Today's Birthdays

one click shows all of today's celebrity birthdays

Browse All Birthdays

43,625    Actors
27,931    Actresses
4,867    Composers
7,058    Directors
842    Footballers
221    Racing drivers
925    Singers
9,111    Writers

Get FamousLikeMe on your website
One line of code gets FamousLikeMe on your website. Find out more.

Subscribe to Daily updates

Add to Google

privacy policy

Famous Like Me > Racing driver > Y > Alex Yoong

Profile of Alex Yoong on Famous Like Me

Name: Alex Yoong  
Also Know As:
Date of Birth: 20th July 1976
Place of Birth:
Profession: Racing driver
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
Alex Yoong driving for the Minardi Formula One team in 2002

Alex Yoong (熊龍, pinyin: Xióng Lóng, born July 20, 1976) is a Malaysian race car driver. Backed by the Malaysian lottery company Magnum he was given the chance to drive three Formula One races in 2001 for the Minardi team, debuting at the Italian GP. The deal was extended for the whole 2002 season, however after a good result of seventh in the Australian Grand Prix he struggled to be competitive. After failing to qualify for some races, he was replaced by Anthony Davidson for two mid-season races. Although his form did improve afterwards, his Formula One career ended at the close of season. He competed in 15 Formula 1 races with the best results of 7th in Australia and 10th in France.

Since that time, Yoong has struggled to remain visible in international motorsports. A promising start in the American Champcar series in 2003 (9th in Mexico), his season was cut short due to the team's lack of funds, and Yoong failed to impress in his few drives in the Australian V8 Supercar series in 2004. He has remained an enthusiastic promoter of motorsports in his home country however, and has been seen doing media and Formula 1 commentating work for Malaysian television and ESPN-Star. Currently he is the A1GP franchise seat holder for Malaysia and is expected to drive along with Fairuz Fauzy. He also co-presents Formula One live coverage at 8TV. He now drives for Malaysia in the new A1GP series.

  • Formula One firsts:
    • First ethnic Chinese Formula 1 driver
    • First Malaysian Formula 1 driver

This content from Wikipedia is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Alex Yoong