started in racing in early 1960's racing go karts in southwest Ohio. Ran sit up sprint karts on dirt ovals and paved 1/2 mile road courses plus Enduro karts at Daytona, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Indianapolis.
Ran dirt sprint car at Eldora mid 1970's.
Added some paved oval and lots of dirt oval here in Florida in Hobby Stock, Modified and Limited Late Models.
Highlights of driving career -
Yearly championships won in karts. National championship on dirt kart in Daytona 1983. At St. Augustine dirt track 4 wins including biggest $1000 to win race of the year in 1996 plus 3rd in points. At Volusia 11 wins in 21 races and championship in 1998. Won heat race at Volusia Winternationals against best in country in 1999. Last race ran was in early 2000's at Putnam County finishing 3rd after starting 20th in feature. No longer driving due to some diminishing eye sight and vertigo problems from hitting my head too many times in these old race cars but worth every minute of it.
Lowpoint of career-
Flipping nose to tale several times in open wheel modified down the backstretch at Volusia 3/8 mile dirt track during Winternationals. Started coming out of turn 2 and didn't stop until flipping over guard rail and punching nose of car through the fence separating pits from track going into turn 3.
Pat Gross - owner and pit crew
started in racing driving in sit up karts for several years with lots of wins on 1/2 mile paved road courses. Also raced at Daytona Speedway sit up sprint karts.
Prepares tools, buffs tires, readies equipment and changes tires at track. Cleans car and removes body panels as needed mornings after races.