993. Carlos Pardo declared winner posthumously after crashing into barrier in NASCAR Mexican race in 2009

Worst of the Worst: Motorsports CrashesMultimedia compilation of the Top 1,000 "WORST of the Worst: Motorsports Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
 
Carlos Pardo was transported by helicopter after crashing in a Mexican race in 1991 sanctoned by NASCAR, but he died a short time later / Headline SurferCarlos Pardo, racer killed in crash in native Mexico in 1991 / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Carlos Pardo is killed after crashing on lap 197 of a 200-lap NASCAR-sanctioned Corona Series race in Mexico, which he was honored as the winner following his death. The main photo image above shows the utter destruction of Psrdo's car, which was broken and barely visible. A video of the crash by Greg Engele was downloaded from YouTube to provide a multimedia perspective that shows the devastating results of this crash. Though he was rushed by helicopter to a nearby hospital as shown here.Pardo was not conscious after the crash and died a short time later.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Carlos Pardo, a driver in NASCAR's Corona Series in Mexico, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, after crashing while leading on the final laps during a race held at the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed Amozoc in the Mexican state of Pueblo. He was 33 years old.

Pardo lost control after being hit by another driver, Jorge Goeters, which caused him to lose control of his car and crash sideways into the end of a lower retaining wall at over 200 km/h or 124.274 mph. Pardo's car was virtually destroyed upon impact and Pardo had to be extracted from what was left of the crumpled wreck. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead 45 minutes later.

Pardo's fatal crash comes in at No. 993 in the HeadlineSurfer.com ranking of the Top 1,000 Worst of the Worst Motorsports Crashes. 

The accident occurred during the 97th lap of a 100-lap NASCAR Mexico Corona Series race. Pardo 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. Pardo, driving for the Motorcraft team, had started the race from the last row.

Carlos Pardo / Headline SurferThe accident that took the life of 33-year-old Mexican native Carlos Pardo, occurred during the 97th lap of a 100-lap NASCAR Mexico Corona Series race.

Pardo 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.

Pardo, driving for the Motorcraft team, had started the race from the last row. 

Pardo was survived by wife Ana, and their infant child. Pardo's brother, Ruben, also competes in the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series, and finished sixth in the race that Pardo won posthumously.

In a bit of irony, Pardo won the the inaugural NASCAR Mexico Corona Championship in 2004. Goeters won the championship series the following year.

FAST FACTS: Carlos Pardo
Given birth name, Alberto Pardo Estévez (Sept. 15, 1975 – June 14, 2009), was a Mexican stock car racing driver from Mexico City. Among his achievements in racing:
• The first driver to win the NASCAR Mexico Corona Series championship in 2004;
• Third in final standings for the NASCAR Mexico Corona Championship Series in 2003 and 2005;
• Won 10 of his 74 NASCAR Mexico Corona Series starts and had eight poles;
• Competed in six races in the NASCAR Camping World Series East in 2004 and 2005;
• Raced in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2006.
 
NASCAR Mexico / Headline Surfer Did You Know?
NASCAR Mexico is a joint-venture between NASCAR and OCESA, a Mexican entertainment company, aiming to develop, manage and operate local motorsports events and oversee television distribution, sponsorship and licensing.
The venture attempts to create marketing programs to increase interest in local NASCAR events as well as NASCAR events in the U.S. that are televised in Mexico. NASCAR Mexico had been responsible for the organization of the Corona México 200, a former NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. It also organizes and sanctions two racing series, the NASCAR Toyota Series and the NASCAR Mexico T4 Series.
The latter series experienced its first fatality on June 14, 2009, when Carlos Pardo was killed in an accident. Pardo was declared the winner of the same race he was killed in after he led the final completed lap.
Sources: Wikipedia 
 
Premise for the series:
Motorsports fans are drawn to racing for different reasons: The excitement of speed, skill of drafting & passing; strategies on when to pit for fuel, tires or repairs; the will to win and so forth. Ultimately, though, it's the big crashes that fans seem to like more than anything. And though nobody wishes serious injury or death to drivers, crew members, emergency personnel & especially spectators, the sad reality is carnage is always lurking. Despite the latest technology & improvements in aerodynamics of vehicles, driver equipment and enhanced track safety features, the fine line between life & death is always at play in any given sanctioned motorsport. Given that Headline Surfer® puts such an emphasis on racing with Daytona Beach International Speedway, the 24/7 internet news outlet is counting down its listing of the top 1,000 WORST of the Worst. While on the surface it may come across as gratuitous gore to critics, there can never be enough discussion about the need for constant vigilance in looking at safety.
 
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.