Walt Faulkner

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Walt Faulkner
Born(1918-02-16)February 16, 1918
Tell, Texas
DiedApril 22, 1956(1956-04-22) (aged 38)
Vallejo, California
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19501955
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Kuzma, Pankratz, Lesovsky, Ferrari
Entries6 (5 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points1
Pole positions1
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1955 Indianapolis 500

Walt Faulkner (February 16, 1918[1] – April 22, 1956) was an American racing driver from Tell, Texas. He 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.[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. Walt Faulkner participated in 5 World Championship races. He started on the pole 1 time, and accumulated a total of 1 championship point.

Racing record[edit]

Indy 500 results[edit]

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

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Pts
1950 Grant Piston Ring/Agajanian Kurtis Kraft 2000 Offenhauser 4.5 L4 GBR MON 500
7
SUI BEL FRA ITA NC 0
1951 Agajanian Grant Piston Ring Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser 4.5 L4 SUI 500
15
BEL FRA GBR GER ITA ESP NC 0
1952 Grant Piston Ring/Agajanian Ferrari 375S Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 SUI 500
DNQ
BEL FRA GBR GER NED ITA NC 0
1953 Automobile Shippers/Casaroll Kurtis Kraft 500A Offenhauser 4.5 L4 ARG 500
17
NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA NC 0
1954 J.C. Agajanian Kuzma Indy Roadster Offenhauser 4.5 L4 ARG 500
12
BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA ESP NC 0
1955 Merz Engineering Kurtis Kraft 500C Offenhauser 4.5 L4 ARG MON 500
5
BEL NED GBR ITA 23rd 1
Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Death Index". Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  2. ^ "West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame". West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Walt Faulkner – Involvement". StatsF1. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
Records
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
38 years, 331 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Youngest Grand Prix polesitter
30 years, 103 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
José Froilán González
28 years, 282 days
(1951 British Grand Prix)