Tata Motors Declares Names of 12 Indian Racers for T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship Season 3
Published On Mar 19, 2016
After grueling training sessions as part of the first-ever T1 Racer Program, Tata Motors finally announced the names of the 12 Indian truck racers who will be competing in the Super Class category of T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship Season 3 tomorrow. The final 12 were gradually filtered through four levels of training during the course of the program from a larger pool of 135 drivers.
The new Indian Truck Driver Race selection and training program was based on the company’s strategic objective of making the profession of truck driving aspirational and at the same time act as a catalyst to induct drivers into the commercial vehicles profession. These Indian Truck Drivers have been selected from larger group of truck drivers employed nationwide with Tata Motors’ key customers.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “Trucking is vitally important to the nation's economy and the T1 Racer Program has been designed to help put a name and face to the men, who deliver essential commodities across the country every day. Since inception in 2014, with the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, we made a conscious decision to give Indian drivers an opportunity to be part of this prestigious event, and today, we have the final 12.”
The 12 Indian drivers selected for the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship are Nagarjuna A, Bacchu Singh, Rabinder Yadav, Bhag Chand, Rajkumar Mahato, Jitendra Singh, MD Parvez, Jagat Singh, Anand, Mohd. Iliyas, Malkeet Singh and Syed Akram Pasha.
Mr. R. Ramakrishnan, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy & Planning and Customer Value Creation, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “In season 1 we created history, by hosting the very first truck race here in India. In season 2, we showcased race trucks that were ‘Bigger, Better & Faster’. In season 3, Tata Motors is unfolding a new chapter in the history of Indian trucking, with a theme of ‘India to the World’ involving Indian talent, and is all set to create history yet again, in the one of the world largest commercial vehicle markets. With the T1 Racer Program having attracted over 550 nominations from our customers’ businesses, the ones shortlisted through the program today, are based on driving experience, average kilometers driven in a year, along with the experience of negotiating different terrains. We wish our 12 finalist the very best.”
Like in the earlier years, Season 3 of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship will continue to host experienced international drivers representing six teams, featuring 12 Tata PRIMA race trucks, built for the purpose. T1 2016 will host two race categories, with four races –
Two for the Super Class – comprising of Indian race truck drivers
Two for the Pro Class – comprising of internationally acclaimed drivers with proven experience in the field of truck racing
While Season 3 will witness Indian drivers competing in black Prima race trucks, which are identical to each other in look and build, the 12 coloured trucks competing in the Pro Class of the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship 2016 will represent six teams, who participated in the previous two seasons of the championship, with one new team.