Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan was born January 14, 1977. he is the first Formula One motor racing driver from India. He has previously participated in the Formula A1GP and Le Mans Series. He made his Formula One debut in 2005 with the Jordan team and was a WilliamsF1 test driver in 2006 and 2007.
Karthikeyan graduated to the Formula Asia Championship for just four races. But he showed pace immediately and was able to finish second in race at Shah Alam, Malaysia.
Karthikeyan made his debut in the British Formula Three championship with Carlin Motorsport team. Competing in only 10 laps, failed him two third places in the last two races of the season at Spa Francorchamps and Silverstone, to finish 12th whole. He continued in the championship for 1999, finishing on the podium five times, including two wins at Brands Hatch.