What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
Tony Ochs:Riding Motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, and snowmobiles, lifting weights and spending time with family and friends.
Who are your role models?
Tony Ochs: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Damon Bradshaw.
Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
Tony Ochs: I usually analyze the track conditions, eat a snack, stretch, and do some controlled breathing exercises.
What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
Tony Ochs: I am a 10-year veteran of the US Army, with four combat deployments, with a total of five overseas tours. I am a certified Apache helicopter technician, and I own and operate a motorcycle and ATV repair business.
What is your favorite memory on or off the race track?
Tony Ochs: My favorite memory was competing in my home state of Pennsylvania, in Allentown, at the PPL Center. The fans were so awesome and very supportive, which directly influenced my multiple wins and definitely the most fun weekend I have had so far with Monster Jam.
What is your most prized possession?
Tony Ochs: My DD214! All my military men and women know all about it!
Life on the Road with Monster Jam
What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
Tony Ochs: The best thing about traveling is that, if taken advantage of, you will never get bored! There are so many sights to see, people to meet, and establishments to try out! I love to travel, and I get bored easily if I spend an extended amount of time at home. The worst part of traveling is having to live minimally, and by that I mean living out of a bag. Laundry day comes very quick!
While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
Tony Ochs: There is very little free time as a Monster Jam driver, but I take full advantage when I have it. I always love to try local restaurants. Especially the “hole-in-the-wall” “ma and pa” places! Also, if there are any local landmarks that I can catch a glimpse of, I will capitalize on that.
How do you keep fit?
Tony Ochs: I am a member of the YMCA and love to lift weights. I can’t say I love to run, but I do it anyways! Keeping fit is an essential part of being a Monster Jam driver. A typical Freestyle run can consume a whole days worth of energy!
What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
Tony Ochs: My clothes and my safety gear.
What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
Tony Ochs: I’ve had great experiences everywhere I have been around the world. The place that stands out most in my mind is Victoria, British Columbia. The city is so beautiful and really the only place that has literally made me feel like a tourist! The scenery is gorgeous, and the ferry ride from Vancouver is spectacular.
How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
Tony Ochs: During the development of the Soldier Fortune Black Ops Monster Jam truck, I was the stunt motorcycle crew chief for Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe Live! Feld wanted a military veteran with a background in motor sports and machinery as the new driver. My name was mentioned from several different angles, and before I knew it I was in a Monster Jam truck at Monster Jam University. Tom Meents (Drill Sergeant Tom) pushed me beyond limitations that I never knew I had! Shortly after, I was debuting the always beautiful Soldier Fortune Black Ops Monster Jam truck.
What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
Tony Ochs: My favorite part is interacting with the fans. The kids are always hilarious and fun to talk to. I have a lot of military families that come through the autograph lines and thank me for my service and it really means a lot to me. It really hits me when I see a child with his/her mother and they explain how their loved one is currently deployed overseas. I appreciate everyone’s military service, and I really love entertaining families while paying tribute to our nation’s military!
How would you describe your driving style?
Tony Ochs: Over-calculated!
What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
Tony Ochs: I will start by saying that your life is what you make it. You become what/who you surround yourself with. Live a clean lifestyle, and don’t just follow your dreams, create your legacy.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
Tony Ochs: My greatest memory was sitting in the hot seat in the very first stadium I ever competed in, NRG Stadium, in Houston. I went out first in freestyle and scored a 36 and sat in the hot seat all the way until the final three competitors ran. I ultimately tied Jim Creten in Bounty Hunter and Carl Van Horn in Grave Digger at 36 points, and Ryan Anderson in Son-uva Digger took the win! What an awesome time!
Do you have any nicknames?
Tony Ochs: My family and friends back home call me Ants.
What’s your favorite movie?
Tony Ochs: Talladega Nights
What’s your favorite television show?
Tony Ochs: How It’s Made
What’s your favorite color?
Tony Ochs: Black and Blue
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Tony Ochs: Pizza
What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
Tony Ochs: Whataburger and Rafa’s in El Paso, TX.
How would your friends and family describe you?
Tony Ochs: Funny, polite and down-to-earth… and big!