Narain managed to finish his first practice at the 31st spot and the second practice at 21st. With Qualifying rained out, Nascar used something called Owner points (I’m assuming it’s equivalent of Team points in F1) to place him 11th.
All said and done, he managed to have a great debut. Although people have to get used to his name.
Here is the first report out after the race.
Narain Karthikeyan made history at Martinsville as he became the first driver born in India to make a NASCAR national series start. Karthikeyan was on the lead lap until Lap 200, when contact with Clay Greenfield sent the No. 60 around and Karthikeyan was unable to get it re-fired, dropping him a lap. Karthikeyan was able to get his lap back though, and finished 13th.
I’ve never been a big fan of Nascar, but as an Indian motorsports fan, I had to follow Narain’s progress and I was not disappointed.
From the sounds of it Narain will be doing a few more races this year.
Now if someone would educate him about good Chicken wings, I’d be happy.
Narain is also active on twitter @narainracing, make sure you follow him.