Sources: http://uk.reuters.com/article/motorSportsNews/idUKN1415039120090615?feedType=RSS&feedName=motorSportsNews; http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/from_the_marbles/post/Remembering-Carlos-Pardo-NASCAR-Mexico-driver-k?urn=nascar,171140; http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1849293/nascar_mexico_series_driver_killed.html?cat=14; http://www.totalprosports.com/blog/index.php/2009/06/carlos-pardo-wins-nascar-race-dies-in-crash/
On Sunday June 14th, an accident in the Mexican NASCAR series (Autodromo Miguel E. Abed, State of Puebla) resulted in the death of Carlos Pardo.
The 33yr old driver was leading the race after 97 laps into a 100-lap race around the circuit, he was then bumped by the car behind (Jorge Goeters) as it attempted to accelerate past, and this spun Pardo’s car into the concrete retaining walls around the pit exit at 120mph. Essentially Pardo’s car disintegrated on impact (you can see clips of this on youtube, but out of respect, they have not been reproduced on this blog). Although Pardo was quickly extracted from the wreckage and medevaced to a nearby hospital, he died about 45 minutes after the impact. NASCAR Mexico later awarded him the win posthumously, as the race was stopped following the accident.
The Mexican version of the NASCAR League is operated by entertainment giant CIE (CIEB.MX) and privately-held firm Selca, and does not compete with American drivers. Given the mechanics of the accident and the amount of disintegration of the car though, some commentators have suggested that the safety measures seen in American and International motor racing were not in place. Others commentators have suggested that the fault lay with the race drivers themselves and particularly in how the nudge occurred. This story may therefore develop further…