Pat Flaherty (racing driver)

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Pat Flaherty
Born(1926-01-06)January 6, 1926
Glendale, California
DiedApril 9, 2002(2002-04-09) (aged 76)
Oxnard, California
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years1950, 19531956, 1959
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Watson
Career points8
Pole positions1
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
First win1956 Indianapolis 500
Last win1956 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1959 Indianapolis 500

George Francis Flaherty, Jr. (January 6, 1926 – April 9, 2002), known professionally as Pat Flaherty, was an American racecar driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1956.[1]

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. [2]

World Championship career summary[edit]

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.[citation needed]

After winning the 1956 Indianapolis 500, Flaherty was severely injured in a race car crash less than three months later,[3] which prevented him from racing at the 1957 500. Flaherty successfully raced pigeons for over twenty years after he retired from auto racing.[4]. He also built and publicised a portable go-kart track where he would race against all-comers.[2]

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

* Shared drive with Jim Rathmann


  1. ^ Cyprus Riots, 1956/05/31 (1956). Universal Newsreel. 1956. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Brown, Allen. "Pat Flaherty". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ "The Tuscaloosa News - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  4. ^ Among the toasts made at the wedding reception Saturday...,; accessed May 13, 2014.

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Preceded by
Bob Sweikert
Indianapolis 500 Winner
Succeeded by
Sam Hanks