grand Prix, which is designed to test the mechanical and racing skills of students who build and maintain their karts, is 160 laps and 50 miles long, and takes around 90 minutes to complete.

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