India names F1 track after Buddha – Buddh International Circuit image

( Organisers of the inaugural 2011 Indian grand prix have renamed the New Delhi circuit to Buddh International Circuit.

Currently under construction in the Uttar Pradesh state and scheduled to host its first race in October, the track was previously called the Jaypee International Race Circuit.

The circuit, about 40 kilometres from New Delhi , can accommodate up to 125,000 spectators, including 25,000 fans at the main grandstand and thousands more at the “natural grass” stands and temporary stands.

Jaypee is the name of the race’s promoter, headed by chief executive Sameer Gaur, who is heading an Indian delegation at the Malaysian grand prix this weekend.

“We want to have an in-depth look at Malaysia’s successful race,” he is quoted by the Bernama news agency.

Gaur also took the opportunity of his Sepang visit to announce that the track has been officially renamed Buddh International Circuit.

“It is from the word Buddha to mean peace and calmness,” the Star quoted Sameer Gaur, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Jaypee Sports International, as saying.

The circuit has been designed by world-renowned F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke, and has cost 400 million dollars.