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Born on this day (27th - April)

Rudolf Schoeller

1902 - 1978


Count Carlo Felice Trossi

1908 - 1949


1913 - 1975


Russ Klar

1914 - 2005


Bob Bondurant

1933


Don Horvath

1935 - 1965


Helmut Marko

1943


Yves Courage

1948


Ari Vatanen

1952



Died on this day (27th - April)

1907 - 1949


Herbert Ernest Meyer

1892 - 1962


Gioacchino Colombo

1903 - 1987


Judy Ganley

1939 - 2007


Harry Firth

1918 - 2014



Walt Faulkner
Walt Faulkner
UNITED STATES

Born
16 / 2 / 1920
Died
22 / 4 / 1956
American racing driver, mainly competing in the National Championship and in NASCAR races. Earlier in his career, Faulkner drove midget cars for the Edelbrock dirt track racing team. Faulkner enjoyed a rather successful career racing Indy type roadsters from 1949 to 1955. He sat on the pole and finished 7th at Indy in '49, his second professional start, becoming the first rookie to win pole position at the Indianapolis 500. He raced a Lincoln Capri with Francis W. Hainley in the Carrera Panamericana in 1954 finishing 10th. He won at Milwaukee twice and Darlington once. He also finished over 54% of his races entered and finished in the top ten 24 times out 56 starts. As the Indianapolis 500 counted as a round of the Formula One World championship from 1950 to 1960 his career is credited with participation in 4 grands prix, with 1 pole position and 1 championship point scored. He was killed in an accident on his first qualfying lap for a USAC stock car race in Vallejo, California in 1956.




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