Randy Renfrow arrangements

Randy Renfrow, the cagey racing veteran whose career ended earlier this year, died at the age of 46 on Friday after sustaining head injuries in a household accident. Renfrow began his professional career in 1981. He won the AMA 250 Grand Prix ...

Randy Renfrow, the cagey racing veteran whose career ended earlier this year, died at the age of 46 on Friday after sustaining head injuries in a household accident.

Renfrow began his professional career in 1981. He won the AMA 250 Grand Prix championship in 1983, the Formula One title in 1986 and the Pro Twins Series in 1989.

Renfrow apparently fell down a flight of stairs at his parents home in Virgina, hitting his head. He was taken to the Inova Fairfax Hospital where surgeons attempted to alleviate swelling in the brain.

After the surgery he showed no signs of improvement and was pronounced brain dead. Renfrow is survived by his brother, Shawn, and his parents, Mick and Edith.

Renfrow's career spanned 22 years and included three AMA road racing titles during that time. While he was always recognized as a consummate professional and stellar racer he might best be known for an accident at Willow Springs where he lost his thumb in an accident and had a big toe removed to replace the fallen digit.

"I've never seen a more determined rider than Randy," said Ron Barrick, AMA Pro Racing road racing manager who was Renfrow's mechanic during his Formula One and 250 Grand Prix championships. "Randy and I became friends through racing in the late 70s. We spent many years on the road going from event to event, experiencing the wide range of ups and downs that are always a part of racing success or failure. He gained the respect of his peers with his tenacious spirit as he continued to race at a high level, well after his peak championship winning years, simply for the thrill of the competition. He will be missed by everyone at AMA Pro Racing and by all of those that crossed paths with him during his long career."

His career came to a close at the start of the 2002 road racing season when he was slammed from behind during the warm up lap of the GP250 race. Renfrow was taken to the hospital where he received treatment for 28 broken bones, which ended his 22 year career.

"I've never seen a more determined rider than Randy," said Ron Barrick, AMA Pro Racing road racing manager who was Renfrow's mechanic during his Formula One and 250 Grand Prix championships. "Randy and I became friends through racing in the late 70s. We spent many years on the road going from event to event, experiencing the wide range of ups and downs that are always a part of racing success or failure. He gained the respect of his peers with his tenacious spirit as he continued to race at a high level, well after his peak championship winning years, simply for the thrill of the competition. He will be missed by everyone at AMA Pro Racing and by all of those that crossed paths with him during his long career."

Randy Renfrow Funeral Information

Visitation for Randy Renfrow will be Monday evening August 12, 2002 from 6-9 PM at

Covenant Funeral Service
4801 Jefferson Davis Highway
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
540-898-4326

His funeral service will be Tuesday AM at 11:00 at:

Stafford Baptist Church
2202 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA 22554
540-659-7729

According to his brother, Shawn, Randy Renfrow supported Motor Racing Outreach and also the Missions Fund at the Stafford Baptist Church, presumably both would accept donations in his name.

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