Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mexico: 35 Years Pedro Rodriguez remembered

Today it is 35 years since one of Latin America's best drivers, Mexico's Pedro Rodriguez died at the wheel of a Ferrari 512M in an Interseries Race in Germany.

With his younger brother, Ricardo, the two known in Mexico as the chamacos (the Kids) began driving barely in their teens in the intensely competetive Southern California sportscar scene, and quickly caught the eye of Ferrari distributor Luigi Chinneti, who put them in quality rides that would lead to Europe. Their father was a mysterious figure, attached to more than one Mexican president, who starting out as a motorcycle stunt rider and trainer, became a major PEMEX contractor and owned several auto dealerships, while financing his sons racing careers.

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