PANAJI: India’s racing sensation Jehan Daruvala says he is “extremely honoured” to be nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award. The 22-year-old FIA Formula 2 driver has been recommended by Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) for the annual National Sports Award.
Commenting on the development, Jehan said: “I’m extremely honoured to be nominated by the FMSCI for the prestigious Arjuna Award. It has been my pride to represent the country for the last 12 years on a global platform, and I’m humbled that my efforts have been recognised. I hope this inspires the younger generation to pursue their motorsport dreams.”
Part of the Red Bull Racing Junior team, Jehan was drawn to motorsport, aged nine.
“Nobody from my family has a background in motorsport, but I’ve been a fan of fast cars and speed ever since I can remember. I’d watch F1 with my family on the weekends and I soon began recreational karting with my dad. Even though I was just 9 years old, I knew instantly that this was what I wanted to do,” Jehan, who followed Fernando Alonso as his racing hero, is quoted as saying on www.redbull.com.