NASCAR Corona Series Driver Dies in Late Race Crash

Greg Engle Contributor IJune 15, 2009

A driver in NASCAR’s Corona Series in Mexico died Sunday after crashing while leading on the last lap during an event being held at the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed Amozoc in the Mexican state of Puebla.

Carlos Pardo, 33, lost control after being hit by another driver. His car was sent careening into a barrier. After being extricated from the car, Pardo was airlifted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.

Pardo had competed in 74 NASCAR Mexico Series events with a record of 10 wins and eight poles and won the 2004 series championship. His career also included six Camping World East Series starts and the 2006 Nationwide Series race at Mexico City.

Sunday’s race was called due to time constraints. Officials reverted to the previous completed lap and Pardo was declared the winner.

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