Monster Jam is a live motorsport event tour and television show operated by Feld Entertainment. The series is sanctioned under the umbrella of the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) and takes place primarily in the United States. Although individual event formats can vary greatly based on the "intermission" entertainment, the main attraction is always the racing and freestyle competitions by monster trucks.
Monster Jam shows are held throughout the whole year with more shows during the winter than the summer, and travel around the county in U.S. and Canada. Now with international tour expansion, new fans of all ages are enjoying the shows in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and soon Asia. Monster Jam fans are loyal and dedicated because they enjoy access to the performers and their amazing machines. Every fan attending a Monster Jam event is given the opportunity to meet the stars of the show during the unique "Pit Party" and autograph sessions. The drivers of Monster Jam will stay at the "Pit Parties" until the last autograph is signed.
At Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam shows, monster trucks face off in two different forms of competition - Racing and Freestyle. In the smaller shows they have a wheelie competition and / or a donut contest or sometimes even both. The goal in the wheelie competition is to hit a ramp and get big air while remaining perpendicular to the ground. In the donut competition a driver tries to spin his truck until he/she gets dizzy, the truck can't go any more, or they think they have a good enough score to win. Side-by-side racing is traditional heads-up tournament racing, where the first truck to cross the finish line moves onto the next round until it is eliminated or wins the racing trophy by winning the Championship race. The freestyle competition allows drivers 90 seconds plus a 30 second bonus period on an open floor to show off their skills as they drive the huge trucks over cars, and doing stunts and tricks that make these massive high-horsepower vehicles appear to dance gracefully across the track. The freestyle winner is determined by 3 judges each giving a score out of 10. There are two winners from both events, however if the same person that won racing that night also won freestyle that night then they get the biggest trophy, next to the world finals trophy, the Double Down trophy, named after the Double Down activities in Las Vegas at the Monster Jam World Finals.
The tour begins in the late winter each year and ends in March with the World finals in Las Vegas every year. The tour visits almost all major cites in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Some events are on TV. Monster Jam formerly aired on TNN and SPEED, however Monster Jam temporarily cancelled on August 17, 2013 when Speed turned into Fox Sports 1, but it will be revived on Fox Sports 1 in January 2014. The 2013 season in review aired on CBS as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular. Clips from events are periodically posted on Monster Jam's official YouTube and Facebook pages.
Mattel's Hot Wheels brand produces officially licensed toy versions of monster trucks under the Monster Jam name. They also sponsored a monster truck, which competed in the series in previous years. However in 2008, the Hot Wheels truck was not on the circuit, replaced in the line up by Donkey Kong. But then in late 2011, Monster Jam announced a new Hot Wheels truck. The current driver of it is Scott Buetow, and at the 2012 World Finals, Neil Elliot drove it in his Maximum Destruction chassis.
Five officially licensed Monster Jam video games have been produced. The first two, Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction, a vehicular combat game, and Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal, an arcade racing game, were published by Ubisoft. The third, titled simply Monster Jam, was released by Activision on November 13, 2007, and a sequel to it called Monster Jam: Urban Assault was released on October 28, 2008. A fifth game, Monster Jam: Path of Destruction, was released on November 9, 2010.