They took him to an apartment where he received a visit from Faustino Pérez, one of the leaders of the 26th of July Movement, who apologised for the inconvenience. The rebels treated Fangio well, feeding him and giving him a radio so that he could listen to the race, but he chose not to. The race itself ended in disaster after only six laps when the Cuban driver, Armando Garcia, ran into the crowd killing several people and injuring many more.
Good to their word, the rebels released Fangio the following day. He told police that he had been “treated very well – as though I was a friend of the rebels.” When asked about the kidnapping he said, “If what the rebels did was in a good cause, then I, as an Argentine, accept it” He declined to identify his captors, with whom he remained good friends.