Pedro Rodriguez

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Birthday : 1940-01-18
Deceased : 1971-07-11

Biography Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro Rodriguez was born in Mexico City, January 18th 1940 in a family of 4 children.  He was the  son of a prosperous contractor. At the age of 12 Pedro’s racing career started when he raced an 125cc Adler motorcycle. From the early start, Pedro competed successfully in many speed events.

At 15 he was racing a Jaguar XK120. In these exploits he was joined by his younger brother Ricardo Rodriguez . First the activities happened without their parents knowing of Pedro’s and Ricardo’s passion. Later on the father Rodriguez helped his sons purchase and run a series of cars and motorcycles. After leaving school, Pedro started a Mercedes and Rootes dealership in Mexico City.

Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodriguez
Jo Siffert and Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro started racing for the North American Racing Team. Sebring 1957, Pedro raced a Ferrari at the age of 17. His brother Ricardo drove a Porsche in the same event.At 18 Rodríguez shared a Ferrari 500 TR at 24 Hours of Le Mans, entered by U.S. importer Luigi Chinetti. He teamed up with José Behra, brother of Jean Behra, as his co-driver. Every year Pedro Rodríguez returned   to Le Mans. So he had a record number of 14 entries  in total. He won in 1968, co-driving with Belgian Lucien Bianchi, sharing a Ford GT40 for the JW–Gulf team.

In 1962, after the deadly crash of his brother Ricardo in the Rob Walker’s Lotus-Climax 24 at the Mexican F1GP, the career of Pedro seemed in the balance as he suffered tremendously from the loss of his younger brother.However, motor racing was in his blood and vains and he continued in 1963, sharing 3rd place at Sebring with Graham Hill in a Ferrari.

Rodríguez was killed in an Interserie sports car race at Norisring in Nuremberg, Germany, on 11 July 1971. While he was driving for the lead, a slower car driven by Kurt Hild edged him into the wall and his prototype burst into flames. The Mexican died shortly after he was extracted from the wreck. Rodríguez was at the wheel of a Ferrari 512M of Herbert Müller Racing, his friend and teammate at the Targa Florio in 1971.

Sure thing is that Pedro Rodriguez, together with his brother Ricardo  made a great part of the Porsche motorsport in Mexico.

Pedro Rodriguez in Porsche
Year Race Team Car Pos. Co-driver
1970 24 Hours of Daytona John Wyer 917K 1 Kinnunen/Brian Redman
1970 12 Hours of Sebring John Wyer 917K 4 Leo Kinnunen/Jo Siffert
1970 1000km of Brands Hatch John Wyer 917K 1 Leo Kinnunen
1970 1000 km Monza John Wyer 917K 1 Leo Kinnunen
1970 Targa Florio John Wyer 908-3 2 Leo Kinnunen
1970 1000 km Spa John Wyer 917K Ret. Leo Kinnunen
1970 1000 km Nürburgring John Wyer 908-3 Ret. Leo Kinnunen
1970 24 Hours of Le Mans John Wyer 917K Ret. Leo Kinnunen
1970 6 Hours of Watkins Glen John Wyer 917K 1 Leo Kinnunen
1970 1000 km Zeltweg John Wyer 917K Ret. Leo Kinnunen
1971 1000 km of Buenos Aires John Wyer 917K Ret. Jackie Oliver
1971 24 Hours of Daytona John Wyer 917K 1 Jackie Oliver
1971 12 Hours of Sebring John Wyer 917K 4 Jackie Oliver
1971 1000 km Brands Hatch John Wyer 917K Ret. Jackie Oliver
1971 1000 km Monza John Wyer 917K 1 Jackie Oliver
1971 1000 km Spa John Wyer 917K 1 Jackie Oliver
1971 Targa Florio John Wyer 908-3 Ret. Herbert Müller
1971 1000 km Nürburgring< John Wyer 908-3 2 Jackie Oliver/Jo Siffert
1971 24 Hours of Le Mans >John Wyer 917LH 18 Jackie Oliver
1971 1000 km Zeltweg John Wyer <917K 1 Richard Attwood