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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 Championship and the IRL in partnership with Mexican racer Adrian Fernandez. Most notably however, he was the owner of the Super Aguri F1 team, which participated in Formula One from 2006 to 2008. He is now the owner and chairman of Amlin Aguri team, racing in the newly established Formula E. ...more

Age: 57

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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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 in the Best Motoring series. Being experienced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Akira Iida did also participate in the 2008 24 Hours Nürburgring race as well as in VLN endurance races, winning his class twice with a Lexus LF-A. On August 31, 2011, Iida recorded a lap time of 7:14.64 in a fully road-legal Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This marked a new fastest time ...more

Age: 49

Birthplace: Japan

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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 Eurocup and British Formula Renault. A full season in Formula Renault V6 Eurocup followed in 2003, as well as a part season in the World Sportscar Championship and one race in the American Le Mans Series. He stayed in the V6 Eurocup in 2004, and was also set to drive in the Le Mans Endurance Series before complications prevented him from doing so. Shimoda was set to be the second driver for the ...more

Age: 33

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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

Age: 35

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan