For over a century, Purdue University has been welcoming race fans back home again for the Indianapolis 500
From the “All-American” Marching Band performing across the iconic yard of bricks to Purdue engineers in the pits, we have helped welcome fans back home again to Indiana for more than 100 years.
In 1919, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band became the first band to perform as part of the day’s ceremonies. Their signature performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana” is known to draw cheers and tears.
Over the years, Purdue has sent many of its world-renowned engineers to the race, too. Many got their start in Purdue’s own big race — the annual Grand Prix. Begun in 1958, Boilermaker students, who affectionately call it “The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing,” use the student-run race to exercise their skills and enthusiasm for motorsports. Generations of Purdue-trained engineers have since worked in the pits at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, preparing IndyCar drivers for the 500-mile race.
Over time, Boilermakers’ enthusiasm and involvement in the sport has only grown — from the pre-race parade to the pits. Dozens of Purdue women have served as ambassadors in the 500 Festival Princess Program, stepping into leadership opportunities that have shaped the entire state of Indiana. And Purdue has served as the host band for the AES 500 Festival Parade since its inception in 1957.
Start your engines and read on to explore how Boilermakers continue to shape the Indianapolis 500.
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From the grandstands to pit row
Back Home Again: Purdue and the Indy 500
STEP INSIDE: Purdue Grand Prix Foundation
Playing a part in an Indy 500 tradition, year after year
Redefining what it means to be a princess
Taking every opportunity to shape the future, empower others
Empowering Indiana women through civic engagement
Becoming a part of Indianapolis 500 and Purdue history
Racing toward Indy 500 dreams
Seeing a community come together for race day