Living his dream: Monster Jam driver Joe Urie loves ‘the thrills’

By Kamryn Guye
Times-News
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Monster Jam truck driver Joe Urie is "living his dream." [Photo submitted

When most people think of monster trucks, they think of three things — dirt, debris and destruction.
   But according to Monster Jam truck driver Joe Urie, the show is so much more than that.
   “There’s nothing else in the world like the Monster Truck Jam. It’s completely unexpected. It’s so much more than us just crushing cars,” said Urie, who drives the Zombie truck.
    Urie, who has been competing in the show for two years, grew up a fan of the Monster Truck Jam. It was his childhood dream to become a Monster Jam driver, so when he received the opportunity to attend Monster Jam University, he knew what he had to do.
    “I just kept passing the exams and eventually I got to drive the monster trucks. Last year, I did my first tour on the east coast,” he said.
    The Monster Jam is a monster truck racing competition and championship tour. The show features both men and women, along with two-wheel skills and freestyle segments.
    “I love the thrill,” Urie said. “It’s so powerful and so loud. One of my favorite parts is seeing how high I can get the truck in the air.”
    Though the stunts are the most thrilling part of the show, according to Urie, they’re also the most difficult part of the job.
    “The two-wheel skills are so complex because you have to shift in and out of gear, but when it comes out right, it’s beautiful,” he said.
       Monster Jam was a big part of Urie’s life growing up, and now that he’s living his dream, he claims that the best part of it all, is the fans.
    “My favorite part is the pit party before the show where the fans can come out and meet the drivers. It’s my favorite because I get to meet the fans and hear their experiences and memories,” he said.
    Monster Jam will be at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Monster Jam is coming to Greensboro Coliseum Complex at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday and to the PNC Arena in Raleigh at 7 p.m. March 7 and 1 p.m. March 8. Tickets range from $16 to $20, and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
Kamryn Guye is a senior at Williams High School and a Times-News intern. 
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