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
Championships 0
Wins 2
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)
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.

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.

Grand Prix motor racing, a form of motorsport competition, has its roots in organised automobile racing that began in France as early as 1894. It quickly evolved from simple road races from one town to the next, to endurance tests for car and driver. Innovation and the drive of competition soon saw speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), but because early races took place on open roads, accidents occurred frequently, resulting in deaths both of drivers and of spectators.


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.

Mexico City Capital City in Mexico, Mexico

Mexico City, or the City of Mexico, is the capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. It is one of the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas. It is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus in the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft). The city has 16 boroughs.

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

Western Military Academy was a private military preparatory school located in Alton, Illinois, in the United States. Founded in 1879, Western Military Academy closed in 1971. The campus is located in the National Register of Historic Places District (ID.78001167). The school motto was Mens Sana in Corpore Sano.

Alton, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

Alton is a city on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States, about 15 miles (24 km) north of St. Louis, Missouri. The population was 27,865 at the 2010 census. It is a part of the Metro-East region of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. It is famous for its limestone bluffs along the river north of the city, for its role preceding and during the American Civil War, and as the home town of jazz musician Miles Davis and Robert Wadlow, the tallest known person in history. It was the site of the last Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate in October 1858. The former state penitentiary in Alton was used during the Civil War to hold up to 12,000 Confederate prisoners of war.

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.

Nassau, Bahamas Largest city and capital of the Bahamas

Nassau is the capital and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The city has an estimated population of 274,400 as of 2016, just over 70% of the population of the country (≈391,000). Lynden Pindling International Airport, the major airport for the Bahamas, is located about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) west of Nassau city centre, and has daily flights to major cities in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the United States. The city is located on the island of New Providence, which functions much like a business district. Nassau is the site of the House of Assembly and various judicial departments and was considered historically to be a stronghold of pirates. The city was named in honour of William III of England, Prince of Orange-Nassau, deriving its name from Nassau, Germany.

Ferrari Italian sports car manufacturer

Ferrari is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer based in Maranello. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of Alfa Romeo's race division as Auto Avio Costruzioni, the company built its first car in 1940. However, the company's inception as an auto manufacturer is usually recognized in 1947, when the first Ferrari-badged car was completed.

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 ]

Bray, Berkshire village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire

Bray, occasionally Bray on Thames, is a large suburban village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire. It sits on the banks of the River Thames, to the southeast of Maidenhead of which it is a suburb.

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]

1967 South African Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 1967

The 1967 South African Grand Prix, formally the 1st AA Grand Prix of South Africa, was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 2 January 1967. It was race 1 of 11 in both the 1967 World Championship of Drivers and the 1967 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The 80-lap race was won by Cooper driver Pedro Rodríguez after he started from fourth position. John Love finished second in a privately entered Cooper and Honda driver John Surtees came in third.

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


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 156 failed to finish. [6] Rodríguez claimed seventh at the 1960 Targa Florio, again in a 156, 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 250GTO 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 375P he shared with Jean Guicher, 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.

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]


Rodríguez was killed in an Interserie sports car race at Norisring in Nuremberg, West 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. He died shortly after he was extracted from the wreck. [34] Rodríguez was at the wheel of a Ferrari 512M of Herbert Müller Racing, his friend and teammate at the Targa Florio in 1971.


Rodríguez was considered the best driver of his era in the wet. [35] [36] 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. [37]

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. [38] [39]


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. [40] [41] 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 [42] [43] in United States, Canada, and England which won the Motor Press Guild Book of the Year award in 2009. [44]

Racing record

Formula One World Championship results

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

1963 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax V8 MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA USA
1964 North American Racing Team Ferrari 156 Aero Ferrari V6 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA MEX
1965 North American Racing Team Ferrari 1512 Ferrari V12 RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA
1966 Team Lotus Lotus 33 Climax V8 MON BEL FRA
Lotus F2 44 Cosworth Straight-4 GER
1967 Cooper Car Company Cooper T81 Maserati V12 RSA
1968 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P126 BRM V12 RSA
1969 Reg Parnell Racing BRM P126 BRM V12 RSA
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312 Ferrari V12 NED
North American Racing Team Ferrari 312 Ferrari V12 CAN
1970 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P153 BRM V12 RSA
Yardley Team BRM BRM P153 BRM V12 ESP
1971 Yardley Team BRM BRM P160 BRM V12 RSA

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.
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 NARTDino 196SRet Ricardo Rodríguez
Targa Florio NARTDino 196S7/1 Sport-2Ricardo Rodríguez
1000 km Nürburgring NARTDino 196SRetRicardo 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 NARTDino 246SRetGrossman 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 NARTDino 206 S3rd 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
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

Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
Ferrari 500 TR58 S 2.0 Flag of France.svg José Behra
Ferrari 2.0 L4
Flag of Italy.svg OSCA Automobili
OSCA Sport 750TN S 750 Flag of Mexico.svg Ricardo Rodríguez
(Water pump)
OSCA 0.7L L4
Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari SpA
Ferrari 250 TRI/60 S 3.0 Flag of Italy.svg Ludovico Scarfiotti
Ferrari 3.0L V12
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
Ferrari 250 TRI/61 S 3.0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ricardo Rodríguez
Ferrari 3.0L V12
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC
Ferrari Dino 246 SP E 3.0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ricardo Rodríguez
(Gear box)
Ferrari 2.4L V6
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
Ferrari 330 TRI/LM P +3.0 Flag of the United States.svg Roger Penske
Ferrari 4.0L V12
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
Ferrari 330 P P 5.0 Flag of the United States.svg Skip Hudson
Ferrari 4.0 L V12
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
Ferrari 365 P2/P1 P 5.0 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Vaccarella
Ferrari 4.4 L V12
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
Ferrari 330 P3 Spyder P 5.0 Flag of the United States.svg Richie Ginther
(Gear box)
Ferrari 4.0 L V12
Flag of the United States.svg North American Racing Team
Ferrari 330 P3 P 5.0 Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Baghetti
Ferrari 4.0 L V12
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Wyer Automotive Engineering
Ford GT40 Mk IS 5.0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Lucien Bianchi
Ford 4.9 L V8
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC
Ferrari 312 P Coupé P 3.0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Piper
(Oil leak)
Ferrari 3.0 L V12
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Wyer Automotive Engineering
Porsche 917KS 5.0 Flag of Finland.svg Leo Kinnunen
Porsche 4.9 L Flat 12
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Wyer Automotive Engineering
Porsche 917LS 5.0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jackie Oliver
(Oil leak)
Porsche 4.9 L Flat 12


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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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