The motorsports community has lost another one, but in a way that we can barely fathom.
Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor was a popular Filipino racing champion who had unfinished dreams after a tragic act of violence in the Philippines, Thursday.
Enzo started his racing career at the age of 18, in 1999. He's participated in touring cars, Formula BMW, Formula 3, and most recently, NASCAR's Euro Series and the Asian V8 Championship. In fact, he and his brother were the first two Filipino drivers to ever compete on NASCAR's European circuit. His performance earned him an invitation to come compete in their American K&N division, but he never got the chance.
Enzo was also the first Filipino to ever get behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar, doing so in a 2011 test. Among his many achievements include the 2002 Asian Formula Renault title, a national Touring Car championship, and the 2010 Philippine Sportswriter Association Annual Award for Motorsports. Earlier this year, Pastor won the inaugural Asian V8 championship race.
He was en-route to Clark International Speedway to store his late model cars when two motorcycle riders pulled up to the vehicle and gunned him down. He was 32. It's a tragic loss for Philippine motorsport, losing one of their strongest advocates. Enzo is survived by his wife Dalia and children, Damien and Xander.
His aforementioned brother Don continues to race, and will now do so in honor of Enzo. Please keep his family and close friends in your thoughts and prayers.