Xavier’s student clubs revved their engines in the inaugural Mini Indy 500 in April 1992 to raise money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The student activities council secured sponsorships from radio station WFOX, Saturn Automotive, Izzy’s Delicatessen and the amusement arcade Malibu Grand Prix.
“The day was sunny and mild, as the would-be Mario Andrettis came out of the woodwork to represent their clubs on the racetrack, better known as the Cohen Center parking lot,” reads a passage from The Musketeer.
Organizers allotted two racing spots per club for a $25 fee. Drivers rounded the parking lot and time penalties were assessed when necessary. The two fastest competitors then raced to determine the winner. Gary Wahoff, representing Kappa Kappa Psi, the band fraternity, took the top spot.