TCS Unveils Support Structure for TCS NAKAJIMA RACING’s 2018 Super Formula Campaign

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TCS Unveils Support Structure for TCS NAKAJIMA RACING’s 2018 Super Formula Campaign

Tokyo |Mumbai, April 20, 2018: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has announced its support structure for TCS NAKAJIMA RACING’s 2018 campaign in the Japanese Super Formula Championship (Super Formula). The 2018 season kicks off at Japan’s famed Suzuka Circuit (Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture), with qualifying and final rounds of the opening race weekend scheduled for April 21st and 22nd respectively.

TCS has partnered as title sponsor for NAKAJIMA RACING (Nakajima Planning, Ltd.; President: Satoru Nakajima) in the Super Formula series since 2017, and contributes as technology partner, leveraging its globally proven IT expertise and technological excellence to contribute to team performance and fan engagement.

Machine Coloring Redesigned

The machine will appear in redesigned coloring for the 2018 season. While preserving the team’s classic navy-and-white design concept, unique from the ten rival teams’ on the circuit, the new coloring incorporates a dramatic TATA-blue stripe that accentuates the team logo.

New Driver Joins

Narain Karthikeyan (piloting car #64) is joined this season by new teammate Takuya Izawa (piloting car #65), who joins from fellow Honda team DOCOMO TEAM DANDELION RACING, replacing Daisuke Nakajima. Commenting on his ambitions for the 2018 season, Izawa declares, “My goal for the season, first up, is to earn a win. This team definitely has the potential to do it when we rally together. I’ll be communicating closely with my team, and trying out different tactics, so that come race-day my focus is 100% on winning.” TCS welcomes Izawa to the team, and eagerly supports both his and Karthikeyan’s quest for the podium.

TCS’ Technological Support

In the 2017 season, TCS developed NAKAJIMA RACING’s official mobile app (iOS, Android), an initiative aimed at enhancing fan engagement, and a first for any Super Formula team. This season, TCS aspires to be a catalyst for enhancing the team’s race performance, by enabling efficient analysis and visualization of the masses of data generated both by the machines and from the respective race circuits. These include metrics such as lap-time, fuel loading, weather conditions, and wing configuration, to name a few. Enabling real-time, intuitive depiction of multiple, critical data-sets allows team engineers to deliver the drivers strategic input with greater speed and accuracy, starting from practice sessions, all the way through to qualifying rounds and race finals. The easy compilation and consumption of data-sets post-race also helps the team with formulation of future race strategy.

Super Formula race lap-timing data (top speeds, lap and sector times of competing machines), for example, is displayed for only the most recent lap, making it necessary for team staff to incessantly record any data of strategic interest manually. Complicating things further, data formats differ from circuit to circuit, making it difficult for teams to track and respond with agility to developments across the full field of machines.

TCS has worked with the team to develop an automated monitoring dashboard that collects, consolidates, and displays data for their own and competitor machines. Considerable work has also gone into refining the user interface for better user experience by engineers and drivers alike.

Trainees from TCS Japan Join Nakajima Racing

Following on from an initiative launched in 2017, two young Tata Consultancy Services Japan associates will again join TCS NAKAJIMA RACING as trainees for the 2018 season. Working with the team throughout the season as members of the pit crew, Takashi Nishimoto and Ayumi Morita will be tasked with developing deeper, hands-on understanding of the machine and race, and bringing that back into TCS’ technological support.

Super Formula Season 2018 Calendar

 

Qualifying Sessions

Final

Circuit

Round 1

April 21 (Sat)

April 22 (Sun)

Suzuka Circuit (Mie Pref.)

Round 2

May 12 (Sat)

May 13 (Sun)

AUTOPOLIS (Oita Pref.)

Round 3

May 26 (Sat)

May 27 (Sun)

Sport Land SUGO (Miyagi Pref.)

Round 4

July 7 (Sat)

July 8 (Sun)

Fuji International Speedway (Shizuoka Pref.)

Round 5

August 18 (Sat)

August 19 (Sun)

Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi Pref.)

Round 6

September 8 (Sat)

September 9 (Sun)

Okayama International Circuit (Okayama Pref.)

Round 7

October 27 (Sat)

October 28 (Sun)

Suzuka Circuit (Mie Pref.)

About NAKAJIMA RACING

Nakajima Racing is a professional motor racing team based in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, located near the world class Fuji Speedway to the east of Mt. Fuji. Led by renowned former Japanese F1 driver, Satoru Nakajima, the team’s mission goes beyond winning championships, and includes contribution to the overall advancement of motorsports through fan, stakeholder and community engagement aimed at raising the profile or motor racing. Above and beyond the tireless pursuit of technological advancement, Nakajima Racing aspires to elevate motorsports with a view to enhancing the contribution of automobiles to society.

For more information, visit www.nakajimaracing.co.jp.

NAKAJIMA RACING Official Mobile App

Download the official NAKAJIMA RACING mobile app to follow the team’s endeavors in the Super Formula and Super GT series.

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nakajima-racing/id1266789431

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tcs.mobility.nakajimaRacing

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions provider that has been partnering with the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique, location-independent agile delivery model, a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India's largest multinational business group, TCS has over 394,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $19.09 billion for the year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS' proactive stance on climate change and award winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com

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