Today in History - Mexican driver Pedro Rodriguez wins Le Mans in 1968
On November 6, 1813, by way of the Solemn Act of the Declaration of Independence of Northern America, which would not be ratified until 1821, Mexico declared its independence from Spain. On September 29, 1968, Pedro Rodriguez became the first, and only to-date, Mexican driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Lucien Bianchi in the John Wyer team's Ford GT40.
The two winners would meet a tragic end, as did Ricardo, the young brother of Pedro, who passed away during the free practice at the Grand Prix of Mexico in 1962. Pedro Rodiguez (seated on the car) died during a race in Norisring, Germany, and Lucien Bianchi was killed during the preliminary free practice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1969. The first was 31, the second 34…
The competitor exploits, shocking twists and caliber of racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1932 and 2012 have all made it one of the most legendary races in history. As we await the 2022 running on 11-12 June, enjoy this retrospective from 1972.
FIA WEC – Toyota takes the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
Kamui Kobayashi, José María López and Mike Conway triumphed at the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps after a breathtaking race in the rain this weekend. As always, Toyota will be one to watch at the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans in a few short weeks.