Mat Summerfield and Simon Reid to race for Team Cummins at Tata Motors’ T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship
Team Cummins participating in Tata Motors’ T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship is sponsored by Cummins in India, a power leader whose business includes fuel systems, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Part of the US $17 billion Cummins Inc., Cummins in India comprises of 8 legal entities across 200 locations India with a combined turnover of Rs. 9,834 crores in 2013 and employs about 9,000 individuals.
Cummins Automotive Business Unit caters to the commercial vehicle segment in India. Tata Cummins Limited,a JV between Cummins Inc. & Tata Motors Limited, at Jamshedpur and Phaltan (near Pune) are manufacturing facilities for automotive engines among other manufacturing unist here. Cummins is the largest independent automotive engine manufacturer in India.
For tomorrows’s Tata Motors’s T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, Mat Summerfield (#1) and Simon Reid (#89) are the two drivers from Team Cummins. Born in 1974, Mat Summerfield’s truck racing career began in 1999. A mechanical engineer, Mat has designed and built his championship winning truck himself apart from race trucks that still compete in the British Championship. His consistent driving style has earned him success in both the UK and European championships.
Simon Reid is the BTRA Rookie of the year 2013. The 30 year old drives for the family haulage company Reid Freight. His father raced in the BTRC from 1993 to 1998. 2013 saw Simon start racing a well prepared new truck for every race in the season. He finished 4th in Division 2 of the BTRA Championship.
Mahesh Narang – Chief Operating Officer, Cummins Group in India said, “Since 1931, Cummins has had a rich legacy of participating in motorsports events globally. The first diesel car in America was designed and driven by our founder, Clessie Cummins. He, along with a co-driver, had set an endurance world record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, driving 336 continuous hours and 13,535 miles at an average speed of 44 miles per hour. Being associated with the first ever Truck Racing Championship in India furthers this legacy as also the Company’s long-standing partnership with Tata Motors, who are spearheading this event. We believe that such legendary sporting events provide an apt platform to showcase innovation and latest advancements that are taking place in the commercial vehicle space. All the trucks competing at the race are powered with the Cummins ISLe 8.9 litre engines that ensure high performance, strong acceleration and lower operating costs, with reliability and durability. As a global technology leader in on-highway applications, we continue to stay committed to delivering on our customers’ expectations in this segment and are excited to be partnering with Tata Motors, yet again.”