You know the headline: "Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker died Saturday when the driver of the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that Walker was riding in lost control in a business park drive, wrapped the Porsche around a tree, and then the Porsche burned.
But less likely to make headlines was the death of the driver of the car, Walker's friend for nearly a decade, Roger Rodas, who became Walker's formal business partner and financial adviser in 2007.
The two first met at a track event when Walker noticed that Rodas was driving a Porsche 911 GT3 that he used to own. (The Porsche community, as it turns out, is very small indeed.) The two hit it off and raced together, including a stint at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Rodas was the CEO of Always Evolving, the tuner and race shop that the pair operated.
Rodas and Walker also created the "Reach Out World Wide" foundation, which Walker led personally; it sent help immediately to disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in Chile.
What brought Walker and Rodas together, though, was their love of cars, and that ultimately had fatal consequences. Rodas leaves a wife and two children.
Autoweek has more on Roda's racing career, including a successful season at the Pirelli World Challenge.