Today in History - Mexican driver Pedro Rodriguez wins Le Mans in 1968
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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…