5 Indians win lifetime opportunity with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 08:57 hrs

New Delhi: Vodafone India, one of India's leading telecommunications service providers, today announced the winners of 'Vodafone Drive into the Big League – II' and 'Vodafone Join the Team', two unique and innovative engagement initiatives in the build-up to the second season of India’s racing event at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) at Greater Noida.

At the close of three months of high activity-led selection and elimination process, M/s Sequel Logistics Private Limited was declared winner of the 'Vodafone Drive into the Big League – II' - an annual initiative by Vodafone India, to provide a fillip to the SME sector and give them a money-can't-buy-experience of having their company logo on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars during the race weekend. S Rajkumar, COO & Director, Sequel Logistics Private Limited received this honour at the hands of Naveen Chopra, Director, Vodafone Business Services in the presence of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes racing legend Lewis Hamilton.

Receiving the coveted honour of being the guest sponsor, S Rajkumar, COO & Director, Sequel Logistics Private Ltd said, "This is an incredible moment and I am speechless. On behalf of the entire organisation, I am very grateful to Vodafone for creating this wonderful platform for enabling SMEs like us to gain centre stage. It is once-in-a-lifetime experience to see our logo being showcased on global stage as the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars race through the circuit during race weekend. We are sure this is going to benefit us invaluably in terms of building more equity for our brand and our products and services."

The four lucky winners of this year's 'Join the Team' are Rahul Chhabria (Mumbai), Parth Doshi (Mumbai), Anshita Rastogi (Delhi) and Paras Gupta (Delhi) and they will spend the weekend of their lives enjoying full hospitality staying with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. They will get complete access to the Paddock club, Pit lane, team garage and will also participate in pit crew practice along with the two racing stars. The winners were greeted on stage by racing icon, Lewis Hamilton.
Just over a month since his first-of-its-kind Night Speed Run in Mumbai, Lewis Hamilton expressed his pleasure at being back in India. Lewis Hamilton said, "Each time I return to India, I want to spend more time and come back to see more of this country.  It is very gratifying to see a growing interest and enthusiasm for motor-racing sport in India. I would like to thank Vodafone, for their continued support to the team. It has been a positive and mutually enabling association and as a team, we are all looking forward to the race on Sunday."

"The track looks great, it has quite a nice mix of corners - the start of the lap is pretty stop-start, there are a couple of long straights mixed with tight hairpins, but it’s the end of the lap that’s more interesting. I am sure the speed and race enthusiasts will witness spectacular display of superlative racing skills. I am looking forward to the first practice session tomorrow to get a feel of the drive awaiting us on Sunday," added Lewis.

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