Pragathi Gowda and Yuva Kumar, two of India’s successful potential rally racing talents, have joined hands with IOS Sports and Entertainment, a sports management organisation.
While Pragathi Gowda, a 25-year-old Bangalore-based rally driver, will represent the Asia-Pacific territory in the 2023 FIA Rally Star Training season after winning the Asia-Pacific finals of the FIA Rally Star Program at the Madras International Circuit in Chennai late last year. Pragathi, who began her career in rally racing in 2020 at the Indian National Rally Championships in Itanagar, placed in the top ten in her first national championship, catching the attention of the nation’s motor racing group.
Pragathi Gowda, said, “My racing career is short but my ambitions are big. I am glad that in this short span, I have been able to achieve some good results and that gives me the confidence that there’s more in store for me. At this stage of my career, it was important for me to start building a professional team around me and the first need beyond the technical bit was having a commercial partner. I am glad to be joining hands with IOS Sports & Entertainment who undoubtedly are one of the most professional and seasoned sports marketing entities in the country.”
IOS Sports & Entertainment also announced the signing of yet another promising Rally Rider Yuva Kumar into their fold. Yuva who recently won the Desert Storm 2022 in the Moto category (up to 250cc) hails from Andhra Pradesh but has been raised in Bengaluru, Karnataka. With nearly two decades of rallying experience on two wheels, Yuva currently competes for the Hero Motorsports Team Rally.
On the association, Yuva Kumar, commented, “Motorsports is an expensive sport and after a while to step up, we all need commercial partners to help us take us to the next levels in our careers. Last year has been a good year in my career and to now take the leap it was important for me to have experts with me. I am glad that I found that in team IOS and I am looking forward to my association with them.”
Rahul Trehan, COO, IOS Sports and Entertainment, said, “As an organization, we have strived to bring to the fore talented youngsters to the national eye. Both Pragathi and Yuva are truly motivated athletes with a tremendous ahead of them. It was their quality and sincerity that made us put our trust in them. Motorsports is one of the most followed sports across the world and through these athletes, we can bring some attraction towards motorsports in India.”