Kunimitsu Takahashi

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Kunimitsu Takahashi (Shinjitai: 高橋 国光, Takahashi Kunimitsu, born January 29, 1940 in Tokyo) is a Japanese former professional motorcycle road racer, racing driver, and current owner and team manager of Team Kunimitsu in Super GT. Nicknamed "Kuni-san", he is known as the "father of drifting". His racing career lasted from 1958 to 1999. He competed on motorcycles between 1958 and 1963, during which he became the first Japanese rider to win a World Grand Prix, taking four world-level wins in total. Injuries sustained in a crash in 1962 led to him switching to four-wheels in 1965, after which he has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in class, become a four-time All-Japan Sports Prototype Champion, and won in Japanese Top Formula, JTC and JGTC. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kunimitsu Takahashi has received more than 119,503 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Kunimitsu Takahashi is the 182nd most popular racing driver (up from 187th in 2019), the 852nd most popular biography from Japan (down from 747th in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Racing Driver.

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Among racing drivers, Kunimitsu Takahashi ranks 182 out of 888Before him are Kenny Roberts, Johnny Cecotto, Alejandro de Tomaso, Nanni Galli, Nello Pagani, and Guy Edwards. After him are Mark Webber, Luigi Taveri, Silvio Moser, Tony Brooks, Gijs van Lennep, and Hans-Joachim Stuck.

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Among people born in 1940, Kunimitsu Takahashi ranks 226Before him are Conny Plank, Quentin Skinner, John Mahoney, Nanni Galli, Robby Müller, and Jaime Roldós Aguilera. After him are Natalia Makarova, Aleksandr Ivanchenkov, Bruce Beresford, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Mohammed Magariaf, and Isdal Woman.

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Among people born in Japan, Kunimitsu Takahashi ranks 852 out of 5,560Before him are Osamu Dezaki (1943), Koichi Sugiyama (1931), Takashi Ono (1931), Ryōtarō Shiba (1923), Toshi Ichiyanagi (1933), and Nobuko Yoshiya (1896). After him are Ashikaga Yoshikazu (1407), Seki Matsunaga (1928), Keisuke Kinoshita (1912), Hiroshi Amano (1960), Morihiro Saito (1928), and Aritatsu Ogi (1942).


Among racing drivers born in Japan, Kunimitsu Takahashi ranks 1After him are Satoru Nakajima (1953), Aguri Suzuki (1960), Takuma Sato (1977), Masahiro Hasemi (1945), Ukyo Katayama (1963), Toshio Suzuki (1955), Kazuyoshi Hoshino (1947), Yuji Ide (1975), Hiroshi Fushida (1946), Kamui Kobayashi (1986), and Daijiro Kato (1976).