Narain Karthikeyan


BornJanuary 14, 1977


Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan is the first Formula One motor racing driver from India. He has previously competed in A1GP, and the Le Mans Series. Karthikeyan's interest in motorsport began at an early age, as his father was a former Indian national rally champion winning South India Rally seven times. He is also related to the late S. Karivardhan, India's most famous racing driver until Karthikeyan's foray into the race tracks. In 1998, Karthikeyan made his debut in the British Formula Three Championship with the Carlin Motorsport team. He continued in the championship for 1999, finishing on the podium five times, including two wins at Brands Hatch. Karthikeyan started 2001 in the Formula Nippon F3000 Championship, finishing the year amongst the top ten. In the same year, he became the first Indian to ever drive a Formula One car, testing for the Jaguar Racing team at Silverstone on 14 June. In 2002, he moved into the Telefónica World Series with Team Tata RC Motorsport. In 2004, he was involved in the Nissan World Series taking wins in Valencia, Spain and Magny-Cours, France. He made his Formula One debut in 2005 with the Jordan team, and was a Williams F1 test driver in 2006 and 2007. Like several other former F1 drivers, Narain Karthikeyan moved to stock car racing and drove the #60 Safe Auto Insurance Company Toyota Tundra for Wyler Racing in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2011 he returned to F1 with the HRT team, and has again signed with them for the 2012 season.
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