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Walt Faulkner

Walt Faulkner

Racecar driver
Walt Faulkner
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Quick Facts

Intro Racecar driver
Was Racecar driver Formula One driver Engineer
From United States of America
Type Engineering Sports
Gender male
Birth 16 February 1918
Death 22 April 1956, Vallejo, Solano County, California, U.S.A. (aged 38 years)
Star sign Aquarius
Peoplepill ID walt-faulkner
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Biography

Walt Faulkner (February 16, 1918 – April 22, 1956) was an American racing driver from Tell, Texas, who moved to Milledgeville, Georgia at the age of two-and-a-half, and to Lake Wales, Florida at the age of eight. He then moved to Los Angeles, California in 1936. Faulkner competed mainly in the National Championship and in stock car races. In 1950 Faulkner became the first rookie to win pole position at the Indianapolis 500. He died in 1956 after a qualifying crash at a USAC Stock Car event in Vallejo, California.

Earlier in his career, Faulkner raced motorcycles and then midget cars for the Edelbrock dirt track racing team. He had great success in midget car racing and was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2007. Faulkner was also inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2006.

Indy 500 results

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1950 98 1 134.343 1 7 135 0 Running
1951 2 14 136.872 1 15 123 0 Crankshaft
1953 23 14 137.117 10 17 176 0 Flagged
1954 98 - - - 12* 199  ? Flagged
1955 77 7 139.762 16 5** 200 0 Running
Totals 634 0
Starts 4
Poles 1
Front Row 1
Wins 0
Top 5 1
Top 10 2
Retired 1

* Shared drive with Chuck Stevenson
** Shared drive with Bill Homeier. Each driver scored 1 World Championship point

World Championship career summary

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Walt Faulkner participated in 5 World Championship races. He started on the pole 1 time, and accumulated a total of 1 championship point.

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