Paul Walker and Roger Rodas raced together

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Dennis Moore
USA Today

Paul Walker and Roger Rodas shared a love for speed.

The friends, killed Saturday when the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which they were riding crashed and burned, were co-owners of the car customization and race prep store Always Evolving.

Walker, a star in the Fast and Furious franchise, and Rodas had raced together in competitions such as 25 Hours of Thunderhill and Pirelli World Challenge Series.

Rodas, 38, was driving as they departed Saturday's event for Walker's charity organization, Reach Out Worldwide, in Valencia, Calif. Investigators got a phone call tip Sunday suggesting that another car was at the scene when the Porsche hit a light pole and burst into flames, LosAngeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Cohen told CNN.

Rodas was a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch financial adviser. A Merrill Lynch profile says the two struck up a conversation when Walker noticed Rodas driving a Porsche GT3 he had previously owned. Soon after they began racing together.

Rodas drove for the Always Evolving racing team, finished second in the 2012 Porsche Drivers Cup Series and this year competed in 10 GTS Series races, according to the Pirelli World Challenge organization.

Last April, Rodas crashed into a wall at a Pirelli World Challenge practice session at Long Beach. In order to compete in the race, Walker allowed Rodas to borrow his Ford Mustang Boss 302S.

"Series officials express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rodas and Walker," said a statement issued Sunday by Pirelli.

Always Evolving posted this message regarding the accident on its Facebook page: "Thank you all for your condolences and prayers while we mourn the loss of our loved ones."

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