Tom Mulligan

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14 Sep 1889
Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland


04 May 1959
Detroit, Michigan


United States

Indy 500s:

0 (1922)

Better known as a car entrant - notably in 1930 for the Indianapolis 500 - but also for his later role as an observer for the AAA at numerous tracks, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, often working with fellow Detroit resident Gene Haustein. Mulligan also ran a garage in Detroit specialising in Ford cars. His 1922 attempt was really his only serious effort as a driver and ended when he crashed the car. Tom - full name Thomas John Mulligan - was born in Scotland of a Scottish father and Irish mother, and moved with them to the US in 1905. He lived in Detroit thereon for most of the rest of his life, and as well as being a garage owner, later worked as a site foreman at the Packard Motor Company. He also served in the US Army in the rank of sergeant. Prior to his driving attempt, he was still linked to Indianapolis as a mechanic for Arthur Chevrolet.

Biography last updated 5 Jun 2024