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CS Major Blake Deister Wins 2012 Purdue Grand Prix

Release Date: 
Apr 23 2012

Blake Deister raises his hands in victory (Photo by Michael Heinz/Journal & Courier)

Blake Deister raises his hands in victory (Photo by Michael Heinz/Journal & Courier)

When IUPUI computer science student Blake Deister isn't in class solving complex computing problems, he's on the race track with the IUPUI motorsports team, and on Saturday (April 21) he raced to victory in the 55th annual Purdue Grand Prix.

Engineering students Wayman Brown and Patrick Nirschl finished second and third respectively, completing a sweep of the top three positions by IUPUI students.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Deister, from Mooresville, started on the pole, quickly opened a gap and never looked back in a dominating victory on Saturday. Deister led 151 of 160 laps to win the coveted Hovde Trophy.

Deister knew the only thing that could keep him from winning his first Grand Prix was an accident, according to the report. "I saw 20 laps to go and I'm like, please stay together go-kart, please, no incidents in front of me," said Deister, who just avoided disaster with about 10 laps to go in Turn 2. "I was trying to be quick because I didn't know where second place was on me, so I was trying to be quick, yet patient at the same time."

But no one came close to Deister, piloting the No. 56 MKP kart. Deister lapped everyone in the field but Brown and finished 17 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

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