Indian racing league – i1 Super Series postponed to 2013

Machdar Motorsports announced earlier yesterday that they are postponing the first ever Indian Racing League – i1 Super Series to 2013. Late last year, Machdar Motorsports unveiled driver lineup for the 2012 i1 Super Series, which included names like Jacques Villeneuve, Giancarlo Fisichella, and Vitantonio Liuzzi and Karun Chandhok, along with 26 other drivers.

Anjana Reddy owned, Machdar Motorsports have stated that due to unavailability of enough drivers, they are forced to postpone this season’s Indian racing league. Mr Darshan M, CEO, Machdar Motorsports, said: “Dates of a bulk of drivers were conflicting with other international events. Also most of the team owners felt that they were not fully ready. So we thought we should not do it this year but hold it around the same time (January-February) next year.”

Indian Racing League – i1 Super Series was originally scheduled to flag off their first race in Sepang, Malaysia. Following is their original race schedule for 2012 season.

January                21/22     –             Sepang, Malaysia

February              3/4         –             Sakhir, Bahrain

February              10/11     –             Losail, Qatar

February              25/26     –             BIC, India

March                  9/10        –             Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

Mr Darshan also said, “We are currently engaged in discussions with a few more parties and would add a few more teams before the event takes place next year. Four team owners we have already announced and next three will be announced in April this year.” Organizers now plan on promoting Indian Racing League this year by organizing roadshows across different Indian cities, selling team merchandize like t-shirts, caps, cars, logos, etc.

Indian Racing League will have 9 teams that stand for 9 Indian cities and blaze alive the tracks, where two cars represent each team, one driver being a certified international motorist and the other a certified Indian driver, by mandate. The 9 teams and 18 drivers compete for the title of the i1 Super Car Series. With a prize money of $ 2 Million USD, the action promises to be both fast and furious.

Radical Sports Cars provide the vehicles for the series. The standard cars will test the experience and skills of the drivers in the international circuitswhere the cars are designed to touch speeds of 250 kmph and will accelerate from 0-100 in just 3 seconds, while the drivers experience up to 2.5 G force around corners.