Toyota India has commenced the online registrations for selection of drivers for the third edition of the Toyota Etios Motor Racing (EMR) 2015. The company has successfully concluded two seasons in 2013 and 2014. Individuals falling in the age group of 15-28 years and 29 years or above can apply online. After first round of online selection is over, the on-ground selection would take place through a go-karting round in May under the supervision of N. Leelakrishnan.
Speaking more on the occasion, Mr. Akitoshi Takemura, Senior Vice President- Toyota Planning & Strategy Group & Senior Managing Coordinator, Toyota Sales Group, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “After two successful seasons of Etios Motor Racing in India, we are delighted to open the driver selection for the new season. We have seen some very good talent in the previous seasons and we are excited to get some fresh talent onboard this season. Moreover, as an endeavor to encourage more participation from women, selected lady drivers will get a 50% waiver on the registration fees." For your information, N. Leelakrishnan is a six-time INRC Motor Rally champion and one-time Formula 3 (India) champion.
"Toyota has always been a pioneer in motorsports globally and with this lineage and expertise, Toyota along with Toyota Racing Development introduced Etios Motor Racing in India in 2012. With an intention to initiate racing at grass root level in India and by giving young motor sport talent a platform to nurture their talent, EMR has come a long way and we look forward to a brand new season in 2015,” he further added. The go-karting round would be followed by a final selection round. In that round, the applicants will drive an EMR car at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. Drivers with previous EMR experience will be given a direct entry into the final selection round. Participants will be evaluated on various parameters like driving skill, physical fitness, and consistency in lap times.