26 Facts About Narain Karthikeyan

1. Narain Karthikeyan took up the mantle of a business man by joining hands with Autocar's Chief Editor, Hormazd Sorabjee.

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2. Narain Karthikeyan won the 2nd race at Brands Hatch, Great Britain and finished 16th in the Championship on 288 points, taking part in six of the twelve race weekends.

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3. Narain Karthikeyan went on to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver Award for the 2010 season which was voted by the fans, becoming the first foreign-born driver to win the award.

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4. On 14 June 2009 Narain Karthikeyan dislocated his shoulder in a fall just before the start of the race.

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5. Narain Karthikeyan qualified the A1 Team India car in 7th place on the starting grid for the race.

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6. Narain Karthikeyan got pole in the feature race in Brands Hatch in 2008.

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7. Narain Karthikeyan is the first to take pole position for India in the A1GP.

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8. Narain Karthikeyan made his A1 GP debut in New Zealand and he finished 10th in the sprint race and 7th in the Feature Race.

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9. In 2005, Narain Karthikeyan tested an Indy Racing League car for Red Bull Cheever Racing team for the Indianapolis 500 race and was offered half a million US dollars as initial fee, but the deal was not completed.

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10. Narain Karthikeyan eventually dropped back and finished last in 18th.

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11. Narain Karthikeyan finished the season in 24th, with 0 points.

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12. Narain Karthikeyan retired in spectacular fashion on lap 9 in Abu Dhabi after his steering broke and he was rear-ended by Nico Rosberg.

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13. Narain Karthikeyan was running ahead of Pic and de la Rosa for quite some time until retiring with vibrations on lap 32.

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14. Narain Karthikeyan qualified in 24th at Suzuka, having crashed in practice and therefore having to use an old-spec chassis floor.

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15. Narain Karthikeyan finished the next 3 races as the final classified finisher before retiring in Hungary due to broken suspension.

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16. Narain Karthikeyan was India's only Formula One driver until the 2010 season, when Karun Chandhok signed to drive for the Hispania Racing F1 Team.

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17. Narain Karthikeyan was linked to a drive with the Super Aguri team in January 2008, as one of the terms of an Indian consortium investing in the team.

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18. Narain Karthikeyan was retained as a reserve test driver for Williams alongside Kazuki Nakajima in 2007.

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19. Narain Karthikeyan finished fourth, finishing ahead of the two Minardi drivers but behind teammate Monteiro.

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20. Narain Karthikeyan started 2001 in the Formula Nippon F3000 Championship, finishing the year amongst the top ten.

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21. Narain Karthikeyan competed in the Macau Grand Prix, qualifying in sixth position and finishing sixth in the second race.

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22. In 1998, Narain Karthikeyan made his debut in the British Formula 3 Championship with the Carlin Motorsport team.

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23. Narain Karthikeyan moved back to Britain in 1997 to compete in the British Formula Opel Championship with the Nemesis Motorsport team, taking a pole position and win at Donington Park and finishing sixth in the overall points standings.

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24. In 1995, Narain Karthikeyan graduated to the Formula Asia Championship for just four races.

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25. Narain Karthikeyan took part in the British Formula Ford Winter Series, and became the first Indian to win any championship in Europe.

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26. Narain Karthikeyan made his Formula One debut in 2005 with the Jordan team, and was a Williams F1 test driver in 2006 and 2007.

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