Many of our Monster Jam events start with a pre-show Pit Party, which gives fans the best opportunity to meet the drivers and get autographs or pictures. These Pit Parties require a separate admission ticket, along with a ticket for the Monster Jam show.
Please check your event details for the times of the Pit Party, which may be held outdoors or on the actual competition floor. Due to large crowds, some autograph lines may close early. Plan to spend as much time as you can in a Pit Party. There are plenty of additional activities for all ages to help you get ready for your Monster Jam show.
Monster Jam drivers come from all walks of life, but they are united by the desire to raise the bar on their performances. A Monster Jam driver does more than just drive, he or she is directly connected to the fans, signing autographs and posing for pictures during the Pit Party.
There are many paths to becoming a Monster Jam driver. Talent scouts are always on the lookout for those who can do the job and new drivers make the roster every year.
A recent innovation is the development of driver training programs. Working in conjunction with specialists and experienced Monster Jam drivers, trainees are taught everything from basic operation, safety, improving driver skills and public relations. Much of the training is done at “Monster Jam University” facility in Illinois, which offers realistic tracks and obstacles in order to prepare the future Monster Jam driver for what lies ahead.
After opening ceremonies, the competition begins with many featured elements (including the following)
Racing (Timed) – An obstacle course competition where the fastest to complete the course is the winner. It showcases the driver’s ability and the truck’s agility.
Wheelies – Monster Jam drivers will have multiple opportunities to perform the best wheelie, bringing at least two wheels into the air. This is a judged competition.
Donuts - Trucks perform in designated flat areas with the objective to rotate the truck as many times and as quickly as possible. This is a judged competition
Racing (Head -to-Head) - Competitors report to a starting line. On a green signal, the trucks head along a prescribed course to a finish line with first to legally complete the course advancing in competition. Winners will advance until two trucks remain with the finals determining the racing champion. Racing may be preceded by qualifying to establish brackets.
Freestyle – Competitors perform tricks and stunts throughout the floor area in a designated time. This is a judged competition. A Freestyle in a stadium environment may include additional “bonus time”.
Judges – A panel of audience members who view the competition and assign a value to the performance. Each judge can score from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Once scores are reported, the highest score and lowest score are disregarded. The total of the scores is the score for the competition. In the event of a tie, the highest high score dropped will be the first tiebreaker. If still tied, the highest low score dropped will become the tiebreaker. If it is still tied, a tiebreaking official will break the tie to determine a winner.
Points – Tours will award points for individual competitions. These points are tallied throughout the performance to determine an event champion.