The Fastest Indian in The World, Narain Karthikeyan has been honored by the Government of India with Padma Shri Award, one of the highest civilian awards of India. This, in recognition of his enormous contribution in the sphere of motor sports. This is a great honor, not only for Narain himself, but also recognizes Indian Motorsport for the first time in history. Till date, only 2,255 people have been granted this distinct honor.
Here is what Narain Karthikeyan had to say after being bestowed with this honor,
I am deeply honored and humbled by the Government of India in receiving this award. It is truly a great day, not only in my life, but also in the life of Indian Motorsport. I have countless people to thank and credit for this achievement – first and foremost of which is my family, without whose unrelenting support, my career would not have taken the path it has. My sponsors, the Tata Group, Bharat Petroleum, JK Tyres and Amaron, who have supported me for so many years, as well as MRF Tyres, with whom I have recently entered into a partnership, have also been crucial to my success as a racing driver. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person at all of these companies who have supported and believed in me for so many years. Last, but not least, I owe a huge debt of thanks to all of my fans, who have cheered me on through all of my successes. I dedicate this award to all of them.
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