Good Sports: Indian Team Qualifies for 24 Hours of Le Mans
Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first Formula One driver, completed in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2009, along with two European co-drivers. This August, he will return to the race with compatriots Arjun Maini and Naveen Rao as co-drivers, making them the first all-Indian team to race in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, it has been held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France.
Racing Team India, led by 44-year-old Karthikeyan, will compete in the LMP2-AM category of the race.
“This is a proud moment not just for our team, but for our nation as a whole,” Karthikeyan said. “Racing at Le Mans with an Indian team is a dream I have nurtured since 2009 when I first visited the Circuit de la Sarthe. It’s been a long time coming but finally we’re all set to put Indian motorsport on the global endurance racing map.”
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