Aguri Suzuki

Suzuki began racing karts in 1972, at the age of 12. In 1978 he won the Japanese kart championship and in 1979 made his debut in the Japanese F3 championship. He continued in karting and in 1981 was again Japanese Kart Champion. In 1983 he finished second in the All-Japan F3 series, driving a Hayashi-Toyota. He then turned to touring car racing and, driving for the Nissan factory team won the Japanese title in 1986. The same year he made his debut in Japanese F2 and drove in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1987 he finished runner-up in the Japanese F3000 series, winning one race (Suzuka). In 1988, driving a March-Yamaha he won the title with three wins (Fuji, Nishi-Nippon and Suzuka). He made his F1 debut in Japan with the Larrousse team and raced in European F3000 with the Footwork team. In 1989 he signed for Zakspeed-Yamaha but it was a disaster. For 1990 he switched to Larrousse and finished third at Suzuka. He remained at Larrousse in 1991 but then moved to the Footwork/Arrows team in 1992 and 1993. He missed most of the 1994 season but returned to action in 1995 sharing the second Ligier drive with Martin Brundle. At the end of the year he crashed heavily in qualifying for the Japanese GP and injured his neck and decided to retire from the sport. He later launched his own scheme to promote young Japanese drivers and in recent years has been involved in the establishment of Honda's Formula Dream in Japan. In 2003 he entered a team in the Indy Racing League in America.