Pat Flaherty (racing driver)
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|Born||January 6, 1926|
|Died||April 9, 2002 (aged 76)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1950, 1953–1956, 1959|
|Teams||Kurtis Kraft, Watson|
|First entry||1950 Indianapolis 500|
|First win||1956 Indianapolis 500|
|Last win||1956 Indianapolis 500|
|Last entry||1959 Indianapolis 500|
He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1950, 1953–1956, 1958-1958, and 1963 seasons with 19 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1950, 1953, 1955, 1956, and 1959. He finished in the top ten 9 times, with victories in 1955 and 1956 at Milwaukee as well as the 1956 Indianapolis 500. Born in Glendale, California, Flaherty died in Oxnard, California. 
World Championship career summaryEdit
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. Pat Flaherty participated in 6 World Championship races. He started on the pole once, won once, and accumulated a total of 8 championship points.
After winning the 1956 Indianapolis 500, Flaherty was severely injured in a race car crash less than three months later, which prevented him from racing at the 1957 500. Flaherty successfully raced pigeons for over twenty years after he retired from auto racing.. He also built and publicised a portable go-kart track where he would race against all-comers.
Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit
* Shared drive with Jim Rathmann
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