Following a very hard crash in the closing laps of Sunday's NASCAR Mexico Series race at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed, former series champion Carlos Pardo was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The race, which was concluded due to time limit constraints, was reverted back to the last completed lap and Pardo was declared the event winner.
"Carlos Pardo was a tremendous competitor and person," said Chad Little, Director of Racing Development, NASCAR Mexico. "On behalf of everybody in the NASCAR family, our thoughts and prayers go out to Carlos' family and friends."
Pardo had competed in 74 NASCAR Mexico Series events with a record of 10 wins and eight poles and claimed the 2004 series championship. His career also includes six Camping World East Series starts and the 2006 Nationwide Series race at Mexico City.
Ruben Pardo, Carlos' brother, also is a competitor in the Mexico series and has competed in Camping World East and Nationwide Series events as well.
The thoughts and prayers of the entire NASCAR community go out to Carlos Pardo's family and friends in this time of grieving.