Tony Ochs

4 Questions for Monster Truck Driver Tony Ochs

January 19-20, Monster Jam cruises into the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

We spoke with Tony Ochs, driver of the Soldier Fortune Black Ops truck, about the adrenaline-packed rally.

What drew you to this sport?

I grew up riding ATVs and all types of sports vehicles. I started competing with Monster Jam in 2016, after spending 10 years in the Army. Every time I drive, I pay tribute to veterans and soldiers.

These Monster Trucks are about 10 feet tall and weigh 12,000 pounds. How can this be safe?

The driver’s compartment is a steel safety structure, built from tubing and mounted to the truck frame. All drivers wear head-to-toe fire-retardant gear and are strapped into a custom-made seat with a five-point harness.

What type of special training is needed?

All drivers have to go through Monster Jam University, where they train with 11-time world champion Tom  Meents. You also have to be physically and mentally fit to keep up – I thank the Army for that.

What should guests expect to see?

There’s ATV racing, a timed obstacle course and head-to-head racing with speedsters (side-by-side UTVs) – complete with jumps of up to 40 feet. The freestyle competition is always an audience favorite. Drivers do stunts  like donuts, balancing acts or nose-wheelies.


GO SEE IT: Tickets start at $15. Visit monsterjam.com for more information.


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Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.