Dan Patrick and SAMSON

Dan Patrick started his motorsports amateur career at the age of 17, competing with multiple engine tractor pulls at the local and state levels. In 1983, Dan began devoting all of his time to the pulling competitions, traveling the United States and Canada, placing seventh in the overall points in the modified tractor class. In 1985 Patrick's modified two wheel drive pulling funny car named "WARLORD", became so well known that the PLAYSKOOL TOY COMPANY built a replica of the car and featured a cartoon series that is still aired today. Dan's success was noticed by drag racing legend, Tom "The Mongoo$e" McEwen, who approached Dan about forming a partnership along with the COORS Brewrey of Golden State, Colorado. In 1986 and 1987 Patrick found himself campaigning two puller funny cars for COORS with great success, and in 1987 he built and introduced the first dragster style puller.

Dan extended his operation in 1988 by purchasing the very popular SAMSON Monster Truck and joined United Sports of America's MOTOR SPECTACULAR events as a Monster Truck Competitor. In 1989, Bigfoot 4x4, Inc. creator and owner, Bob Chandler, approached Dan to help design and build the next generation of Bigfoot Monster Trucks. Patrick worked on the construction of Bigfoot #8, 9, and 10. Throughout this period, Dan was also a Bigfoot driver and continued to travel with his own Monster Truck under the name of the COORS EXTRA GOLD SAMSON. Today, Dan continues his association with the Bigfoot organization by building chassis for the team and remains involved in other Bigfoot ventures.

Dan was approached to build a Monster Truck around the hit television series AMERICAN GLADIATORS. The all new 3-D design SAMSON muscle truck debuted in January of 1993 and has performed across the country gaining in popularity with every show. The unique design of the SAMSON Monster Truck and Dan's custom build transporter, equipped with living quarters, hospitality lounge, and a repair shop are easily recognised by fans and stand out from the competition.

In 1993, Dan received the Solid as a Rock Chevrolet award in the Monster Truck division.

The 1994 season brought new opportunities for Dan to participate in the nationally televised PENDA POINTS SERIES Monster Truck competition. In his rookie season, Dan finished 5th in the overall points and was the first Monster Truck ever to beat the magic 5 second mark with a run of 4.983 seconds at the Bloomsburg, PA Summer 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals. SAMSON was also the first Chevrolet in the winners circle since the summer of 1992. Dan went on to pick up his first win of the season at that Bloomsburg event.