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Sourav Ganguly to attend Indian Racing Festival as Kolkata Royal Tigers team owner

The Indian Racing Festival, India’s premier motorsport event, is gearing up for its third season with a major boost: Former Indian cricket captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has become the owner of the Kolkata Royal Tigers Racing team ahead of the 2024 season. Created by Racing Promotions Pvt. Ltd., the Indian Racing Festival is designed to appeal to India’s growing motorsport fan base. The festival features two major championships: the Indian Racing League (IRL) and the Formula 4 Indian Championship (F4IC), promising an exciting season of high-speed action.

This year, eight city-based teams — Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Kochi and Ahmedabad — will compete from August to November. Kolkata is making its debut this year.

Affectionately known as the ‘Prince of Calcutta’ and ‘Dada’, Sourav Ganguly is a legendary figure in Indian cricket. His entry as the owner of Kolkata Royal Tigers heralds a new era of excitement and prestige for motor racing in West Bengal and Eastern India. Ganguly’s leadership is expected to significantly increase the popularity of the sport and transform Kolkata Royal Tigers into a formidable force in the Indian Racing Festival.

“We are excited to announce Sourav Ganguly as the owner of the Kolkata franchise. His visionary leadership and commitment to excellence, shaped by his years of legendary cricketing success, brings an unparalleled dynamism to the Racing Festival of India. Ganguly’s impact will inspire the next generation of motorsport enthusiasts across India, ignite passion and guide young athletes towards greatness,” said Akhilesh Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, RPPL.

He added that Ganguly’s association will significantly increase awareness of the India Racing Festival (IRF) among a wider audience and further consolidate its position as the premier motorsport event in India.

“I am truly excited to embark on this journey with the Kolkata team at the India Racing Festival. Motorsports has always been my passion and this opportunity not only gives me the opportunity to contribute to the growth of motorsports in Kolkata but also aligns with my belief in nurturing a culture of excellence and sportsmanship,” Ganguly said.

“Together with Kolkata Royal Tigers, we aim to build a strong legacy at the India Racing Festival and inspire the next generation of motorsports enthusiasts. Thus, making Kolkata Royal Tigers a formidable force at the festival,” Ganguly added.

The former India cricket captain, who had an illustrious career representing India in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, is known for his ability to nurture young talent and lead teams to victory. His involvement in the Festival of India Racing and his ownership of Indian Super League side ATK Mohun Bagan underscore his commitment to supporting the sport in India. He urged fans to come out in large numbers to watch the races and support the drivers, promising an exciting experience.
Sourav Ganguly to attend Indian Racing Festival as Kolkata Royal Tigers team owner

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