Meet the Lebanese-Brazilian IMSA Sportscar Champion and F1 Driver

Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr was born in Brasilia, the Federal Capital of Brazil, on August 21, 1992. Nasr is of Lebanese descent from his Grandfather’s side.


According to an interview with the F1 Driver by The National in 2014, Nasr’s Lebanese roots run deep. His grandfather was born in Lebanon and immigrated to Brazil in the 1960s, Nasr told The National. He said that his grandfather cooked Lebanese meals for the family every Saturday and that he feels just as Lebanese as he feels Brazilian.

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His grandfather, he said, arrived in Brazil from Lebanon to start a new life. “He took a ship from Lebanon to Brazil, so it was nearly three months overseas to come to Brazil and then he started a family,” Nasr said of his grandfather’s journey.


The family settled near Brasilia, in a small city called Annapolis. His grandfather became involved in a range of business ventures to provide for his family in his new country.

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Though in his early twenties, Luis has already been racing for more than a decade, and success has accompanied him nearly every step of the way. Born into a racing family, his life has been dedicated to the sport.


While still a teenager, he moved to Europe in order to compete in racing and spent the following years establishing himself as one of its brightest young stars. 

He spent his formative years racing karts in his homeland, racking up an erray of national titles by the tender age of 15. That success prompted a switch into single-seaters, with Nasr moving into Formula BMW Americas for the 2008 season finale at Interlagos. Nasr would go on to finish fifth and third in the two races.

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After that introduction, Nasr moved into Formula BMW Europe for 2009 and was met with immediate success. A victory and one Second Place in the opening round thrust him into a championship lead a lead he would upkeep almost consistently throughout the season on his way to the title.

The following year, he switched into British F3, winning once and taking four podiums overall. Having conquered F3 in 2012, he finished on the podium in the prestigious Daytona 24 Hours. By early 2015, he landed his first F1 race seat. 

As of 2019, Nasr is the current IMSA Sportscar Champion and has won the 2019 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts!