Pedro Rodríguez (racing driver)

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Pedro Rodríguez
Pedro Rodriguez 1968 Nurburgring-1.jpg
Rodríguez at 1968 German Grand Prix
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
Nationality Flag of Mexico.svg Mexican
Active years 19631971
Teams Ferrari, Lotus, Cooper, BRM
Entries54
Championships 0
Wins 2
Podiums7
Career points71
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First entry 1963 United States Grand Prix
First win 1967 South African Grand Prix
Last win 1970 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry 1971 French Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 19581971
Teams NART
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. His most notable successes were in Formula One, where he won the 1967 South African Grand Prix driving a Cooper-Maserati and the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix in a BRM, and in the World Sportscar Championship where he was a principal Porsche factory driver in winning both the 1970 and 1971 titles. He was killed on 11 July 1971 while competing in a Ferrari during an Interserie sports car race in Nuremberg, West Germany.

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Personal life

Rodríguez was born in Mexico City, Mexico, the second son 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]

The 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.

Career

Rodriguez in his BRM P133 during the 1968 German Grand Prix. Rodriguez, Pedro - BRM 1968.jpg
Rodríguez in his BRM P133 during the 1968 German Grand Prix.

Rodríguez began racing with bicycles at eight years old. [4] He was a class winner in the Mexican Championship by 1950. He started racing a 125 cc (7.6 cu in) Adler motorcycle, winning Mexico's national championship in 1952 and 1954. [5] In 1952, he entered a rally in a Ford, but achieved little. [5] He returned to racing full-time in 1955, at 15, entering a Jaguar XK120 or Porsche 1600S in local contests. [5]

At the end of 1957, Rodríguez (who had been driving a Chevrolet Corvette in Mexico) and his brother entered the Nassau Speed Week competition, where the wild-driving elder brother wrecked his Ferrari 500 TR. [5]

The 18-year-old Rodríguez shared a 500 TR at Le Mans, entered by U.S. importer Luigi Chinetti, with José Behra, brother of Jean Behra, as his co-driver; the car did not finish, after a radiator hose puncture. [5] Rodríguez came back every year to Le Mans, fourteen times in total, and won in 1968, co-driving with Belgian Lucien Bianchi, sharing a Ford GT40 for the JWGulf team.

At the Rheims 12-hours in 1958, Rodríguez and Behra placed second in class (eighth overall) in their Porsche Carrera, while Rodríguez came second in a Ferrari 250 TR at Nassau at the end of the season. [5]

Rodríguez went to Europe to race starting in 1959, sharing a Porsche 1600 S with Leo Levine at the Nurbürgring 1000 km, which came in second in class (thirteenth overall). [5] He shared a 750 cc (46 cu in) O.S.C.A. with his brother for Le Mans, which broke. [5]

At Cuba's 1960 Liberty Grand Prix, Rodríguez's 250TR followed Stirling Moss's winning Maserati Tipo 61 home, in second. [5] At Sebring, his Dino 196 S failed to finish. [6] Rodríguez claimed seventh at the 1960 Targa Florio, again in the 196 S, which spent time off the pavement as well as on. [5] He retired from that year's Nürburgring 1000 km, and from Le Mans. [5]

In 1961, Rodríguez entered Formula Junior. [5] He returned also to Sebring, sharing a 250TR with his brother which suffered electrical trouble and came third. [5] The duo also failed to finish that year's Targa Florio or Nur 1000 km, but did win the Paris 1000 km. [5] An ongoing duel with the works Ferraris at Le Mans, which ultimately resulted in engine failure only two hours from the end, attracted the attention of Enzo Ferrari, who offered them Formula One rides with his team. [5] Pedro declined, having "a motor business in Mexico City to run". [5]

Despite his refusal, Rodríguez kept racing, and in 1962 entered at Sebring, the Nurb, and Le Mans, but failed to finish each time. [5] He won at Bridgehampton, in a Ferrari 330 TRI/LM, and shared a 250 GTO with his brother to win the Paris 1000 km, the second year in a row. [5]

After Ferrari refused to enter the 1962 Mexican Grand Prix, the first to be held in Mexico, Rogriguez and his younger brother both found rides of their own. After his brother was killed in a horrific accident in practice, Rodríguez withdrew. [5] He considered retiring from racing. However, in 1963 he won the Daytona Continental in a 250GTO entered by North American Racing Team. [5] He came third at Sebring, sharing a 330TR/LM with Graham Hill. [7] He failed to qualify at Indianapolis, in an Aston Martin-powered Cooper T54, but took part in his first Grands Prix in the works Lotus at Watkins Glen and Magdalena Mixhuca. Rodríguez failed to finish both times. [8]

For 1964, he again won the Daytona Continental, as well as the sports car Canadian Grand Prix, was second at the Paris 1000 km, and third in the Bahamas Tourist Trophy. [8] In single-seater racing, he recorded a sixth in the Ferrari 156 at Mexico. [8]

In 1965, his Lotus 33-Climax was fourth at the Daily Express Silverstone Trophy, fifth at the U.S. Grand Prix and seventh in the Mexican Grand Prix in a Ferrari. [8] He won the Rheims 12-Hours in a Ferrari 365 P2 he shared with Jean Guichet, and scored a third at the Candadian Sports Car Grand Prix. [8]

He stood in for Jim Clark with Lotus at the 1966 French and Mexican Grands Prix, falling out of fourth with oil system failure in the first and third with transmission trouble in the second. [8] He also deputized for Clark in the Formula Two event at Rouen. [8]

At the start of the 1967 season, Rodríguez won in only his ninth Grand Prix, at Kyalami. [9] Cooper manager Roy Salvadori allowed Rodríguez to drive the practice car, over the objections of teammate Jochen Rindt, who had demanded Rodríguez's car, with strong support from Rindt's close friend Jackie Stewart. Rodríguez's smooth, consistent driving earned him victory after Denny Hulme had had a lengthy pit stop and local privateer John Love's Tasman Cooper needed a late fuel stop. Rindt, by contrast, retired the other Cooper-Maserati after 38 laps. Rodríguez drove a controlled season in 1967 as No. 2 to Rindt. Though usually slower than his teammate, he built up experience in the older and heavier T81, while Rindt was given the improved T81B and later the brand new T86. [10] [ clarification needed ] A mid-season accident in a Protos-Ford, at the Formula Two event at Enna, sidelined him for three Grands Prix. [8] Rodríguez was only marginally slower than Rindt in the Dutch Grand Prix, [11] also the only other race in the season where the Coopers were competitive.

Rodriguez at the 1968 Dutch Grand Prix Rodriguez at 1968 Dutch Grand Prix.jpg
Rodríguez at the 1968 Dutch Grand Prix

His performance at Zandvoort earned Rodríguez a better drive with, BRM in 1968. [12] Rodríguez proved himself excellent in the wet at Zandvoort and Rouen where he got his only fastest lap in F1 during the French GP. [13] Lack of power meant he had to settle for second behind Bruce McLaren in Belgian GP at Spa. [14] [15]

The BRM P133 faded through the year from lack of testing time after the death of Mike Spence, who team's owners favoured.[ citation needed ] Nevertheless, Rodríguez led the Spanish Grand Prix from Chris Amon for 28 laps until he made a mistake and spun off. [16] At the end of the year, despite Rodríguez's good performances, BRM team manager Sir Louis Stanley released Rodríguez to the Parnell BRM privateer team for.

The Reg Parnell Racing BRMs proved to have hopeless engines, and after Monaco, [17] Rodríguez left and signed for Ferrari for the remainder of the 1969 Grand Prix and sports car series.

Pedro Rodriguez, 20 June 1971 Noord-Holland, Zandvoort Trefwoorden Pedro Rodriguez, Bestanddeelnr 924-6667.jpg
Pedro Rodríguez, 20 June 1971 Noord-Holland, Zandvoort Trefwoorden

Reentering F1 in the British Grand Prix, [18] Rodríguez matched teammate Amon's pace in practice and led Amon by a whisker in the race. The uncompetitive 312s ran midfield until Rodríguez's car broke and Amon's engine blew for the second race in a row. Given the hopelessness of the 312 V12, the frustration of his drivers, and the slow progress with getting the new flat-12 F1 car ready, Enzo Ferrari would rather have run two Italian drivers for the rest of the season, but the Brambilla brothers, Vittorio and Ernesto, proved too slow. So, Ferrari ran Rodríguez in the last four races of the season, in NART American racing colours for the North American races, but still, effectively, as a Ferrari works team. In the underpowered car, Rodríguez managed a fourth in 1968; [19] sixth in 1964, [20] 1967 [21] and 1970; [22] and seventh in 1965 [23] and 1969; [22] places in his six home races in Mexico, but Ferrari didn't offer him a ride for 1970.

BRM only offered him a ride in 1970 after John Surtees decided to leave to set up his own team at the last minute. For most of 1970, Stanley clearly favoured Jackie Oliver as number one driver, perhaps partly in response to Stewart's opinion of Rodríguez and possibly because of his "old-boys' club" of Englishmen at the team.[ citation needed ] At Spa, Rodríguez won with his BRM P153 over the new March of Chris Amon by just 1.1 seconds and with an average speed of 149.94 mph (241.31 km/h), then the highest average speed in the history of F1, [24] Jean-Pierre Beltoise got the third place in Matra. [25]

The power of the V12 engines was particularly suited to the fast circuits with few really slow corners, such as Spa, Monza, and to a degree Brands and Nürburgring, and that was usually the case with the BRM, Matra, and Weslake engined cars. A strong drive at St Jovite saw him finish 4th. Only the need to pit in the last laps for fuel robbed him of a victory at Watkins Glen, the highest paying event of the year at the time, US$50,000. [26] [ clarification needed ] The winner was Emerson Fittipaldi, who got the first victory of his career in F1. [27]

After many years racing for Ferrari in the World Championship of Makes for sports cars, he signed for JW-Gulf-Porsche in 1970. He became two-time [28] world champion driver in the fearsome Porsche 917 together with his co-driver Leo Kinnunen (the sportscars series was run by teams in shifts). [29] [30]

Rodríguez developed into one of the sport's great all-rounders, racing CanAm, NASCAR, rallies and even becoming North American Ice Racing champion in 1970, invited by the Alaska Sports Car Club from Anchorage, the race was in Sand Lake.

Rodríguez debuted in NASCAR at Trenton Speedway in 1959, finishing 6th. At the 1963 Firecracker 400 he qualified 9th but retired after an engine failure. The Mexican finished 5th in the 1965 World 600, his best result. At the 1971 Daytona 500 he finished 13th. His last NASCAR race was Miller High Life 500, where he retired early with electrical issues [31]

Rodríguez drove a Ferrari 312 P Coupé in the CanAm round of Bridgehampton in 1969, finishing 5th. In 1970 he finished 3rd at Riverside and 5th at Laguna Seca Raceway with a factory BRM P154.

The 1971 Formula One season could have seen him as a championship contender, with a BRM P160 being prepared by Tony Southgate, and for once BRM had consistently good engines. BRM, however, was overextended, trying to run three, and later four, cars. Rodríguez challenged Jacky Ickx magnificently in the rain during the Dutch Grand Prix, and only just failed to win. [32] [33]

Replica of a Ford GT40 with #9 from Rodriguez and Bianchi winners of the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford GT40 (39430889701).jpg
Replica of a Ford GT40 with #9 from Rodríguez and Bianchi winners of the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Death

Rodríguez was killed in an Interserie sports car race at Norisring in Nuremberg, West Germany, on 11 July 1971. A contemporary source reported that trackside photographers noticed his right front tyre coming away from the rim under heavy braking for the sharp s-bend as early as the 10th lap. On lap 12, the tyre came off completely, sending the car into a wall before rebounding across the track and catching fire. [34] Other sources state that 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. He died shortly after he was extracted from the wreck. [35] Rodríguez was at the wheel of a Ferrari 512M of Herbert Müller Racing, his friend and teammate at the Targa Florio in 1971.

Legacy

Rodríguez was considered the best driver of his era in the wet. [36] [37] Along with Jo Siffert, he was considered the bravest driver in motorsport, an example of this being the two touching through the then-very narrow and very dangerous Eau Rouge corner in the rain in their 917s at the start of the 1970 1000km of Spa-Francorchamps.

In 2016, in an academic paper that reported a mathematical modeling study that assessed the relative influence of driver and machine, Rodríguez was ranked the 24th-best Formula One driver of all time. [38]

After winning the LMP2 class at the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first class victory for a Mexican driver since Rodríguez, Ricardo González recognized Rodríguez as his hero. [39] [40]

Commemoration

Rodriguez at the 1971 French GP (photograph taken seven days before his death) PedroRodriguez-a.jpg
Rodríguez at the 1971 French GP (photograph taken seven days before his death)

The first hairpin at Daytona International Speedway (the right-hand hairpin) is named the Pedro Rodríguez curve.[ citation needed ] In 1973 the Mexico City race track Magdalena Mixuhca, where F1, Champ Car, NASCAR and other series race was renamed for him and Ricardo: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (Autodrome Brothers Rodríguez).

In July 2006, a bronze plaque was placed at the site of his crash in Nuremberg, a joint effort by Scuderia Rodríguez (the friends and family foundation) and the city authorities. [41] [42] The Scuderia keeps alive the memory of both Rodríguez brothers, serving as register for Rodríguez memorabilia and cars, and certifying them. Its Secretary General, Carlos Jalife, published the Rodríguez brothers' biography in December 2006, with an English translation ready for sale [43] [44] in United States, Canada, and England which won the Motor Press Guild Book of the Year award in 2009. [45]

Racing record

Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine12345678910111213WDCPts.
1963 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax V8 MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
RSA NC0
1964 North American Racing Team Ferrari 156 Aero Ferrari V6 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA MEX
6
22nd1
1965 North American Racing Team Ferrari 1512 Ferrari V12 RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA
5
MEX
7
14th2
1966 Team Lotus Lotus 33 Climax V8 MON BEL FRA
Ret
GBR NED MEX
Ret
NC0
BRM V8 USA
Ret
Lotus F2 44 Cosworth Straight-4 GER
Ret
ITA
1967 Cooper Car Company Cooper T81 Maserati V12 RSA
1
MON
5
NED
Ret
BEL
9
FRA
6
GBR
5
GER
11
CAN ITA USA MEX
6
6th15
1968 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P126 BRM V12 RSA
Ret
6th18
BRM P133 ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
BEL
2
NED
3
FRA
NC
GBR
Ret
GER
6
CAN
3
USA
Ret
MEX
4
BRM P138 ITA
Ret
1969 Reg Parnell Racing BRM P126 BRM V12 RSA
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
14th3
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312 Ferrari V12 NED
DNA
FRA GBR
Ret
GER ITA
6
North American Racing Team CAN
Ret
USA
5
MEX
7
1970 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P153 BRM V12 RSA
9
7th23
Yardley Team BRM ESP
Ret
MON
6
BEL
1
NED
10
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
4
ITA
Ret
CAN
4
USA
2
MEX
6
1971 Yardley Team BRM BRM P160 BRM V12 RSA
Ret
ESP
4
MON
9
NED
2
FRA
Ret
GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 10th9

Formula One Non-Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine12345678
1965 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax V8 ROC SYR SMT INT
4
MED RAN
1967 Cooper Car Company Cooper T81 Maserati V12 ROC
4
SPC INT SYR OUL ESP
1968 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P133 BRM V12 ROC
2
INT
Ret
Reg Parnell Racing BRM P126 OUL
4
1969 Reg Parnell Racing BRM P126 BRM V12 ROC
Ret
INT
8
MAD OUL
1971 Yardley Team BRM BRM P160 BRM V12 ARG ROC QUE
10
SPR
1
INT
4
RIN OUL VIC

Pedro Rodríguez at Ferrari

1962 Le Mans-winning Ferrari 330 TRI-LM, bought by the Rodriguezes through NART. Rodriguez raced several times in it. Ferrari 330 TRI-LM 1962 red vr TCE.jpg
1962 Le Mans-winning Ferrari 330 TRI-LM, bought by the Rodríguezes through NART. Rodríguez raced several times in it.
YearRaceTeamChassisPositionCo-Driver
1957 Nassau Trophy NART 500 TRRetSolo
Governor's TrophyNART500 TR9Solo
1958Ferrari Classic 24 Hours of Le Mans 500 TR5José Behra
Governor's TrophyNARTTR 584Solo
Ferrari ClassicNARTTR582ndSolo
Nassau TrophyNARTTR 582ndSolo
1959II Circuito del MoralNARTTR 582ndSolo
12 Hours of Sebring NARTTR58Ret.Paul O'Shea
1000 km DaytonaNARTTR58DNS
VII Circuito AvándaroNART58TR8Solo
Kiwanis GP RiversideNART250 TRRetSolo
Governor's TrophyNARTTR593rdSolo
Nassau TrophyNARTTR5913Solo
1960 Cuban GP NARTTR592ndSolo
12 Hours of Sebring NART Dino 196 S Ret Ricardo Rodríguez
Targa Florio NARTDino 196 S7/3 Sport-2Ricardo Rodríguez
1000 km Nürburgring NARTDino 196 SRetRicardo Rodríguez
24 Hours of Le Mans NARTTRI60Ret Ludovico Scarfiotti
Governor's TrophyNARTTR59/60RetSolo
Nassau TrophyNARTTR59/602ndRicardo Rodríguez
1961 12 Hours of Sebring NARTTR59/603rdRicardo Rodríguez
1000 km Nürburgring NARTTRI/602ndRicardo Rodríguez
24 Hours of Le Mans NARTTRI/61RetRicardo Rodríguez
I GP Independencia250 GT Cal1stSolo
GP Canada SportNARTTRI/612ndSolo
1000 km Montlhéry NART250 GT SWB1stRicardo Rodríguez
Governor's TrophyNARTTRI/611stSolo
Nassau TrophyNARTTRI/613rdSolo
1962 12 Hours of Sebring NART246 SPRetRicardo Rodríguez
12 Hours of Sebring NART Dino 246 S RetGrossman x Connell
1000 km Nürburgring NART268 SP2ndRicardo Rodríguez
24 Hours of Le Mans SpA Ferrari SEFAC 246 SPRetRicardo Rodríguez
Double 400 Bridgehampton NART 330 TRI/LM 1stSolo
GP Canada SportNART330 TRI/LM2ndSolo
1000 km MontlhéryNART 250 GTO 1stRicardo Rodríguez
1963Continental 3 Hours of DaytonaNART 250 GTO 1stSolo
12 Hours of Sebring NART330 TRI/LM3rd Graham Hill
24 Hours of Le Mans NART330 TRI/LMRet Roger Penske
Governor's TrophyNART 250 P 2ndSolo
Nassau TrophyNART250 P2ndSolo
1964CC 250 M DaytonaNART 250 LM RetSolo
Continental 2000 km DaytonaNART250 GTO1st Phil Hill
12 Hours of Sebring NART 330 P Ret lap 40 John Fulp
12 Hours of Sebring 250 GTO7 David Piper/Mike Gammino
24 Hours of Le Mans NART330 PRetS. Hudson
12 Hours of Reims NART250 GTO11 Nino Vaccarella
Player's QuebecNART 275 P 1stSolo
Double 500 Bridgehampton NART275 P2ndSolo
GP Canada SportNART330 P1stSolo
1000 km MontlhéryNART250 GTO2nd Jo Schlesser
GT+22 Oakes FieldNART250 GTO7/1 classSolo
Nassau Tourist TrophyNART250 GTO6/1 classSolo
Governor's TrophyNART330 P4/1 classSolo
Nassau ThophyNART330 GTO3/2 classSolo
1965Continental 2000 km DaytonaNART 330 P2 Ret John Surtees
Continental 2000 km DaytonaNART275 PRetHansgen
12 Hours of Sebring NART330 PRetGraham Hill
24 Hours of Le Mans NART365 P27/1 class Nino Vacarella
12 Hours of Reims NART365 P21st Jean Guichet
Double 500 Bridghampton NART250 GTO2/1 classSolo
GP Canada SportNART365 P23rdSolo
1966 24 Hours of Daytona NART365 P24 Mario Andretti
12 Hours of Sebring NART365 P2RetMario Andretti
1000 km Nürburgring NART Dino 206 S 3rd Richie Ginther
24 Hours of Le Mans NART330 P3RetRichie Ginther
200 M Bridgehampton NARTDino 206 SRetSolo
200 M Laguna Seca NARTDino 206 S18Solo
Governor's TrophyNART275 GTB/C7/1 classSolo
Nassau TrophyNARTDino 206 S7/1 classSolo
1967 24 Hours of Daytona NART412 P3rdJean Guichet
12 Hours of Sebring NART206 SRetJean Guichet
1000 km Monza NART412 PRetJean Guichet
24 Hours of Le Mans NART 412 P Ret Giancarlo Baghetti
12 Hours of Reims NARTDino 206 SRetJean Guichet
1968 24 Hours of Daytona NARTDino 206 SRetKold
Brands Hatch GPNART275 ML5Pierpoint
1969 12 Hours of Sebring NART330 P3RetParsons
6 Hours of Brands HatchNART312 P4 Chris Amon
1000 km Monza NART312 PRetSchetty
1000 km Spa NART312 P2nd David Piper
1000 km Nürburgring NART312 P5Chris Amon
24 Hours of Le Mans NART312 PRetDavid Piper
200 M Bridgehampton NART312 P5Solo
1970 200 M Mid Ohio NART512 S11Solo
200 M Elkhart LakeNART512 P7Solo
1971 200 miles of Norisring Private 512 M DiedSolo

Pedro Rodríguez at Porsche

Pedro Rodriguez won the World Champion of Makes in 1970 and 1970 World in this Porsche 917 Porsche Gulf 917 4.9 KH Coupe 1970 frontleft 2009-03-14 A.JPG
Pedro Rodríguez won the World Champion of Makes in 1970 and 1970 World in this Porsche 917
YearRaceTeamChassisPositionCo-Driver
1970 24 Hours of Daytona John Wyer 917K 1st Kinnunen/Redman
12 Hours of Sebring John Wyer917K4Kinnunen/ Siffert
1000km of Brands Hatch John Wyer917K1st Leo Kinnunen
1000 km Monza John Wyer917K1stLeo Kinnunen
Targa Florio John Wyer 908-3 2ndLeo Kinnunen
1000 km Spa John Wyer917KRetLeo Kinnunen
1000 km Nürburgring John Wyer908-3RetLeo Kinnunen
24 Hours of Le Mans John Wyer917KRetLeo Kinnunen
6 Hours of Watkins Glen John Wyer917K1stLeo Kinnunen
1000 km Zeltweg John Wyer917KRetLeo Kinnunen
1971 1000 km of Buenos Aires John Wyer917KRet Jackie Oliver
24 Hours of Daytona John Wyer917K1stJackie Oliver
12 Hours of Sebring John Wyer917K4Jackie Oliver
1000 km Brands Hatch John Wyer917KRetJackie Oliver
1000 km Monza John Wyer917K1stJackie Oliver
1000 km Spa John Wyer917K1stJackie Oliver
Targa Florio John Wyer908-3Ret Herbert Müller
1000 km Nürburgring John Wyer908-32ndOliver/Siffert
24 Hours of Le Mans John Wyer917LH18Jackie Oliver
1000 km Zeltweg John Wyer917K1st Richard Attwood

Pedro Rodríguez in the 24 Hours of Le Mans

YearTeamNum.CarCat.Co-driverGridLapsResult
EngineHours
1958
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
25
Ferrari 500 TR58 S 2.0 Flag of France.svg José Behra
33°
119
Retire
(Cooling)
Ferrari 2.0 L4
12h
1959
Flag of Italy.svg OSCA Automobili
51
OSCA Sport 750TN S 750 Flag of Mexico.svg Ricardo Rodríguez
11°
32
Retire
(Water pump)
OSCA 0.7L L4
5h
1960
Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari SpA
12
Ferrari 250 TRI/60 S 3.0 Flag of Italy.svg Ludovico Scarfiotti
47°
22
Retire
(Fuel)
Ferrari 3.0L V12
3h
1961
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
17
Ferrari 250 TRI/61 S 3.0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ricardo Rodríguez
305
Retire
(Engine)
Ferrari 3.0L V12
23h
1962
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC
28
Ferrari 246 SP E 3.0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ricardo Rodríguez
32°
174
Retire
(Gear box)
Ferrari 2.4L V6
13h
1963
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
10
Ferrari 330 TRI/LM P +3.0 Flag of the United States.svg Roger Penske
113
Retire
(Accident)
Ferrari 4.0L V12
9h
1964
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
15
Ferrari 330 P P 5.0 Flag of the United States.svg Skip Hudson
58
Retire
(Engine)
Ferrari 4.0 L V12
5h
1965
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
18
Ferrari 365 P2/P1 P 5.0 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Vaccarella
320
Ferrari 4.4 L V12
24h
1966
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
27
Ferrari 330 P3 Spyder P 5.0 Flag of the United States.svg Richie Ginther
151
Retire
(Gear box)
Ferrari 4.0 L V12
10h
1967
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
25
Ferrari 330 P3 P 5.0 Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Baghetti
144
Retire
(Pistons)
Ferrari 4.0 L V12
11h
1968
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Wyer Automotive Engineering
9
Ford GT40 Mk IS 5.0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Lucien Bianchi
331
Winner
Ford 4.9 L V8
24h
1969
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC
18
Ferrari 312 P Coupé P 3.0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Piper
223
Retire
(Oil leak)
Ferrari 3.0 L V12
16h
1970
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Wyer Automotive Engineering
21
Porsche 917KS 5.0 Flag of Finland.svg Leo Kinnunen
22
Retire
(Engine)
Porsche 4.9 L Flat 12
4h
1971
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Wyer Automotive Engineering
18
Porsche 917LS 5.0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jackie Oliver
-
Retire
(Oil leak)
Porsche 4.9 L Flat 12
14h

Notes

  1. Carlos Eduardo Jalife Villalón (2006). Los Hermanos Rodríguez[The Rodríguez Brothers] (in Spanish). México: Sanborns. pp. 45–46.
  2. Los Hermanos Rodríguez book, p. 381
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dan Gurney
A. J. Foyt
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1968 with:
Lucien Bianchi
Succeeded by
Jacky Ickx
Jackie Oliver

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