DRIVERS: PEDRO RODRIGUEZ

Name: Pedro Rodriguez
Nationality: Mexico
Date of birth: January 18, 1940 - Mexico City
Date of death: July 11, 1971 - Norisring Circuit, Germany

Pedro was just 20 and his brother Ricardo two years younger when US Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti dispatched them to Le Mans at the wheel of a Ferrari 250 "Testa Rossa." There the Mexican kids put the fear of God into all their rivals and would have won the race had the car lasted. Thereafter, Pedro's international racing career blossomed in less spectacular style.

He hit the headlines in 1967 when he scored a lucky win in the South African GP driving a Cooper-Maserati, but it was for his exploits driving for BRM and the JW Gulf Porsche endurance team which really put him on the map three years later.

Just as he was developing into one of the sport's greatest all-rounders, he was killed in a minor league sports car race in Germany during the summer of 1971.

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