Pedro Rodríguez (racing driver)

Pedro Rodríguez
Pedro Rodríguez 1968 Nürburgring-1.jpg
Born(1940-01-18)18 January 1940
Mexico City, Mexico
Died11 July 1971(1971-07-11) (aged 31)
Nuremberg, West Germany
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityMexico Mexican
Active years19631971
TeamsFerrari, Lotus, Cooper, BRM
Career points71
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First entry1963 United States Grand Prix
First win1967 South African Grand Prix
Last win1970 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry1971 French Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
OSCA Automobili
SpA Ferrari SEFAC
John Wyer Automotive
Best finish1st (1968)
Class wins1 (1968)

Pedro Rodríguez de la Vega (18 January 1940 – 11 July 1971) was a Mexican Grand Prix motor racing driver. He was the older brother of Ricardo Rodríguez.

Personal life

Rodríguez was born in Mexico City, Mexico, the second son of the marriage of Pedro Natalio Rodríguez and Concepción De la Vega, he had an older sister, Conchita, and three younger brothers: Ricardo, Federico (stillborn) and Alejandro.

At 15, his father sent him to Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois in order to learn English and to develop more discipline.[1]

Rodríguez brothers raced bicycles and motorcycles, becoming Mexican national motorcycle champion in 1953 and 1954. He made his international debut in cars at Nassau in 1957 in a Ferrari.

He married Angelina (née Dammy), in Mexico in 1961, although he had a girlfriend in England, Glenda Foreman, with whom he lived in Bray on Thames in his latter years, but left no children.[citation needed]

Rodríguez always traveled with a Mexican flag and a record of the national anthem because when he won the 1967 South African GP the organizers did not have the Mexican anthem, and instead played the Mexican hat dance.[2][3]

Jo Ramírez was a very close friend to both Rodríguez as well as his younger brother Ricardo.

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