PATRICK RUMMERFIELD

Hometown: O'Fallon, Illinois
Born: September 7, 1953 - Vallejo, CA
Wife: Connie
Children: Breanna, Hailee

In an amazing story of dedication and perseverance, Patrick Rummerfield stands as a beacon of courage and a longstanding commitment to facing challenge.  Rummerfield has exemplified the spirit of determination in overcoming adversity.
Patrick has shown remarkable valor in his quest for greatness in sports and other causes, among them RADD (Recording Artists, Actors, and Athletes Against Drunk Driving) and the Flo Jo Foundation, which benefits inner city children. In addition, Rummerfield works diligently for Gateway to a Cure, a not-for-profit organization that supports paralysis research. Rummerfield has achieved excellence through physical ability and an uncommon refusal to accept limitations, yet he is most proud of his role as a father of two girls and a husband.

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Accomplishments

  • September 7, 1953 - Patrick Rummerfield is born in Vallejo, California
  • September 1974 - Rummerfield is involved in a high speed car accident that leaves him a quadriplegic with little hope of recovery
  • November 1977 - After years of intensive therapy in which he relearns basic tasks - including reading and writing, Rummerfield begins to walk again and regain the use of his hands
  • April 1991 - Rummerfield runs his first foot race, a benefit to prevent violence against women
  • June 1991 - Rummerfield completes his first triathlon in Buffalo, Wyoming, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House
  • October 1992 - Rummerfield completes the prestigious Iron Man Triathlon
  • January 1995 - Danny McKeever's Fast Lane Racing School 3 day Advance Racing School, Willow Springs, Rosamond, CA 135 HP Toyota Celica cars
  • August 1996 - Skip Barber's 4 Day Advance Racing School, Lime Rock, CT 130 HP Formula Dodge and Dodge Vipers; Rummerfield begins work as Performance Assessment Coordinator at BJC Hospital - Washington University's Injury Prevention Center, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • October 1996 - Rummerfield creates the Nextsteps Foundation (http://www.nextstepsracing.org) dedicated to research in the prevention, treatment and cure of paralysis.
  • February 1997 - Rummerfield completes the grueling Antarctic Marathon to benefit the Thunderbird Treatment Center
  • August 1997 - Rummerfield completes the fastest one way run in an electric streamliner history - 237.0 MPH
  • October 1997 - Ron Langford's Master Drive, 1 Day Defensive Driving, Denver, CO, Touring Sedan
  • June 1998 - Fast Track Racing School 3 Day Advance High Speed Oval, New Texas Motor Speedway, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. 500 HP NASCAR Winston Cup Chevys, Fords and Pontiacs
  • July 1998 - Monro NASCAR Bush Grand National Team, learning the ins and outs from Andy Santerre and team owner George deBidart. IRP Raceway, Indianapolis, IN
  • August 1998 - Rummerfield sets the United States land speed record of 239.0 MPH in the White Lightning electric streamliner.
  • October 1998 - Monro NASCAR Bush Grand National Team, learning the ins and outs from Andy Santerre and team owner George deBidart, Gateway International Speedway, St. Louis, MO
  • December 1998 - Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving 4 Day Advance Grand Prix racing Course, Phoenix, AZ
  • September 1999 - Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving 1 Day Advance Road Racing Course, Phoenix, AZ; One on One, 110+ laps
  • October 22, 1999 - Rummerfield sets the new FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) World land speed record of 245.523 MPH in the Graybar-sponsored White Lightning electric streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
  • December 1999 - Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving 4 Day Advance Driving Grand Prix Racing Course, Phoenix, AZ, 20 lap race started 14th, finished 3rd.  137HP Formula Fords and 265HP Cobra Mustangs
  • October 23, 1999 - Rummerfield sets a new United States land speed record of 251.322 MPH in the White Lightning II electric streamliner
  • March 2000 - Rummerfield completes the LA Marathon, despite a stress fracture in his leg
  • May 2000 - Treadway Racing 4 days learning the ins and outs of IRL cars from Sam Schmidt and team owner Fred Treadway, Indianapolis raceway, Indianapolis, IN
  • June 2000 - 125CC Shifter Karts Tatui, Brazil, Team Soft Frame, 2 day event
  • September 2000 - Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving 4 Day Advance Grand Prix Racing Course, Phoenix AZ; Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving 1 Day Advance Road racing Course, Phoenix, AZ.  One on One 110+ laps with Driving Instructor Patrick Sallaway and Bob Bondurant; SCCA
  • September 2001 - 2001 Michelin Challenge