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Carlos Pardo
Hometown Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Died June 14, 2009
Achievements 2004 NASCAR Corona Series Champion
NASCAR Nationwide Series statistics
First race 2006 Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200 (Mexico City)[1]
Wins Top tens Poles
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Carlos Alberto Pardo Estévez (September 16, 1975 – June 14, 2009) was a NASCAR Mexico Series champion race car driver from Mexico City and also the first ever series champion.[2]


Pardo won 10 of his 74 NASCAR Mexico Series starts and had 8 poles. He won the series championship in 2004.[3] He was third in standings in 2005 and 2006.[4] Pardo competed also in six races in the NASCAR Camping World East Series in 2004 and 2005 and raced in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2006.[3]


During the 97th lap of a 100-lap NASCAR Mexico Series race at Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Amozoc, Puebla, on June 14, 2009 Pardo was hit by Jorge Goeters,[5] which caused him to lose control of his car and impacted against a barrier sideways[6] at over 200 km/h[7] causing the disintegration of the car.[8] He was transported to a local hospital by helicopter, where he was pronounced dead. He was declared the winner of the race since he was leading the race at the last completed lap before the accident occurred, beating Goeters by 0.044 seconds.[3] Pardo, driving for Motorcraft team, had started the race from the last row.[9] He is survived by wife Ana, and an infant child.[10]

Pardo's brother Ruben also competes in the NASCAR Mexico Series,[3] and finished sixth in the race that his brother won posthumously.


  1. ^ "2006 Telcel-Motorola-Mexico-200 Race Preview, Recap and Results". Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  2. ^ "Carlos Pardo". Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  3. ^ a b c d "Carlos Pardo Posthumously Awarded NASCAR Mexico Series Win". 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  4. ^ "Carlos Pardo at Driver Database". Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  5. ^ "Fallece el piloto Carlos Pardo" (in Spanish). Crónica. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  6. ^ "Driver dies in Nascar Mexico race". Reuters. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  7. ^ "Sufre Carlos Pardo aparatoso accidente" (in Spanish). 2009-06-14. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  8. ^ "NASCAR Mexico driver killed in crash". ESPN. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  9. ^ "Carlos Pardo dies in NASCAR Mexico Series race Sunday". 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  
  10. ^ LaCapria, Kim (2009-06-15). "NASCAR driver Carlos Pardo dies in fiery wreck". Retrieved 2009-06-15.  


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