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Tony Kanaan 1974

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Tony Kanaan is a Brazilian racing driver of Lebanese descent. After starting racing in Brazil he moved to Italy. From there he went to America winning the Indy Lights Championship in 1997. He graduated to Champ cars and won the title in 2004 for Andretti Green.

Jonny Kane 1973

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Oswald Karch 1917 - 2009

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German F2 driver who raced a Veritas in the 1952 German Grand Prix.

Jerry Karl 1941 - 2008

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In a driving career spanning over thirty years he won numerous races and set and still holds a number of records in Midgets and Sprint cars. Between 1972 and 1975, he drove for the legendary Smokey Yunick, and qualified for the Indy 500 seven times.

Narain Karthikeyan 1977

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Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan is the first Indian Formula One driver. He made his debut in 2005 with the Jordan team. He is currently a Williams F1 test driver.

Ukyo Katayama 1963

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Ukyo Katayama was one of several Japanese drivers to try their hand at F1 without making a major impact. However, Katayama was popular in the paddock for his unshakeably sunny disposition and self-deprecating sense of humour.

Christian Kautz 1913 - 1948

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Ken Kavanagh 1923

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Very successful Norton and Moto-Guzzi motor cycle racer, who dabbled briefly in four-wheeled competition racing a Maserati 250F in 1958.

Hiroshi Kazato 1949 - 1974

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Hiroshi Kazato first made a name for himself racing in Japan then in F2 in Europe and Can-Am in the USA. He was killed in a crash at Fuji International Raceway in 1974.

Hal Keck 1931 - 2007

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Hal Keck mostly raced in club events but did share the GT class winning Cobra Daytona Coupe at the 1965 Daytona 24 Hour race with Jo Schlesser. He went on to win the A Production SCCA National Campionship that year in his Cobra.

Ray Keech 1900 - 1929

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He was a board and brick track racer in the 1920s. He is best remembered for winning the 1929 Indianapolis 500, and for setting a land speed record in the Triplex Spirit of Elkdom. This monster featured three 27-litre Liberty aero-engines! He died in a racing accident at the Altoona 200-Mile Race in...

Rupert Keegan 1955

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A Miami based Englishman who won the British F3 Champioship in 1976. He raced in 37 F1 Grand Prix between 1977 and 1982 driving for Hesketh, Surtees, Arrows, Williams and March. He spent two years trying to break into Indy cars before driving in the World Sports Car Championship for three years.

Eddie Keizan 1944

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Four time winner of the South African Saloon Car Championship, Keizan also won the 1972 F5000 title in his homeland. He drove in three World Championship Grand Prix, all in South Africa. He failed to score any points.

Al Keller 1920 - 1961

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Keller raced in NASCAR's Strictly Stock and Grand National series and in Champ Cars. He is the only driver in the history of NASCAR's Grand National series to win a race in a foreign car, the 1954 race at Linden Airport, New Jersey, driving a Jaguar XK120.

Curt Kelley 1948 - 1996

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Curt was a driver, a car owner, a mechanic, and an engine builder and though he never won any championships he was still winning races 10 year after he started. While preparing for one of the heats at Anderson Speedway he suffered a heart attack and died 11 days later.

Joe Kelly 1913 - 1993

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Joe was a larger-than-life motor dealer from Dublin, who raced in a number of Grand Prix with the last of Geoffrey Taylor's three GP Altas.

Tommy Kendall 1966

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Kendall is an American race car driver and television broadcaster, best known for his SCCA Trans-Am Series career.

Dave Kennedy 1953

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After winning a number of Formula Ford championships, he entered the Aurora F1 championship. Narrowly missing out on the title in 1979 he moved up to Formula 1 in 1980 with the Shadow team. Attempted and failed to qualify for seven races. He then joined the Mazda sports car team.

Mel Kenyon 1933

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A former midget car driver. He is known as the King of the Midgets, Miraculous Mel and the Champion of Midget Auto Racing! The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America says "Many consider him to be midget car racing's greatest driver ever."

Leonard Kerbs 1895 - 1960

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Leonard Kerbs was the elder statesmen of Mid-America dirt track auto racing.

Csaba Kesjár 1962 - 1988

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Had a F1 test drive with the now defunct Zakspeed Team. Had the potential to get into F1 but was killed in an F3 race at the Norisring .

Loris Kessel 1950 - 2010

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Loris Kessel was a Swiss racing driver who died in Montagnola in 2010 following a long illness. He participated in six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 2 May 1976. He scored no championship points. In 1976, he drove a Brabham for RAM and in 1977 he drove his own...

Bruce Kessler 1926

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Kessler was an American driver who shared a car in the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix with a certain B.Ecclestone! He went on to be involved in the trawler and television industries, even acting as a TV director for such notable shows as Knight Rider, The A Team and I Dream of Jeannie.

Glen Kidston 1899 - 1931

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W.O. Bentley described Glen Kidston as "a born adventurer." He was rough, tough, sharp and as fearless as Birkin. He was one of the four core members and perhaps the most wealthly of the infamous Bentley Boys of the late 1920s. 

Nicolas Kiesa 1978

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Isaac John Kilpatrick 1883 - 1919

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One of the smallest racing drivers arouind at the time, he drove relief for Louis Disbrow in the 1913 Indy 500.

Bill Kimberly 1933

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Bill Kimberly (of Kimberyl-Clark fame)is either confused with his uncle Jim Kimberly or his family name is misspelled. He rarely raced as a professional, though Kimberly drove a wonderful range of Maseratis for Briggs Cunningham. He also drove for the works Aston Martin team under John Wyer in 1963,...

Daniel Kinet 1884 - 1910

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Belgian Motor racer and holder of the first Belgian flying licence.

Rex King-Clark 1913 - 2007

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Lieutenant-Colonel Robert "Rex" King-Clark MBE MC was a British pilot, racer, photographer, author, and diarist.

Leo Kinnunen 1943

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A sports car specialist who won the 1970 International Championship of Makes and the Interserie Championships in 1971, 1972 and 1973. He had a brief foray into F1 with a Surtees TS16 but soon returned to the more familiar world of sports cars.

Chauncey Corydon Kinsley 1898 - 1925

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Chauncey Kinsley raced on the oval tracks of the USA in the early 1920's.

Andy Kirby 1961 - 2002

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Andy Kirby was born in White House, Tennessee and started racing motorcycles before switching to four wheels. He took three Nashville Speedway track championships (1994, 1996, and 1997). He was getting ready for Pikes Peak when he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Nashville.

Danny Kladis 1917 - 2009

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Midget auto racing legend.

Bobby Klass 1936 - 1967

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Tom Klausler 1945

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Former CART Championship Car and Can-Am driver.

Louis Klemantaski 1907 - 2001

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Famed racing photographer, born in Manchuria. He entered the Monte Carlo Rally three times and the Mille Miglia twice, finishing second in 1956.

Hans Klenk 1919 - 2009

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Raced an ex-Karl Kling Veritas in the 1952 German Grand Prix. Driving with Kling in a Mercedes they took second in the Mille Miglia, then won the Carrera Panamericana.

Christian Klien 1983

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Karl Kling 1910 - 2003

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Karl Kling was a member of the Mercedes racing team during the glorious Silver Arrow era after the Second World War. The legendary racing manager Alfred Neubauer brought him into the team as a works driver and Kling later became Neubauer's successor.

Ernst Klodwig 1903 - 1973

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Ernst Klodwig was an East German racing driver. He raced his rear engined special in nation F2 with some success. He made two German Grand Prix appearances in the West, 1952 and 1953, and has the distinction of being the first person to race a rear engined car in the World Championship.

Harry Knight 1889 - 1913

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Robert A Koehler 1921 - 2003

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The most successful driver in Chicago area racing history. Winner of over 500 main events in both midget and stock car racing competition, Koehler was an 11-time stock car champion at Raceway Park.

Robert Kohlrausch 1904 - 1953

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Primarily a hillclimb specialist, Bobby Kohlrausch raced for BMW and MG with great success before WWII. After the war he returned with a self built 500cc GvB eigenbau. He was killed in practice for the Schauinsland hillclimb in 1935.

Helmuth Koinigg 1948 - 1974

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Helmuth Koinigg was a highly-regarded young racing driver who was killed in the 1974 United States Grand Prix, It was only his second Grand Prix start.

Count Alexander Kolowrat 1886 - 1927

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Born in New York, Alexander returned to Austria-Hungary where he set up the first film studio in Vienna. A keen racing driver he once entered a midget as his riding mechanic to save weight.

Walter Komossa 1913 - 1987

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German F3 Champion in 1948, 1949 and 1951. Manufactured Scampolo cars with his partner, Walter Arnold.

Masahiko Kondo 1964

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Franz Konrad 1951

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Franz Konrad has won many sports car races. He is also head of Konrad Motorsport one of the most respected names in racing.

Willi Krakau 1911 - 1995

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A member of the German rowing team at the 1936 Summer Olympics, Krakau became the first German to enter an International event post WWII. With a reputation as a constructor of specials, he entered one World Championship race, the 1952 German Grand Prix. Driving his six-cylinder AFM car, he...

Bill Krause 1933

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Bill Krause started racing in midgets before pressure from his family switched him to raing sports cars. His mother thought open wheel racing was too dangerous and after a couple of accidents his father bought him a 3.4 liter D Type Jaguar in early 1956. In 27 races, he had 13 firsts, seven seconds,...

Charles Krebs 1931 - 2006

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Charles R. "Buddy" Krebs started racing in 1948 and was one of the all-time great Modified Drivers. He won an estimated total of 200 feature races, competing in the Modified, Sportsman, and Grand National races at tracks all over the Northeast.

Tracy Krohn 1954

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Tracy Krohn an entrepreneur and recent addition to the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans, is a driver and team owner competing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.

Jeff Krosnoff 1964 - 1996

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Jeff Krosnoff was one of the upcoming stars of Indy car. An experienced racer, coming into Indy from five years in the Japanese Formula 3000 series, and three LeMans 24 hour races (2nd overall 1994). He died from injuries sustained in a crash in the 1996 Toronto Molson-Indy car race in Toronto,...

Cory Kruseman 1970

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Peter Kuhn 1955 - 2009

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Peter Kuhn won both the USAC and SCCA Formula Super Vee championships in 1980 and ran a few races in CART in 1984.

Alan Kulwicki 1954 - 1993

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Alan Dennis Kulwicki, nicknamed 'Special K' or the 'Polish Prince', was an American NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing driver. He was killed in a plane crash returning from a promotional appearance at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the Hooters corporate jet.

Takuya Kurosawa 1962

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Japanese driver who was a test driver for Jordan before trying his hand in Indy cars. Had more success at home and returned to Japan in 2001 to race in donestic series.

Masami Kuwashima 1950

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A former racing driver from Japan. After some experience in the Japanese F2000, he made one attempt at Formula One which resulted in the shortest ever career at the top level.