Like many drivers, Pat started his racing career as a crewmember working with D-Rod racing through the mid 90s. After several years behind the scenes, he decided to build a team of his own and get "behind the wheel."
As a rookie driver in 1997, Pat qualified at 22 events in one of IHRA's most competitiveclasses. Quick Rod draws anywhere from 60 to 100 of the nation's top drivers at a typicalnational event. In his first year of competition, Pat regularly qualified in the top 10 and finished in the top 20 in total points (IHRA World Championship Series).
During the 1998 and 1999 campaigns, Pat could be seen regularly at Ohio Valley Raceway's"Quick 16" program in Louisville KY. After two successful years in Louisville and a year off, Pat returnedto IHRA in 2001 with a new car and a purpose. He finished the year in the top 10 in points in IHRA'sDivision 5 and then repeated the performance in 2003 finishing 5th in IHRA's Division 1.
In late 2004, Pat happily returned to D-Rod racing as a driver/partner. For the 2006 season, Pat willbe driving in two different classes throughout 22 events during the season including National Events,Division 1 events, as well as Division 3 events.
Pat and his wife DeeAnn have been blessed with four Children. Kaley, the oldest, is 6 years old andis already lobbying for a junior dragster when she turns eight. Joe and Will are 3 year old twins who taketurns checking the air in Dad's tires. Some day they will learn how to do this with an air pressure gauge.PJ, the two year old, just likes watching the fast cars. Of course, he thinks every dragster that does downthe track is driven by his daddy. Pat finished 2006 with a trip to the finals in Quick Rod at the Universal Technical Institutes World Finals in Rockingham,NC. In the very tough North Stars division of IHRA competition Pat became the 2007 IHRA Division Three Quick Rod Champion. 2007: IHRA Quick Rod Division Three Champion; IHRA Quick Rod Winner Division 3, Milan, MI; IHRA Quick Rod Runner Up Division 3, Martin, MI.