PROFILE

Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan was born on January 14th, 1977 into an illustrious family renowned as much for its endeavours in education, enterprising businesses and philanthropic passion as it is on the racing circuit. Narain was quick to inherit the racing genes from his father Shri.G.R.Karthikeyan who was a former Indian National rally champion, winning the South India rally seven times.

Recognising his son’s love for the sport, Narain’s father had him enrolled into the prestigious Elf-Winfield School in France to undergo professional training. Since then, there has been no looking back for Narain.

Placing India on the world map of motorsport and called ‘The Fastest Indian in the World’ by Autosport (the world’s premier automotive racing magazine), Narain Karthikeyan continues to bring laurels to the country...

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has congratulated Narain Karthikeyan for winning the Feature Race in A1GP. Applauding Karthikeyan's victory, Dr. Singh said "He is a true representative of India's young spirit and he has set an example for the entire motorsports fraternity of India to follow."

Narain Karthikeyan featured among the 50 Most Admired People in India, according to a survey by ICMR & 4Ps Magazine. The Business Week issue commemorating the 60th year of Indian Independence listed Narain Kartikeyan as one of the 50 Most Powerful Indians.

Congress President - Ms. Sonia Gandhi congratulated Narain for his entry into F1. Our Indian President - Ms. Pratibha Patil felicitating Narain Karthikeyan for his feature race victory at the A1GP.

Narain Karthikeyan is back again to Formula 1 with HRT in 2011 that he has signed a deal to race for the team. The Indian driver says - “I've always maintained that my time in F1 was not over and now making good on that promise. I’m looking forward to racing for HRT and to working again with Dr. Colin Kolles. We have a long standing and excellent working relationship together."

Speaking to The Times of India about his drive, Karthikeyan said: "It's been a while in the making, but I am delighted to be racing again in Formula 1 in 2011. I have always maintained that I have not given up on my desire to return to the top level of motorsport. I am confident that I have the pace, the fitness and the will to succeed in Formula 1. I am extremely grateful to the Tata Group, without whose unwavering support this comeback would not have been possible.

Karthikeyan's return to F1 coincides with the first Indian Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place in October 2011.

TIMELINE

Year Event
2011 Formula 1 World Championship, Team HRT
2010 Superleague Formula - PSV Eindhoven, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Starbeast Motorsports, Wyler Racing
2009 A1 GP World Championship A1 Team
2008 A1 GP World Championship A1 Team
2007 A1 GP World Championship A1 Team India
2006 Formula One World Championship Williams F1
2005 Formula 1 World Championship, Team Jordan
2004 World Series by Nissan
2003 World Series by Nissan
2002 Formula Nissan World Series
2001 Formula Nippon
2000 British Formula 3
1999 British Formula 3
1998 British Formula 3
1997 British Formula 3 Vauxhall
1996 Formula Asia
1995 Formula Asia
1994 British Formula Ford Winter Series
1993 Indian Formula Maruti + British Formula Vauxhall Junior
1992 ELF Winfield Racing School

TEAMS

Carlin Motorsport, RC Motorsport, Team Impul, Williams F1 Team, Jordan Toyota

CHAMPIONSHIPS

British Formula 3, Formula Nippon, Formula Nissan (now merged as Formula Renault)