Monster Jam truck driver Brianna Mahon is in her fifth year on the circuit and, from day one, if she is asked why someone would want to attend this type racing entertainment, she has a pat answer for him or her.
“I tell them they may pay for their seat, but will be seated on the edge of it throughout the competition due to the excitement and the roar of those truck engines,” the Southland, Illinois, resident said.
Mahon, who drives the Monster Jam truck named Whiplash, will be one of the few women drivers taking part in the annual Monster Jam competition Feb. 23 and 24 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.
A news release on the event called the competition an “unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable family friendly motor sport entertainment event.”
The 2019 season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills and freestyle competitions, the release stated.
Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control a 12,000-pound machines capable of doing back flips, vertical two-wheel “wheelies” and racing at speeds up to 70 mph in an enclosed arena, according to the release.
During the competition, fans in the stadium will have their chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium voting on their smartphones.
“I love coming to Mercedes-Benz for many reasons, but two of the best include it being a big venue with plenty of floor spaces so you can get your truck high into the air and be able to do some awesome tricks,” Mahon said. “In addition, there will be some big-name monster truck competitors there, so the competition will be tough, but you only improve your game by facing top competitors, which I am looking forward to.”
In addition to Whiplash, some other monster truck competitors expected to participate will be Grave Digger, Dragon-Ice, Monster Energy, El Toro Loco, Jester, Kraken, Black Stallion, Overkill Evolution, Overboard and Black Pearl. However, trucks and drivers are subject to change prior to the race, the release stated.
Fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Monster Jam trucks and drivers with the purchase of a pit party pass that allows them early access to the event on the field for photo opportunities and autographs.
Tickets start at $19 and pit party passes are $20. The Feb. 23 pit party is scheduled from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by the competition at 7 p.m., and an early access pit party pass, which costs $50, allows attendees to attend that day’s pit party from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Feb. 24 competition starts at 3 p.m. following the pit party from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.monsterjam.com.