Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker was killed in a car crash on Saturday and the driver of the car was Roger Rodas, who has driven in the Pirelli World Challenge.
Rodas and Walker were Porsche enthusiasts and owned Rodas' race team, Always Evolving, together. The Porsche Carrera GT they were in crashed after they drove the car from a charity event. Authorities said that when they arrived, the car was engulfed in flames.
“Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart, just decided to joyride, take a spin," Antonio Holmes, a friend of Walker's who was at the event, told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. "Something we all do. We're all car enthusiasts. ... We’re all here driving, enjoying each other, and God must’ve needed help."
Rodas drove in the GTS Series this season in the Pirelli World Challenge with and finished second in the Porsche Drivers Cup Series last year with two wins for Always Evolving, the team that he and Walker started per his bio on the PWC site, Rodas was a wealth adviser for Merrill Lynch.
This year in the PWC GTS Series, he was 13th in the points standings and competed in 10 of the series' 14 races. His highest finish was fifth place at Toronto.
The Sports Car Club of America is the largest amateur motorsports club in the United States and throughout its series it is a mixture of drivers who have another career (like Rodas) or who have made driving their primary endeavor. The PWC is sanctioned by the SCCA Pro Series and "The purpose of Pirelli World Challenge Championships is to provide teams, manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers a competitive production-based race series in which to prove their products."
The road racing series runs on weekends at tracks with larger series. The 2014 PWC season will kick off at St. Petersburg, the same weekend as the IndyCar Series' season-opening race of the season.
Rodas was friends with Los Angeles Clippers PG Chris Paul and the Asomugha Foundation, started by NFL defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha, was one of the foundations that Always Evolving supported.
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