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MMSC ties up with Mazda Road to Indy program for the 2016 National Racing Championship

Team OD  /
16 Nov 2015 20:14:20 IST

The 2016 season of the MMSC National Racing Championship just got a lot more interesting as the Madras Motor Sports Club announced their tie up with the Mazda Road to Indy driver development program. The MMSC has said that the champion of the MRF Formula Ford 1600 series will get an entry ticket into the Mazda Road to Indy program. The winner of this program will get a $ 200,000 scholarship to participate in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the famed Indianapolis 500.

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MMSC president, Ajit Thomas said, We are pleased to announce our tie-up with the Indy Racing League for the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship shootout, which is further evidence to our commitment to develop talent in the sport."

Apart from the MRF FF 1600 category, the 2016 season of the National Racing Championship will also host the Formula LGB 1300, Indian Junior Touring Cars, Indian Touring Cars and Superstock championships.

In the coming season, the MMSC has made a change to the Formula LGB 1300 category by turning it into a rookie class, with a maximum age limit of 25. The best racers in this championship will get a scholarship into the 2017 MRF FF 1600 championship. MMSC will conduct shootouts for scholarships in the 2016 championship at the MMRT in Chennai, from December 8-11.

Press release - MMSC ties-up with Mazda Road to Indy


-MMSC tie-up with Road to Indy USF 2000 series -Incentives for 2016 MMSC Racing Championship -2016 Championship to commence in January CHENNAI: The MMSC Racing Championship received a major boost as their six-round 2016 season, commencing in January, will provide an entry to the Mazda Road to Indy USF 2000 series scholarship shootout. Announcing this here on Monday, the Madras Motor Sports Club, one of the oldest motorsport clubs in India, said the topper of the MRF Formula Ford 1600 series will be sent for the Mazda Road to Indy shootout, the winner of which will receive a scholarship of USD 200,000. Besides the MRF FF 1600 category, the other proposed classes are: Formula LGB 1300, Indian Junior Touring Cars, Indian Touring Cars and Superstock, all part of the support races. In another move, MMSC, promoters of the National Racing Championship for the past 27 years, converted the Formula LGB 1300 into a rookie class, open to drivers below 25 years of age. The top performers in this series will be eligible for scholarship to the 2017 MRF FF 1600 championship. MMSC president Ajit Thomas said: "We are pleased to announce our tie-up with the Indy Racing League for the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship shootout which is further evidence to our commitment to develop talent in the sport. "We will continue the trend from this year to start our championship early in the year and stretch it over the year. The feedback from our partners and competitors has been positive and encouraging in starting early again next year. "More importantly, the cooler temperatures in the beginning of the year make it more enjoyable for all the competitors." The Mazda Road to Indy is one of the most successful driver development programs in the world, providing a unique, scholarship-funded path to reach the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. MMSC will also conduct shootouts for scholarships in the 2016 championship at the iconic MMRT Circuit in Sriperumbudur, from December 8 to 11. Rookies and newcomers can take part in the scholarship shootout for the Formula LGB 1300 and existing drivers below 25 years of age participate in the shootout for the MRF FF1600. Details for the scholarship programme will be posted on the MMSC official website and their social Media page shortly. Interested competitors can also email to race@mmsc.in for details. Provisional calendar for 2016 Racing Championship: Round 1: January 29-31. Round 2: March 4-6. Round 3: June 17-19. Round 4: July 15 17. Round 5: August 19-21. Round 6: September 6-18.
  

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