Walt Faulkner

Walt Faulkner

16/2/1920 - 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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