Pedro Rodriguez

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. Nassau 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: 1954

Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result
7.2.1954 Sidar Airfield   Porsche 356 Pedro Rodriguez   3rd

Year: 1956

Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result
11.6.1956 Sidar Airfield   Porsche 356A Carrera Pedro Rodriguez   ?th

Year: 1957

Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result
21.9.1957 Preliminary Riverside [Modified 1.5] 11 Porsche 550 In entry list only Ricardo Rodriguez 1st
22.9.1957 Riverside [FM+GM] 11 Porsche 550 In entry list only Ricardo Rodriguez 1st

Year: 1958

Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result
20.4.1958 San Salvador 17 Porsche 356 Pedro Rodriguez Roberto A. Reyes 4th
5.7.1958 12 h Reims   Porsche 356 Carrera Behra / Rodriguez   9th

Year: 1959

Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result
7.6.1959 1000 km Nürburgring 25 Porsche 356B Super 90 Rodriguez / Levine Porsche KG 13th

Year: 1970

Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result
1.2.1970 24 h Daytona 2 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen / Redman J. W. Engineering 1st
1.2.1970 24 h Daytona T Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen / Siffert J. W. Engineering T-car
21.3.1970 12 h Sebring 15 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen / Siffert J. W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. 4th
12.4.1970 1000 km Brands Hatch 10 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. 1st
12.4.1970 Le Mans Test 21 Porsche 917 In entry list only J. W. Automotive Engineering 15th
25.4.1970 1000 km Monza 7 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive Engineering 1st
3.5.1970 Targa Florio 40 Porsche 908/03 Kinnunen / Rodriguez J. W. Automotive Engineering 2nd
3.5.1970 Targa Florio 40T Porsche 908/03 Kinnunen / Rodriguez J. W. Automotive Engineering T-car
17.5.1970 1000 km Spa 25 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive Engineering DNF
17.5.1970 1000 km Spa 25T Porsche 917 Siffert / Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive Engineering T-car
31.5.1970 1000 km Nürburgring 21 Porsche 908/03 Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. DNF
31.5.1970 1000 km Nürburgring 51 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. DNA
14.6.1970 24 h Le Mans 21 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. DNF
28.6.1970 Interserie Norisring 44 Porsche 908/02 Pedro Rodriguez Sports Cars Broström 3rd
11.7.1970 6 h Watkins Glen 2 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive Engineering, Ltd. 1st
11.7.1970 6 h Watkins Glen 6 Porsche 917 Siffert / Kinnunen / Rodriguez J. W. Automotive Engineering T-car
12.7.1970 Can-Am Watkins Glen 2 Porsche 917 Pedro Rodriguez J. W. Automotive Engineering, Ltd. DNF
13.9.1970 500 km Imola 2 Porsche 917 Pedro Rodriguez J. W. Automotive DNF
11.10.1970 1000 km Zeltweg 22 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Kinnunen J. W. Automotive DNF
11.10.1970 1000 km Zeltweg T Porsche 917 Siffert / Kinnunen / Rodriguez J. W. Automotive T-car

Year: 1971

 

Date Race No. Car Drivers Entrant Result
10.1.1971 1000 km Buenos Aires 32 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver J. W. Automotive 2nd
31.1.1971 24 h Daytona 2 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver J. W. Automotive Engineering 1st
31.1.1971 24 h Daytona T Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver / Siffert / Bell J. W. Automotive Engineering T-car
20.3.1971 12 h Sebring 2 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver J. W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. 4th
4.4.1971 1000 km Brands Hatch 7 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver J. W. Automotive Engineering DNF
18.4.1971 Le Mans Test 17 Porsche 917 In entry list only J. W. Automotive Engineering 2nd
25.4.1971 1000 km Monza 2 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver J. W. Automotive 1st
9.5.1971 1000 km Spa 21 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver J. Wyer 1st
9.5.1971 1000 km Spa T Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver / Siffert / Bell J. W. Automotive T-car
16.5.1971 Targa Florio 4 Porsche 908/03 Rodriguez / Müller J. W. Automotive Engineering DNF
30.5.1971 1000 km Nürburgring 1 Porsche 908/03 Rodriguez / Siffert J. W. Automotive Engineering 2nd
6.6.1971 Interserie Zolder 26 BRM P167 Pedro Rodriguez British Racing Motor DNS
13.6.1971 24 h Le Mans 18 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Oliver J. W. Automotive Engineering DNF
27.6.1971 1000 km Zeltweg 16 Porsche 917 Rodriguez / Attwood J. W. Automotive 1st
27.6.1971 1000 km Zeltweg T Porsche 917 Bell / Attwood / Rodriguez J. W. Automotive T-car

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