Bari Musawwir has been to Melbourne each year since 2015 and will return for a fifth consecutive start. He has driven Zombie and EarthShaker on Australian tours. He won the Wheelie competition in 2015 and has a Racing record of 3-3 in AAMI Park.
What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
Bari Musawwir: Football, basketball, Radio Controlled Trucks, Graphic Design, Real Estate, jet skiing and watching movies.
Who are your role models?
Bari Musawwir: My Parents.
Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
Bari Musawwir: I just talk to my family before the show.
What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
Bari Musawwir: Zombies creep me out.
What is your favorite memory on or off the race track?< br/> Bari Musawwir: Winning the Young Guns event in 2012 at the Monster Jam World Finals.
What is your most prized possession?
Bari Musawwir: My family
Life on the Road with Monster Jam
What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
Bari Musawwir: The best is you get to see the world and meet new people, the worst is you miss your family and what they do while you’re gone.
While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
Bari Musawwir: Try different restaurants. I love good food.
How do you keep fit?< br/> Bari Musawwir: I try to exercise, eat healthy and drink water, and I try to keep up with my son who has tons of energy.
What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
Bari Musawwir: Toothbrush, toothpaste, phone, tablet and clean clothes.
What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
Bari Musawwir: Las Vegas. It’s the most fun.
How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
Bari Musawwir: I knew I wanted to be a Monster Jam truck driver at the early age of six after my mom took me to my very first show at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1986. I always had a love affair with cars and trucks and, as a kid, I would draw and build plastic models, and make vehicle sound effects all the time. I eventually got into Radio Controlled Cars and trucks at the age of 11 and haven’t looked back since. I started competing at National Radio Controlled Truck Pulling Association events (NR/CTPA) events at age 12 with my first truck. I eventually got better at driving and started placing at events. I gradually added more and more RC trucks to my racing stable over the years. After many years of successful racing, I moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Tampa, Florida in the year 2000 to finish college. This is where I met Scott Hartsock with the Slinger Monster Jam truck team. Scott took me under his wing and showed me the ropes of Monster Jam and introduced me to another R/C Monster Jam truck enthusiast named Fred Reep. I helped Fred hold local RC Monster Jam truck events in Florida for a few years until one day Fred had a vision to hold R/C Monster Jam truck events at Digger’s Dungeon, the home of Grave Digger. The event became a reality in 2006, and this is where I got my big break. I was discovered by Monster Jam VP of Operations Bill Easterly, who just happened to be at Digger’s Dungeon during the same weekend as the racing event. Mr. Easterly took notice of my RC Monster Jam truck driving skills and asked me if I had any motorsports experience. I replied no, just RC Monster Jam truck racing. He said ok. I then went on to win the freestyle competition at the very same event. This must have been what sealed the deal for Bill to invite me back to the property a week later to participate in a private Monster Jam truck test session. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! I was very excited for this opportunity. Much to everyone’s surprise, they said I did very well, even considering I had no prior motorsports experience. This was a dream come true for me and I was very grateful for the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. After I got back home from the test session, I was eager to start racing Monster Jam trucks professionally, but I didn’t get the call right away. In the meantime, I kept in touch with the Monster Jam crew frequently, and got the opportunity to participate at the Monster Jam Pit Parties with our Monster Jam truck racing club. We held RC Monster Jam truck racing and freestyle events during the pit parties of all the Florida Monster Jam events. Eventually, I got the call I had been hoping for, with another opportunity to test drive again two years later in June of 2008. After my second successful test session, I was excited about getting a chance to finally compete which took two more years. After four years of hoping and praying, I was very fortunate to get my opportunity of a life time to compete in my first Monster Jam event driving Backwards Bob, in Panama City, Panama. Ironically, on Memorial Day weekend, the same weekend that I got me noticed some four years earlier.
What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
Bari Musawwir: It’s so gratifying to live out a childhood dream as my career in hopes that I might inspire the Monster Jam fans that I meet along the way.
How would you describe your driving style?
Bari Musawwir: Calculated. I try to plan out what I want to do when I want to do it. The nature of these 1,500 horsepower, 12,000-pound trucks makes you improvise on the fly though. In the end, I try to leave the fans with a lasting impression to remember me by.
What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
Bari Musawwir: Make wise choices with the people you surround yourself with, work hard toward achieving your goals, get your education in school first and educate yourself about the industry, try and volunteer your time with Monster Jam truck teams to learn as much as you can.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
Bari Musawwir: Doing my first show in Panama City, Panama, driving the Backwards Bob Monster Jam truck.
Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
Bari Musawwir: Scott Hartsock, because he is a veteran of the industry who gave me my first opportunity to learn about Monster Jam trucks from a business standpoint!
Do you have any nicknames?
Bari Musawwir: BAM (my Initials)
What’s your favorite movie?
Bari Musawwir: Coming To America
What’s your favorite television show?
Bari Musawwir: Power
What’s your favorite color?
Bari Musawwir: Red
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Bari Musawwir: Steak
How would your friends and family describe you?
Bari Musawwir: Laid back, genuine, handy, helpful, fun loving and happy.