Growing up with a sports background, Joe Urie never thought that one day his childhood dream of driving in Monster Jam would come true. Running from February 28th to March 1st at the Royal Farms Arena, Monster Jam is a live motorsport event series begun in 1992 with the main attraction being the racing and freestyle competitions by monster trucks. Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down with Missouri-native Joe Urie to discuss what audiences can expect at this years event.
Frankie Kujawa: Have you always been a competitive, adrenaline-seeking type of person?
Joe Urie: As a child, I never had an off season because I would play football, wrestle, or compete in track and field. Pole vaulting was always my favorite and most successful event.
For readers whove never attended, what is the Monster Jam experience like?
There are no words that can truly describe Monster Jam. When you come to an event, be ready to not only feel the power, smell the race fuel, and see the most amazing event in the world but be a part of history. At Monster Jam, no event is the same and it is a constantly adapting sport, where you may very well see a trick never done before. You will not only leave with a smile on your face but with lifelong memories!
Whats the most exciting thing about driving in Monster Jam?
For me its the adrenaline rush of the whole event. Every part of it is exciting because we not only race Monster Jam trucks but ATVs and Speedsters.
Whats the most challenging part?
The most challenging part is waiting for my next event. This is my childhood dream so every time I get to drive, it means so much to me.
Sometimes waiting several weeks or months between events, gives me an itch I cant scratch until I strap back in the truck!
- Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.
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