First season of X1 Racing league to begin in October 2019
New details have emerged about the upcoming IPL-style X1 Racing League which is set to revolutionise Indian motorsport by attracting foreign participation and hosting street races.
24 races of 45 minutes each will be held during the first season, spread across four consecutive weekends inOctober and November 2019. The original scheduled slated a Q1 start for the series.
Chennai’s Madras Motor Race Track and the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida are expected to host one round each, while talks are underway with authorities in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and Mumbai for potential street races.
The series has made some major strides in recent days by inking important deals with India’s motorsport governing body FMSCI and leading global sports and entertainment agency Wasserman.
With the FMSCI deal, X1 Racing league now has exclusive rights for sponsorship, broadcasting, advertising, intellectual property and franchising, giving it full control of the commercial operations.
Wasserman Media Group, meanwhile, will assist the X1 Racing league with establishing the league structure, leading media rights sale and assisting in monetisation of commercial rights.
The series plans to launch several ancillary properties under the X1 Racing brand, including simulators, remote-controlled races and other alternative racing events, which will run for six months a year.
As announced previously, the series will comprise eight teams or franchises, each fielding four drivers, including an international male driver, an international female driver, an Indian national driver and an Indian international driver.
The league, which is co-founded by Indian sportscar racers Armaan Ebrahim and Aditya Patel, also announced that they’ve submitted circuit layouts to international governing bodies for approval.
It also noted that promoting responsible driving and women empowerment are its key objectives, apart from offering a platform to budding and established Indian drivers in the same was as NASCAR does in the US, DTM in Europe and Super GT in Japan.
“The dynamism of FMSCI and its member clubs have enabled the growth of motorsports in India over several decades, and we are very proud today having signed this landmark agreement,” Patel said.
“We thank the FMSCI for their support of the league and backing our vision.”
Ebrahim added, “We had extensively scouted for the right partner to manage the commercial rights, both from India and overseas, and felt that Wasserman would be the best suited to help us become a household name in motorsports.
“We are excited to start the league in 2019 and make India a global motorsports destination and create a platform for the future superstars in motorsports.”