Tragedy Strikes the Racing World: Federico Gutierrez, 17, Passes Away
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 323
The motorsports and automotive community is mourning the loss of 17-year-old racing prodigy Federico Gutierrez, also known as "Fico," who passed away in a devastating traffic accident. His older brother, Max Gutierrez, was also in the car at the time and sustained serious injuries, but is reportedly not in danger.
Young Talent in the Making
Fico had been making waves in the racing world, particularly in the Mexico Truck Series, where he earned a reputation as one of the most talented drivers in the NASCAR circuit. He made history as the youngest driver to participate in the 24 Hours of Mexico race in 2019, at just 13 years old.
In 2022, he was named the top rookie in the NASCAR Mexico Challenge Series.
Tributes and Condolences
NASCAR issued a statement expressing their sorrow at the loss of their friend and driver, saying, “We are devastated by the loss of our friend and driver Federico Gutiérrez Hoppe… Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gutiérrez family during this difficult time”.
NASCAR driver Noah Gragson tweeted his condolences, “Heartbroken to hear the news about Fico and Max. Have become great friends with them. Thinking about the Gutierrez family and max with his recovery”. Rette Jones Racing, the team that Fico was associated with, also offered their condolences, stating, “Fico was not only a fierce competitor, but also a friend and forever a member of our racing family.
He will be sorely missed… Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family, but also with Max during his recovery and grieving process”. Nascar reporter Chris Knight shared his memories of Fico, writing on Twitter, “I met Fico Gutierrez in 2021 and he was so grateful to have the opportunity to race in the United States.
His huge smile and polite demeanor will be my greatest memory of him. I am keeping the family and especially Max in my thoughts and prayers. RIP”. The racing community has lost a promising young talent, and the thoughts and prayers of fans and fellow drivers alike are with the Gutierrez family during this difficult time.