Jim Koehler

Jim Koehler

Residence : Columbus, MI Began Competing : 1997 Birthday : July 13
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About Me

What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
Jim Koehler
: Welding and fabricating, riding four-wheelers, boating and jet skiing.

Who are your role models?
Jim Koehler
: John Force and Dale Earnhardt.

Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?<
Jim Koehler
: I usually tape things to my cab. A note to motivate me, a coin that I find for good luck or something I received from a fan.

What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
Jim Koehler
: I think by now, everyone knows everything about me.

What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
Jim Koehler
: My newest, favorite memory was when we did an amazing job in racing and freestyle at the 2017 Monster Jam World Finals in a brand-new truck that we build. It was the first weekend it was ever driven.

What’s your most prized possession?
Jim Koehler
: My trucks!

Life on the Road with Monster Jam

What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
Jim Koehler
: For me, the worst part is being away from home and driving all those miles to every show. The best is seeing the country and meeting all of the great fans and of course, getting to play with all of the Monster Jam trucks.

While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
Jim Koehler
: What free time? There isn’t any free time on the road.

How do you keep fit?
Jim Koehler
: Hard work keeps me fit. I never sit around.

What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
Jim Koehler
: Clothes and the basics. I’m a guy, I don’t take much to survive.

What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
Jim Koehler
: Las Vegas because it’s the Monster Jam World Finals! There’s so much going on.

Career

How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
Jim Koehler
: I built my own truck from scratch and started competing with it. I guess they liked what they saw!

What’s your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
Jim Koehler
: The level of competition.

How would you describe your driving style?
Jim Koehler
: Moderately out of control.

What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
Jim Koehler
: Stay in school, keep out of trouble and follow your dreams.

What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
Jim Koehler
: Winning Sportsman of the Year as many times as I have and my two Monster Jam World Finals championships.

Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
Jim Koehler
: Everyone looks up to Tom Meents and Dennis Anderson but now-a-days every Monster Jam driver inspires me. A lot of these new kids can really drive and some come from great backgrounds and have amazing stories.

Fun Facts

Do you have any nicknames?
Jim Koehler
: Mr. Excitement

What’s your favorite movie?
Jim Koehler
: The Hangover

What’s your favorite television show?
Jim Koehler
: The Walking Dead

What’s your favorite color?
Jim Koehler
: Green

What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Jim Koehler
: Steak and lobster  

What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
Jim Koehler
: We don’t always eat at the nicest restaurants on the road. Not by choice, nice restaurants don’t have semi-truck parking!

How would your friend and family describe you?
Jim Koehler
: A good guy… I hope!

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