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Batman racing in Phoenix, Arizona
|Owner and driver information|
|Home city||Frackville, Pennsylvania|
|Body style||Custom concept body|
|Engine||540 ci. Merlin Chevy|
Batman is a monster truck competing on the USHRA circuit, where it is the 2007 and 2008 Monster Jam World Racing Champion. The truck is officially licensed by DC Comics and has a replica of the Batmobile as the body. It is driven by John Seasock and debuted with Jason Childress driving in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2006. It has also competed in six Monster Jam World Finals, and won racing in both the 2007 and 2008 events. The body was designed at Downs Manufacturing in Lawton, Michigan by Jamie Downs and his team of designers, Terry Payne of Arlington,TX, and Doug Forbes of Three Rivers, MI. In 2013, Batman received a new look with half-sized fins and a new bat logo. In 2014, two time racing world champion John Seasock returned to the driver's seat of Batman.
In 2014, Marvel/DC's contract expired, taking off all of the Marvel/DC licensed trucks, including Batman.
World Finals appearances
Batman has made nine appearances in the World Finals. Both years shared a different driver. In 2006, Jason Childress drove it. Then in 2007, John Seasock drove it and took home the World Finals Championship. The truck repeated the feat and retained the World Racing Championship in 2008.
In 2009, the original Batman truck became Grave Digger #22 (Driven by Charlie Pauken). Seasock drove a new Batman chassis which made its debut in 2009. At world finals 10 he went out in round one against Lupe Soza in El Toro Loco. At world finals 11 he beat Chad Fortune in Superman but lost to Damon Bradshaw in the Air Force Afterburner.
In 2011, former Blue Thunder driver, Norm Miller started driving Batman after John went to drive the Advance Auto Parts Grinder. At World Finals 12 he lost in Round 2 to Grave Digger and scored an 18 in freestyle. At World Finals 14 Norm Crashed into Metal Mulisha in Racing and Got Hurt So Carl Van Horn Filling For him in Freestyle and Scored 6 in Freestyle after a Crash Early Run.