Life in the Fast Lane
Pasin Lathouras, Walker Student
It’s a classic combination: adolescent boys, cars and speed. Those three things just seem to go together no matter where in the world one looks. That’s certainly the case for Thailand native and Webster student Pasin Lathouras, a business management major in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.
Lathouras’ introduction to the world of motor sports began at age 13 driving go-karts. One spin around the track and he was hooked. Fast-forward to today and he now races GT3 road cars for Team Ferrari, achieving the title of Asia champion in 2013.
“It started more like a hobby. On weekends, and pretty much every day during my summer breaks, I’d spend time with my dad going to the go-kart track. He never really had an opportunity to race, but he watched me and gave me tips on how to improve my driving.”
– Pasin Lathouras
He caught on quickly, and began racing go-karts in local races in Thailand and throughout Asia. He soon became the Thai go-karting champion and was able to represent his country at world finals events as far away as Italy and Egypt.
That success gave him the opportunity to make the move to bigger cars, bigger tracks and, naturally, a lot more speed. After starting with BMWs, he moved on to racing Ferrari road cars, which have top speeds of 240 to 250 kilometers an hour (around 150 mph).
The 2014-2015 racing year was his third with Team Ferrari, but his first with its European division. To accommodate his new European racing schedule, he transferred from Webster’s campus in Cha-am, Thailand to the one at Regent’s College in London.
As a business management major, he is preparing himself for another endeavor that’s close to his heart. In a few years, he will “take the wheel” of his family’s business, NaRaYa. Founded by his parents in 1989, the company has grown from an operation housed in a two-square-meter bazaar booth into a major manufacturer of fabric handbags and fabric-based accessories, with a total workforce of 4,000 employees.
Webster’s business classes also are helping him to successfully manage his professional auto-racing career. “There definitely is a connection,” he said. “In racing you get income from your sponsors. My classes have helped me with developing presentations to potential sponsors and with determining pricing levels for different branding sites.”