NASCAR: Mexican driver Gutierrez involved in accident, brother killed

NASCAR México regulars Max Gutiérrez and his younger brother Federico Gutiérrez were involved in a vehicle accident on Sunday, tragically resulting in the latter’s passing while the former sustained undisclosed injuries. The younger Gutiérrez was 17.

The accident occurred near Valle de Bravo when the brothers’ Porsche Boxster collided with a Ford Explorer driven by an 80-year-old man with his 65-year-old wife and a 41-year-old female passenger; other details of the occupants of the Explorer were not publicly revealed beyond being taken to nearly hospitals. Federico was pronounced dead at the scene.

“AM Racing extends our sincerest condolences to the Gutierrez family on their loss of their son, Federico,” reads a statement from the team. “Fico was an extended member of the AM Racing family, often joining his brother Max trackside last season and we will forever cherish those memories.

“Our thoughts and prayers are not only with the family, but also with Max during his recovery and grieving process.”

A mass was organized for Federico on Monday at the J. García López Casa Pedregal funeral home in Mexico City.

“We are struck by the deepest and immense sadness for the death of ‘Fico’,” said NASCAR México president Jimmy Morales. “His life was fueled by his passion for motorsports and he will forever be a part of our memories. We will miss him very, very much. Today, we say goodbye to a truly wonderful human being and I will always remember the laughs we shared.”