Narain Karthikeyan


Name Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan
Nick name India’s fastest driver
Date of Birth January 14th 1977
Mother Tongue Tamil
Profession Formula 1 racer
Education Business Administration
Racing School Elf Winfield Racing School, France
Family Father: G.R. Karthikeyan, a former Indian rally champion
Introduced to racing by his father
Started racing  At age 16 even before he could get the driving licence.
Car Speed 275 km/hr in formula 3 racing, but when he goes to Formula 1 the speed will be 340 km/hr
Will be driving for F1 series Toyota-powered Jordan (Midland)
Hobbies Wild life photography,skeet shooting, and aero-modelling and likes to play Play Station.
Never  His mother never watches his races
Favourite sports personalities  Michael Schumacher, Aryten Senna, Mika Hakkinen from his profession and Borris Becker(tennis)
Personal Favourites 
  • food: Idli& dosa
  • movie: The Matrix
  • Singer: Bon Jovi
  • Song: Bounce
Endorsement deals $ 1.5 million
Sponsoring Companies TATA Racing, JK Tyres, Speed(Bharat Petroleum) Red Bull
  • Aged only 15, he became a finalist in the Pilote Elf Competition for Formula Renault cars in 1992.
  • Nephew of Late Karivardhan also a race car driver.
  • The only Indian and also the only Asian to win the Formula Asia International series.
  • The first Indian and only the second Asian to participate in the Formula 3 championships and to be on the winning list.
  • The first Indian to test a Formula One car when he got behind the wheels of a Jaguar R1 car.
  • He was offered an F1 drive by Minardi in 2003 but was unable to raise the funds required to secure the offer.
Races won
  • 2004:He won both the races at Valencia, Spain the 8th round of World Series by Nissan.
  • 2000:champion at Korea Grand Prix.
  • 1999:won the Brands Hatch race twice (considered one of the most difficult racing circuits)
  • 1998 – finishing with two third place finishes at the Spa-Francochamps in Belgium, and at Silverstone, UK.
  • 1997 – Won the prestigious Donnington Park Race with a lead from start to finish. Finished sixth in the overall points standings for the British Formula Opel Championship.
  • 1996 -Won the formula Asia International Series with 7 pole Positions, 7 Wins and 7 Lap Records.
  • 1995- finished 2nd in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
  • 1994-Won 1st place in Mc Dowell 1000 at Madras. British Formula Ford Winter Series Champion.
  • 1993-Won Formula Maruti in India.
  • 1992- Was a finalist in prestigious Pilote-Elf Competition for Formula Renault Cars.
Secret of his sucess Meditation, breathing exercises are of great help. Being aggressive but staying cool and absolutely in control.
Life style Living life out of a suitcase, staying away from home, missing his friends and his favourite foods.
About him “He’s very competitive and a super-quick driver. Sometimes he’s a little bit raw and wild in his style, but he is a proven race winner.” – Jordan sporting director Trevor Carlin
His dream which came true “To be the first Indian Formula One driver”
On hearing the news of his F1 racing “It’s a momentous day for me and it has indeed been a long journey”
Quote �I�ve got the hopes of a nation behind me so I�ve no choice but to succeed now.�

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