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    PR-Recovered Quadriplegic Tests for Sam Schmidt Motorsports at LVMS

    PR-Recovered Quadriplegic Tests for Sam Schmidt Motorsports at LVMS
    Dec 10, 2003 07:40 pm - Posted by johncdavison, RIS Staff

    Las Vegas, Nevada - Sam Schmidt Motorsports held a Menards Infiniti Pro Series (IPS) and Indy Racing League (IRL) test session at the 1.5-mile superspeedway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Tuesday.

    Pat Rummerfield, a fully recovered spinal cord injury quadriplegic, was among the five drivers testing. Rummerfield, who was injured in an automobile accident in 1974, tested an IPS car in hopes to partner with Schmidt and race for spinal cord research.

    "It's the first time that a quadriplegic has ever been in one (car)," Rummerfield said. "Sam Schmidt and I are attempting to raise money for spinal cord research utilizing racing as a vehicle. This is a great way to heighten awareness for spinal cord research and to raise some funds.

    "It took me a little while to get comfortable in the car and to figure it out. Once we accomplished that, the speeds came up."

    Rummerfield's racing credentials include NASCAR testing, the national speed record for an all-electric car and completion of various driving schools. In addition to racing, Rummerfield has completed the Ironman Triathlon race in Hawaii.

    This marked the second consecutive year Schmidt has held such a test at LVMS. Last year Dan Wheldon, the 2003 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Bombardier Rookie of the Year, participated in the test.

    "We are seeing a huge interest in drivers from Midgets, Sprints and Formula 2000 in the Infiniti Pro Series," Sam Schmidt said. "This is an opportunity for them to test it out and see if they like it and to give us feedback."

    Other drivers testing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports included Travis Gregg, Jimmy Dziewior, Ron Thurman and P.J. Abbott.

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    wow, how did he recover ? he did the hawaii ironman after the injury ?

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    Mr. Rummerfield had recovery due to a very intensive personal exercise program. It took him a long time to recover to running, nearly 17 years. You can find more at www.patrummerfield.com. He is a miracle case that inspires many of us.

    "Carpe carp."--- Seize the fish!

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    yes after posting i looked at his web site, and notes, for any AB to complete the hawaii ironman, is a super human feat.. plus luck has to be on your side, i heard that this yeat a competitor in the top 10 had a kidney stone start passing in the run.. that was the end of the race for him, exit stage right to thje ambulance in tootal pain! talk about bad luck on kidney stone timing!

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    Recovery like this is mostly luck. You have power over what you do with what you get back, but to say that someone recovered due to hard work alone is a slap in the face to those who do not get any significant return.

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    Arrow Pat Rummerfield to make world record attempt

    Pat Rummerfield to make world record attempt

    Racing series LSR Date 2005-08-05



    MOORPARK, Calif. -- Land Speed Record holder Pat Rummerfield, whose recovery from quadriplegia is rated as a modern medical miracle, is bounding down the speed record trail again.



    Rummerfield will drive a roadster in quest of American class records during the upcoming Bonneville Speed Week trials at Wendover, Utah, Aug. 12-18, in a vehicle built and owned by veteran speed merchant Gil Gillis of Moorpark. It's called the Xtreme Freedom Special. Gillis already holds gasoline and fuel-burning records in the 2-liter G Modified Roadster class driving the same car.



    Rummerfield will race the Extreme Freedom Special powered by a 3-liter Toyota engine in the F Modified Roadster class, where the existing records are 239.199 mph and 251.299 mph in fuel- and gas-burning classes.



    The car will make its run for the record on Goodyear tires. Goodyear is the world's most successful tiremaker in land speed history.



    Rummerfield is the Director of Development for Kennedy Krieger Institute's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, an affiliate of John's Hopkins. He holds world records for the electric-motor-powered streamliners set six years ago at Bonneville. While speed is the immediate challenge, his more important goal is to call attention to the efforts of the Kennedy Krieger Institute's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury researchers and clinicians to end the suffering brought on by spinal cord injuries and to raise money for their work.



    Rummerfield set the electric car world record of 245.523 mph in 1999 and an American record of 251.322 mph the same year. In 2000 he was presented ESPN's highest award for courage and perseverance in amateur athletics, the ARETE trophy.



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    Pat Rummerfield to make world record attempt

    Pat Rummerfield to make world record attempt

    Racing series LSR Date 2005-08-05



    MOORPARK, Calif. -- Land Speed Record holder Pat Rummerfield, whose recovery from quadriplegia is rated as a modern medical miracle, is bounding down the speed record trail again.



    Rummerfield will drive a roadster in quest of American class records during the upcoming Bonneville Speed Week trials at Wendover, Utah, Aug. 12-18, in a vehicle built and owned by veteran speed merchant Gil Gillis of Moorpark. It's called the Xtreme Freedom Special. Gillis already holds gasoline and fuel-burning records in the 2-liter G Modified Roadster class driving the same car.



    Rummerfield will race the Extreme Freedom Special powered by a 3-liter Toyota engine in the F Modified Roadster class, where the existing records are 239.199 mph and 251.299 mph in fuel- and gas-burning classes.


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    Cool Gillis, Rummerfield seek record

    Gillis, Rummerfield seek record

    Racing series LSR Date 2005-08-12

    RUMMERFIELD, GILLIS: SPEED A TOOL AND RECOVERY IS THE GOAL







    CAMARILLO, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2005) -- Records are made to be broken. Pat Rummerfield and Gil Gillis are here to break them.



    Rummerfield will climb into a Toyota-powered roadster on the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats this weekend and attempt to set a new land speed record for roadsters with three-liter engines. The effort is sponsored by Gillis, who has already set records in the same car with a different engine on board.



    The men are united by a quest for speed and by the desire to pick up the pace in the search for improved medical treatment for spinal cord injuries. They use the land speed effort as a marketing tool to increase awareness of the work done at the Kennedy Krieger Institute's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury.



    The Center is affiliated with Johns Hopkins and is located next door to the famed care center in Baltimore, Md. Rummerfield credits his recovery to the groundbreaking therapy developed by the Center's Dr. John McDonald. McDonald also worked with the late Christopher Reeve after the actor was paralyzed.



    "I do it because I can do it and I want to do it," Gillis said. "I think what Pat is doing is good for people that need help."



    Gillis, who lives in Camarillo, holds two land speed records for a modified roadster with a two-liter engine, one using gasoline and one using a more exotic fuel. A successful businessman, the 65-year-old Gillis met Rummerfield when they were racing stock cars at Irwindale Speedway.



    Rummerfield, who lives in St. Louis and is the Director of Development at the Center, is already a land speed record holder. He set the mark for electric-powered streamliner cars six years ago, but now he wants more speed from the Gillis car and more public awareness of the Center.


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    Rummerfield, Xtreme Freedom Special Bonneville preview

    Rummerfield, Xtreme Freedom Special Bonneville preview

    Racing series LSR Date 2005-08-13

    THE XTREME FREEDOM SPECIAL: THIS THING IS DIFFERENT







    AZUSA, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2005) -- By any definition, the Xtreme Freedom Special is a different sort of automobile.



    A roadster, it is powered by a six-cylinder engine and it is has a front-wheel driveline. It seats only the driver and carries no radio or air conditioning.



    And it is designed to hit speeds above 250 mph.



    The Xtreme Freedom Special, owned by Gil Gillis of Camarillo and driven by Pat Rummerfield of St. Louis, Mo., are at the Bonneville Salt Flats this weekend in a bid to break the existing record for the Southern California Timing Association's F Modified Class. The record is 238.199 mph for fuel cars and 251.299 for gasoline cars.



    Jamie Barnett's Xtreme Motorsports in Azusa built the Special. The company builds specialty vehicles for a wide range of applications. The car's sponsors include Azteca, PSI, MMOA, Sawyer Engines and Barnett's company.



    The Special is already a record setter. Gillis used it to set records in the G Modified class, using a four-cylinder engine.



    For the run at the F Modified record, the Special will use a turbocharged, six-cylinder Toyota engine capable of generating more than 500 horsepower. The car has a 160-inch wheelbase and weighs approximately 2,000 pounds.

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    Quadriplegic race team owner moves ahead with faith, family

    By TOM GARDNER
    ASSOCIATED PRESS





    In January 2000, promising IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt slammed into a wall during a testing session at Orlando, Fla., damaging his spinal cord and losing all feeling from his chest down.

    It ended Schmidt's driving career and nearly ended his life. But it sparked a determination to keep racing and to conquer the misfortune that has him fettered to a wheelchair.

    "I don't know whether it's the nature of an athlete in general, or just me, but now that I've met a number of people in the past five years with different levels of disabilities, it's all about your attitude," he said.

    "You have the option of just staying home and being a couch potato or trying to attack the future."

    In motorsports, Schmidt, 41, has attacked the Menard's Infiniti Pro Series with a team featuring trio of rookie drivers who head into their final race this weekend at California Speedway in Fontana out of title contention, but in the hunt to finish in the top three in season points.

    Travis Gregg, 27, who does victory back flips (three this year) like NASCAR's Carl Edwards, is third with 426 points behind Wade Cunningham at 467 and within reach of second-place driver Jeff Simmons (434).

    Gregg's teammates at Sam Schmidt Motorsports, 24-year-old Jamie Camara is fifth at 383 and 19-year-old Chris Festa is sixth with 355 points. "It's not easy for him to come to races and it takes him a lot longer and it's hard for him," Gregg said. "But he has a lot of experience as a driver and he can relay that."
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