TIMES OF INDIA – AHMEDABAD 07 DECEMBER 2011

Delhi i1 team gets a name: Arindam Chaudhuri's Delhi franchise will be called 'Delhi Gypsies and Billionaires' in the upcoming i1 Super Series league, it was announced on Tuesday. Planman Stars, a company promoted by Chaudhuri of IIPM, is the owner of the Delhi team in i1 Super Series and is expected to invest about $5-6 million in the league's maiden year. “Motor sports is as much a sport for the gypsies at heart as for the billionaires by style! The name is as much a tribute to Delhi, the city which is often referred to as Dilwalon ki Dilli, as to the city which boasts of the highest number of billionaires and is undoubtedly the style capital of India,” Chaudhuri said in a statement.

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Delhi i1 team christened as Delhi Gypsies

The Delhi franchise of the i1 Super Series was one of the first teams to be snapped up with Arindam Chaudhuri's Planman Stars buying the team. The team will be known as Delhi Gypsies and Billionaires as they get ready to compete in the inaugural season next year. Delhi will be one of the nine city franchises set to compete in the i1 series, reports Devadyuti Das from New Delhi. “Motorsports is as much a sport for the gypsies at heart as for the billionaires by style! The name is as much a tribute to Delhi, the city which is often referred to as Dilwalon ki Dilli, as to the city which boasts of the highest number of billionaires and is undoubtedly the style capital of India,” Chaudhuri announced on Tuesday.

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The Delhi franchise of the i1 Super Series was one of the first teams to be snapped up with Arindam Chaudhuri's Planman Stars buying the team. The team will be known as Delhi Gypsies and Billionaires as they get ready to compete in the inaugural season next year.

Delhi will be one of the nine city franchises set to compete in the i1 series. “Motor sports is as much a sport for the gypsies at heart as for the billionaires by style! The name is as much a tribute to Delhi, the city which is often referred to as Dilwalon ki Dilli, as to the city which boasts of the highest number of billionaires and is undoubtedly the style capital of India,” Chaudhuri announced on Tuesday.

The i1 Super Series management has decided to organize the track day in Abu Dhabi on December 20. “We have sent final agreements to 12 international drivers and invites to all the major Indian drivers. We will unveil the driver line-up in Abu Dhabi in a couple of weeks time,” i1 series CEO M Darshan told TOI on Tuesday.

Darshan confirmed that a couple of former F1 drivers were among the 12 drivers set to be signed up. “There will be a draw of lots to divide all the drivers amongst the nine teams. Among them are a couple of F1 champions and we are hoping that Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok and Armaan Ebrahim will all be seen in action in the i1 Super Series,” he added.

The i1 series CEO explained that since there are only nine teams and 12 international drivers, the rest of the drivers will be on stand-by.

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