Monster Jam Interviews "Mr. Excitement"
Monster Jam Media
Mar 1, 2012
Monster Jam: Where and when did you
acquire the nickname “Mr. Excitement”?
Jim Koehler: The nickname came from the
great Scott Douglass way back in 2001 when I had an over the top performance
and was wild on the mic. Ever since then
the nickname just kind of stuck and I felt that I needed to live up to the new
nickname in front of my Monster Jam fans.
Jam: Tell us about the new paint job you have for fans each Advance Auto
Parts Monster Jam World Finals?
Jim Koehler: After I won the freestyle
world championship in 2003 the crew and I wanted to do something cool as a
defending champion so we reversed the colors of the body to orange with green
flames down the side of it. The new paint job was a hit at the Monster Jam
World Finals so we decided to come up with a new paint job every year to make
the Monster Jam World Finals a little more special for the fans.
Jam: Will the 2012 Monster Jam World Finals paint job be able to top last
years and why?
Jim Koehler: I hope we can keep topping
the paint jobs, but it keeps getting harder to come up with new and cool ideas.
I guess the fans can decide if we made it better or which year is their
Monster Jam: Can Fans expect to see a
repeat performance in freestyle at the Monster Jam World Finals?
I’m hoping to repeat! I feel that if I’m going
last in freestyle as the defending champion, I have a good shot because I will
have seen everyone else’s runs. I will
just have to top them and it’s been a great year so far with two stadium wins
and a lot of 2nd and 3rd place finishes. I think I am on a roll but the competition is
very good so we will see. All I know is
that I’m ready to tear it up and the Avenger is good to go.
Monster Jam: Considering Avenger is inspired
by a 57 Chevy, is there any particular reason why you rock that body style?
Jim Koehler: It’s
an American classic and I have always been a hot rodder my whole life. Growing up my family has always been gear
head hot rodders so it is only natural for me to have a classic. It defines me.