japan Famous Racecar Drivers from Japan

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List of notable or famous racecar drivers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top racecar drivers born in Japan and even some popular racecar drivers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese racecar drivers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These racecar drivers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known racecar driver from Japan is included when available.

Masahiko Kondō and Takuma Sato are included on this list.

This historic racecar drivers from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese racecar drivers of note?" and "Who are the most famous racecar drivers from Japan?" These prominent racecar drivers of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese racecar drivers.

Use this list of renowned Japanese racecar drivers to discover some new racecar drivers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (43 items)
Aguri Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Japan
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Aguri Suzuki


Aguri Suzuki is a former racing driver from Japan. He participated in 88 Formula One Grands Prix, and his most notable achievement in racing was 3rd place at the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix. Suzuki then became involved in team ownership, with interests firstly in the Japanese Formula Nippon ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Profession: Race car driver

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Akira Iida


Akira Iida is a Japanese racing driver in the Super GT series, since 2002 affiliated with Toyota and Lexus. First driving in the series since 1994, Iida has won five races altogether and took one driver's title in 2002. Iida, who also drove Formula 3000 and Formula Nippon, is one of the presenters ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Japan

Profession: Race car driver

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Hayanari Shimoda


Hayanari Shimoda is a Japanese race car driver, born in Tokyo. His career started in 1997 in karting, Shimoda moving up to Italian Formula Renault in 2001. Happy to travel the world to further his career, he raced part of the 2002 Japanese GT Series and fill-in races in both Formula Renault 2000 ...more

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Age: 32

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Profession: Race car driver

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Hideki Mutoh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Japan
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Hideki Mutoh


Hideki Mutoh is a Japanese race car driver from Tokyo currently racing in Super GT. ...more

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Age: 33

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Profession: Race car driver

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Hideki Noda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Japan
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Hideki Noda


Hideki Noda is a professional racing driver from Japan. He participated in three Formula One Grands Prix, debuting in the 1994 European Grand Prix, but did not score any championship points. He replaced Yannick Dalmas in the Larrousse car for the last three Grands Prix of the season, but failed to ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Profession: Race car driver

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Hideshi Matsuda


Hideshi Matsuda, is a racecar driver and Japanese TV reporter. He has raced in several 24-hour races, including Daytona and LeMans. He also raced 4 times in the Indianapolis 500, in 1994-1996 and 1999, usually for Beck Motorsports. He also drove in one CART Championship Car race at Twin Ring Motegi ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Kōchi Prefecture, Japan

Profession: Race car driver

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Hiroshi Fushida


Hiroshi Fushida is a former racing driver from Japan. He unsuccessfully entered two Formula One Grands Prix with Maki, the first in The Netherlands in 1975 where a blown engine prevented him from starting, and the second at the British GP the same year, where he failed to qualify. He placed first in ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan

Profession: Race car driver

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Kamui Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from Japan
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Kamui Kobayashi is a Japanese professional racing driver who recently competed in Formula One for Caterham. He also previously competed in the GP2 Series, the GP2 Asia Series, the FIA World Endurance Championship and Formula One from 2009 to 2012. ...more

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Age: 30

Birthplace: Amagasaki, Japan

Profession: Race car driver

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