Pat Kennedy attended his first Indianapolis 500 with his family in 1963, when he was six years old. He has not missed a race since. His interest and passion was immediate and has continued to grow, culminating in his second book on the Indianapolis 500.
His grandfather and father sponsored race cars at Indy from 1936 to the early 1950s under the name of their family-owned business: the Kennedy Tank Special. Kennedy Tank and Manufacturing Company has been a supplier of pit fueling tanks for many years at Indy. Pat has continued the family tradition of involvement in the Indianapolis 500.
Pat is the president of a group of family-owned companies, including Kennedy Tank and Manufacturing Company (Indianapolis, Indiana); Southern Tank and Manufacturing Company (Owensboro, Kentucky); and Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation (Columbia City, Indiana).
In 2010, Pat’s first book “How Much Do You Really Know About the Indianapolis 500?” was published. It is the official trivia book of the Indianapolis 500.
From being on the cover of Pat Kennedy’s Indianapolis 500 Trivia Book, the Kennedy Tank Special race car that competed in the 1948 and 1949 Indy 500’s was found, purchased and refurbished. The car is shown in May of 2011 being driven on the track by Pat Kennedy in conjunction with Indianapolis 500 Centennial Celebration.
The car is on display in the lobby of Kennedy Tank and Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.