Narain Karthikeyan was born on 14 January 1977 in Tamil Nadu, India. He was the first Formula 1 driver from India. He gave his Formula One debut in 2005 with the Jordan team. In 2010 he participated in Safe Auto Insurance Company Toyota Tundra and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2013, he raced in the Auto GP series, securing 5 wins and 4 pole positions with Super Nova Racing.
In 2010, Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honor of Padma Shri.