Tata Motors supports Narain Karthikeyan for 2014 Super Formula series
Narain Karthikeyan, India’s Formula One poster boy, the fastest Indian on wheels and country’s first F1 driver gears up for his maiden participation in Japanese championship Super Formula 2014 where he will be backed by Tata Motors and Tata Sons.
The series comprises of eight rounds out of which seven will be held in Japan and one will be held in South Korea commencing from April 13 and coming to an end on November 9, 2014. Narain Karthikeyan will drive for Team Impul Hoshino Racing and is eagerly looking forward to the events which will see new cars this year. The format of these events will be on par with Formula One both where speeding and times clocked are concerned.
Tata Group has been supporting Karthikeyan ever since 2002, backing him wholeheartedly in his endeavour to being the first ever India to race in F1. In the upcoming events, Karthikeyan will be competing with other fast drivers from across the globe to include Andre Lotterer and Loic Duval, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Takuma Sato besides Kazuki Nakajima, James Rossiter and Joao Paulo de Oliveria. It will be the latter who will partner Karthikeyan as his team mate in Team Impul.
Last year saw Karthikeyan participate in Auto GP World Series where he was successful and scored a total of 5 wins and 4 pole positions during the season.
Dr. Mukund Rajan, Member – Group Executive Council and Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, said, “The Tata group has, throughout its history, supported the cause of sports in India. It has spawned academies for different sports, sponsored numerous sporting events, and supported the most talented sportspersons in this country. Our association with Narain Karthikeyan and motor sports is an extension of this commitment. We have been supporting Narain for the past twelve years and were in fact the principal sponsors of his debut foray in F1. We are excited to sponsor his maiden participation in the 2014 Super Formula season. We wish him the very best, and are confident that he will continue to make India proud.”
Speaking on the association and the upcoming season, Narain Karthikeyan said, “It is an honour to be backed by the Tata group that has always been at the forefront of promoting Indian sporting talent, and has consciously strived to encourage sports in India and globally through multiple platforms, across multiple sports. I am excited and looking forward to compete in the 2014 Super Formula season, which has an amazing line-up of drivers from across the world. The best part about this spec-series is the fact that everyone has the same equipment and the same opportunity to win – something which I relished in Auto GP last year. I hope to make the country proud.”
2014 Super Formula Calendar
April 13 Suzuka Circuit
May 18 Fuji Speedway
July 13 Fuji Speedway
Aug 24 Twin Ring Motegi
Sept 14 Autopolis
Sept 28 Sportsland Sugo
Nov 9 Suzuka Circuit
Super Formula 2014 specs
Chassis: Dallara SF14
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo with Hybrid
Weight: 650kg (inclusive of driver)
Gearbox: Ricardo six-speed paddle