Dan Runte Bio | Latest News
Class: MTRA (Special Events)
2015 Truck: BIGFOOT #18 Ford Super Duty
Years Competing: 25
Career Championships: 11 (2012-14, 2007/twice, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1996, 1995)
Longest Jump: 214 feet (World Record, 2012, Indianapolis, IN)
Fastest Speed: 86.56 MPH (1/8 mile)
Notable: MTRA Driver of the Year; 1993, 1995, and 1999
Residence: Freeport, IL
Hometown: Freeport, IL
Date of Birth: May 30, 1964
2014: Celebrates 25th Anniversary with BIGFOOT, debutes commemorative body for the season. Captures third consecutive Toughest Monster Truck Tour Championship.
2013: Wins second consecutive Toughest Monster Truck Tour Championship. Finishes second in outdoor 4-Wheel Jamboree Series.
2012: Debuts Summit Racing/BIGFOOT #18. Wins Toughest Monster Truck Tour indoor series championship with 943 total points. Sets world record for longest ramp jump in a monster truck (214 feet, 8 inches).
2010: Set world record for top speed in the 1/8-mile (86.56 MPH). Reset track record in figure 8 race course in Salt Lake City (27.78 seconds). Posted six national event wins. Visited U.S. service personnel at Ramstein Air Force Base and Kaiserslauten Military Hospital in Germany as part of Team Summit/USO support mission.
2009: Set world record for top speed in the 1/4-mile (84.49 MPH). Won 23 times in 41 race and freestyle events.
2007: Takes over driving duties in BIGFOOT #16. Won Checkered Flag Winter Championships. Wins championship in inagural MLMT Racing Championships.
2004: Takes over driving duties in BIGFOOT #15. Finished second in the ProMT Series.
2003: Won the Checkered Flag Winter Championship Series.
2002: Won the Checkered Flag Championship Series. Finished second in the ProMT Serie.s
2001: Finished first in ProMT racing series.
2000: Finished second int he ProMT racing series. Jumped over BIGFOOT #1 and Snake Bite at Jamboree in Bloomsburg, PA. Jumped over a tractor-trailer on the UPN Network's TV series, "I Dare You".
1999: Won Checkered Flag Grand National Championship. Earned MTRA Driver of the Year for third time--the only driver to do so. Shattered own long jump record with a 202-foot jump over a 727 jetliner in Nashville, TN.
1997: Finished second in the Penda Points Series.
1996: Finished first in Penda Points Series. Is the winningest driver in Penda Series history with 24 wins since 1993.
1995: Finished first in the Penda Points Series with eights wins in 15 events--a single-season record.
1994: Finished second in Penda Points Series.
1993: Finished fourth in the Penda Points Series.
1991: Visited Australia and competed in 41 events in 87 days.