1956 was the best/worst year for Pat Flaherty. First winning Indy, then a week later winning Milwaukee, and the next week taking a big win at Williams Grove over the PA. "gang" in Traylors 55. After a couple more good finishes in the champ car he has a near fatal crash at Springfield (note his shamrock helmet laying on the track) After a lot of sheet time and over a year healing up he attempts a comeback. With the exception of Indy 59, where he comes from deep in the pack to lead and contend for the win before crashing, his comeback is sorta dismal. In the early 60s he gets invoved with a couple of ill-fated Indy cars owned by a Bob Peterson and after failing to qualify a slug of a r/e car at Trenton he hangs it up. He then goes on to spend his time raising racing pigeons, becoming somewhat of a recluse and almost totally dis-associating himself from his racing past.