Grief pours in for slain race car driver Pastor
Enzo Pastor explains how he made a fourth-place finish a the rain-soaked 2013 Euro NASCAR race last April. Photo by Rem Zamora, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Friends and fans paid their respects to the late race car driver Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor, a day after he was murdered by an unidentified gunman.
The 32-year-old was murdered in cold blood late Thursday in Quezon City while preparing to drive his way to Clark, Pampanga for the final leg of the Asian V-8 Championship.
He and his assistant Paolo Salazar were shot by two motorcycle-riding men at a stop light along Visayas Avenue corner Congressional Avenue.
The Filipino racing community was shocked to learn of his death.
Pastor was the first Filipino ever to be invited to compete in US NASCAR through the K&N Pro Series East.
Before his death, he was actively participating in the Asian V8 Championship series which was organized by his father and Philippine Formula Autosports Foundation Inc. (PFAF) president Tom Pastor.
Among his career achievements were: 2nd runner-up in Macau Grand Prix and 1st Runner-up in Philippine Touring Car Championship finishes in 2009; participation in the 2008 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC); and a 4th runner up finish in the 2004 Asian Formula 3 Series.
He also participated in the Nascar Whelen Euro Series where he finished in the Magic 6 of the final standings.
Last December, he was given an All-Star award during the Night of Champions NASCAR Gala in Charlotte, North Carolina for his NASCAR feat.