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Bari Musawwir is a monster driver born on November 6, 1980, out of Cleveland, Ohio, and now resides in Orlando, Florida. He has become very famous for being the first African American driver to drive for FELD Entertainment, and for being the driver of Zombie (It's worth noting that Mark Taylor was the first African-American to drive in Monster Jam, but not for FELD as he drove Mountaineer for Robby Gray, and there may have been African-American monster truck drivers before them). Bari is also a skilled RC monster truck racer, the passion notably being the origins for what would eventually become his truck driving career.

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Monster Jam Panama 2010 Backwards Bob

Bari's first freestyle

Monster Truck Career

Musawwir was competing with RC monster trucks in 2006 when Monster Jam gave him a test session, although the tests were successful, he wouldn't be testing again until 2008. Musawwir tested with FELD Motorsports to drive a Monster Jam truck in 2010. The tests were successful, and he was slated to drive Backwards Bob in Panama of 2010. In 2011, he began his first season by driving El Toro Loco.

In 2012, Bari would be put into the Spider-Man truck, which he would drive until 2014. Bari won the first every Young Guns Shootout in 2012, and he has competed Monster Jam World Finals 14 and World Finals 15.

In 2015, Bari was put into the Zombie monster truck and competed in the first Fox Sports 1 Championship Series. He wouldn't place in the top 4, but, he was still invited to compete in World Finals 16. He was also invited at World Finals' 17-20.

At the 2019 Monster Jam World Finals he crossed the finish line first but he got a red light leaving early giving the win to Jimmy Creten and Bounty Hunter. No officials said to rerun the race, very likely because he had been forgiven a red-light in the semifinals.

In 2021 he competed on his first stadium tour since the FSI Series in 2015, finishing in 6th place. Later in the year because of suspending issues with Bernard Lyght, Bari would fill-in for him with what would eventually be the last shows for Alien Invasion before being put in indefinite hiatus. In 2022, he will compete on Arena Series Central.

Trivia

  • According to his driver information on Monster Jam's website, Bari is shown to be terrified of zombies, despite driving a truck with that name.

World Finals Appearances

  • 2012 - Spider-Man (YGS) (Won YGS)
  • 2013 - Spider-Man
  • 2014 - Spider-Man
  • 2015 - Zombie
  • 2016 - Zombie
  • 2017 - Zombie
  • 2018 - Zombie
  • 2019 - Zombie (Fire)

All-Star Challenge Appearances

  • 2019 - Zombie Fire (Team Fire).

Accomplishments

  • First African-American to drive for FELD Entertainment
  • 2011 Rookie of the Year
  • 2012 Young Guns Shootout Champion
    • First Showdown Champion in World Finals history
  • 2019 Monster Jam World Finals Racing Runner-Up
  • Most donuts in a minute (44)
  • Most donuts consecutively (58)

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