Pedro Rodriguez behind the wheel of the Ferrari 312P at the 1969 "1,000 kilometers of Monza" endurance race. This is an original colored pencil drawing from a photograph in the book "Sports Car Racing, In Camera, 1960-69" by Paul Parker. The artwork is on Stonehenge archival paper.
The number 2 Ferrari 312P (driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Peter Schetty) did not finish the race as it was put out of commission (accident) after 66 laps. The other 312P that was entered did not finish either (piloted by Mario Andretti and Chris Amon). Disappointment for Ferrari as both cars had done very well in qualifying (pole and 3rd on the starting grid).
Pedro Rodríguez (1940-1971) was a Mexican sports car racing driver. He is probably best remembered for his victory at Le Mans in 1968 with Belgian driver Lucien Bianchi in a John Wyer Gulf Ford GT40. He was the older brother of Formula One Ferrari driver Ricardo Rodríguez (1942-1962).
The Ferrari 312P was a two-seater fitted with a 3.0 liter engine (420 hp at 9800 rpm). It was initially a barchetta (open top) but it soon became a berlinetta (closed top) for the 1969 "24 Hours" at Le Mans. Ferrari abandoned the Ferrari 312P at the end of the 1969 season to focus on the new 5 liter V12 Ferrari 512.
Prints are available at Ferrari 312P Pedro Rodriguez 1969 on fineartamerica.com.