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Pedro Rodríguez (18 January 1940 – 11 July 1971) was a File:Flag of Mexico.svg Mexican Grand Prix motor racing driver. He was born in Mexico City and was the older brother of Ricardo Rodríguez. The two are sometimes referred to as "The Little Mexicans". The brothers both raced bicycles and motorcycles to become Mexican champions. Pedro was national champion in 1953 and 1954 in motorcycles. He made his international debut in cars at Nassau in 1957 in a Ferrari, along with Ricardo in a Porsche. He also competed in six Sprint Cup Series events in his career.

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NASCAR Career

Rodríguez debuted in 1959 at Trenton. Starting 10th in the eighteen-car field, Rodríguez completed 144 of the 150 laps in route to a shocking 6th place showing.

Rodríguez disappeared back to Mexico until 1963, when he returned to NASCAR to race at Daytona International Speedway in July. However, engine issues derailed him to 25th.

It took until 1965 for Rodríguez race again. Starting 12th in a forty-four car field at Charlotte, Rodríguez completed 391 of the 400 laps in route to a remarkable career-best 5th place showing.

In his final year of life, 1971, Rodríguez did his final three Cup events. Despite a poor 30th place in the qualifier event, Rodríguez made the pretigious Daytona 500 and was rewarded. Completing 194 of the 200 laps, he finished 12th. After that, however, he had a poor 47th place showing at Riverside International Raceway and never returned to the sport prior to his tragic death.

Career

He was just eighteen when US Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti dispatched them to Le Mans at the wheel of a Ferrari 500 TR Testa Rossa. Ricardo did not drive due to age, so Pedro partnered José Behra, brother of Jean Behra. He came back every year to Le Mans, fourteen times in total, where he won in 1968 with File:Flag of Belgium.svg Belgian driver Lucien Bianchi in a Ford GT40 of the Wyer–Gulf team.

In 1962, Ricardo died in a horrific accident while practising for the Mexican Grand Prix, and Pedro considered retiring from racing. However, in 1963 he won at Daytona International Speedway and took part in his first Grand Prix for Lotus in the USA and Mexico. He competed in F1 sporadically through 1966 with Ferrari and Lotus. Rodriguez won in only his his ninth GP, in South Africa in 1967, and became a permanent ficture in F1, racing for Cooper-Maserati in 1967, BRM in 1968, the private Parnell BRM team and Ferrari in 1969, and BRM in 1970 and 1971, achieving his second victory in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in 1970.

Rodríguez was considered the best driver of his era in the wet, and after many years racing for Ferrari in the World Championship of Makes (Sports Cars), he signed for the Wyer-Gulf-Porsche team in 1970. He became the two-time world champion driver in the fearsome Porsche 917. He developed into one of the sport's greatest all-rounders, racing CanAm, NASCAR, rallies and even becoming North American Ice Racing champion in 1970. In his NASCAR career, Rodríguez earned two top tens, including a 5th in the 1965 World 600

Rodríguez was killed in an Interserie sports car race at Norisring in Nuremberg, Germany, on 11 July 1971, at the wheel of a Ferrari 512M of Herbert Müller Racing, his Swiss friend and partner at the Targa Florio in 1971.

Personal

He always carried Tabasco sauce with him in order to enliven his food. He was married with Angelina in Mexico, although he had a girfriend in England, Glenda, with whom he lived in Bray in his latter years, but left no children.

Commemoration

The first hairpin at Daytona International Speedway (the right-hand hairpin) is named the Pedro Rodriguez curve, and the Mexico City autodrome, where F1, Champ Car and other series race is named for him and Ricardo: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

In July 2006, 35 years after his death, a bronze plaque was placed at the site of his crash in Nuremberg, a joint effort by the Scuderia Rodríguez (the family foundation) and the city authorities. The Scuderia keeps alive the memory of the Rodríguez brothers, Pedro and Ricardo, serving as Register for Rodríguez memorabilia and cars, and certifying them. Its Secretary General, Carlos Jalife, will publish the first volume of the Rodríguez biography in 2006, with the second to follow shortly.

Complete F1 Results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Team WDC Points
1963 Lotus MON
BEL
DUT
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
USA
ret
MEX
ret
SAF
Lotus NA 0
1964 Ferrari MON
DUT
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
USA
MEX
6
Ferrari 22nd 1
1965 Ferrari SAF
MON
BEL
FRA
GBR
DUT
GER
ITA
USA
5
MEX
7
Ferrari 14th 2
1966 Lotus MON
BEL
FRA
ret
GBR
DUT
GER
ITA
USA
ret
MEX
ret
Lotus NA 0
1967 Cooper SAF
1
MON
5
DUT
ret
BEL
9
FRA
6
GBR
5
GER
8
CAN
ITA
USA
MEX
6
Cooper 6th 15
1968 BRM SAF
ret
ESP
ret
MON
ret
BEL
2
DUT
3
FRA
NC
GBR
ret
GER
6
ITA
ret
CAN
3
USA
ret
MEX
4
BRM 6th 18
1969 BRM SAF
ret
ESP
ret
MON
ret
DUT
FRA
GBR
ret
GER
ITA
6
CAN
ret
USA
5
MEX
7
Ferrari 14th 3
1970 BRM SAF
9
ESP
WD
MON
6
BEL
1
DUT
10
FRA
ret
GBR
ret
GER
ret
AUT
4
ITA
ret
CAN
4
USA
2
MEX
6
BRM 7th 23
1971 BRM SAF
ret
ESP
4
MON
9
DUT
2
FRA
ret
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
BRM 10th 9

External links

  • History of Norisring races
  • GrandPrix.com
  • Fan Page
  • Career stats, courtesy GrandPrixStats.com
  • NASCAR stats

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