Life in the Fast Lane

Pasin Lathouras with some of his many racing trophies Pasin Lathouras is a business student at Webster University's campuses in Thailand and London. And he also drives for Team Ferrari on the track.

Bangkok, Thailand (Aug. 14, 2014) - 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 (and not just in the auto-obsessed United States).

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. Pasin’s introduction to the world of motor sports began at age 12, when he attended a friend’s birthday party where the featured activity was driving go-karts. One spin around the track and he was hooked. Fast forward eight years and Pasin, now 20, races GT3 road cars for Team Ferrari, achieving the title of Asia champion in 2013.

“It started more like a hobby,” Pasin said. “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.”

He caught on quickly. About a year after that birthday party, Pasin 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 Pasin 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 that are modified with spoilers to help them take corners faster and stripped-out interiors to reduce their weight.

Pasin LathourasIn Pasin’s opinion, the “cool factor” of racing these vehicles is off the charts. “The atmosphere of the race track is amazing,” he said. “Going at top speed is a real adrenaline rush. And the sound of the engines is something that you never get bored of hearing.” Typically, Pasin reaches top speeds of 240 to 250 kilometers an hour, which translates to around 150 mph. “That’s really fast for American standards.”

The 2014-2015 racing year will be Pasin’s third with Team Ferrari, but his first with its European division. To accommodate his new European racing schedule, Pasin recently transferred from Webster’s campus in Cha-am to the one at Regent’s College in London. “The process was so easy,” Pasin said. “Webster made it very simple and the location of the London campus is perfect, in the center of the city.”

As a business management major, Pasin is preparing himself for another endeavor that’s close to his heart. In a few years, Pasin 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 Pasin 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.”

To follow Pasin’s track record during the upcoming GT3 racing season, go to http://www.pasin-lathouras.com/.



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