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Mohawk Warrior
Mohawk
Great Clips Mohawk Warrior circa 2019

Owner

FELD Entertainment

Driver

Bryce Kenny

Body Style

Escalade with custom mohawk

Engine

540ci Merlin

Transmission

2-Speed Coan

Tires

66" Terra

Debuted

World Finals 11 encore (2010)

Theme Song

"A Warrior's Call" by Volbeat (formerly "Warrior" by Nelly)

Mohawk Warrior (currently known as Great Clips Mohawk Warrior) is a truck owned by FELD Entertainment and driven by Bryce Kenny. Mohawk Warrior debuted at Monster Jam World Finals 11 as an encore performance and has been in competition since late 2010. The truck gets its name from the original driver, George Balhan, who is known for his mohawk, and is the successor to Escalade.

The truck is most famous for the giant mohawk featured on the truck's roof, made out of fiberglass-laced broom bristles. Mohawk Warrior is featured as a boss truck in the video game, Monster Jam: Path of Destruction.

History

In 2010, Mohawk Warrior made a surprise debut at the Monster Jam World Finals 11 in the encore on the Obsession chassis, and began competing on the Monster Jam circuit. This was after An Escalade's retirement while the same chassis is still used until 2012.

In 2011, George Balhan began his first season driving Mohawk Warrior. He made it to the Monster Jam World Finals 12.

In 2012, George once again made it to the Monster Jam World Finals 13. He didn't win anything; however, he made history, performing two consecutive back flips during his freestyle run.

In 2013, Mohawk Warrior debuted a new chassis. George once again competed at the Monster Jam World Finals 14. He didn't win any championships. BJ Johnson was announced to start driving a 2nd Mohawk Warrior for 2014.

In 2014, BJ Johnson began driving Mohawk Warrior. He made it to the Young Guns Shootout. George competed in the Monster Jam World Finals 15, but he wasn't able to get a victory. Johnson got invited to the 3rd Young Guns Shootout. Also, his chassis was used in the main competition for Titan, as Titan had a major crash during qualifying and its original chassis was damaged beyond repair, so Titan borrowed this chassis for competition.

In 2015, Balhan got invited to Monster Jam World Finals 16 and Johnson got invited to the 4th Young Guns Shootout. In 2016, Johnson left Mohawk Warrior to drive Gas Monkey Garage. Mohawk Warrior also got a sponsorship from Moto Metal and received new wheels for the truck.

Balhan would retire from driving in late 2016.

In 2017, Bryce Kenny joined the team and drove in the West Triple Threat Tour (More Monster Jam (2017)). George was announced to perform in international events, although for an unknown reason, this did not happen. The truck also got a sponsorship from Great Clips and is now known as the Great Clips Mohawk Warrior. The truck also updated its theme song. The truck made it to the Monster Jam World Finals 18 with Kenny driving, the first time for him. A purple version inspired by the Hot Wheels toy from 2014 debuted in Saudi Arabia with Steven Sims driving. He only ran the truck under the name Mohawk Warrior, since it was international. Camden Murphy drove the truck as a fill in for Bryce in Foxborough.

In 2018, the truck started running the Great Clips logo on the truck. The truck also lost its sponsorship from Moto Metal and went back to running its original wheels. Bryce competed in Stadium Championship Series 1, getting 6th place with a total of 235 points[1]. Bryce once again competed at the Monster Jam World Finals 19. Bryce got his first stadium freestyle win with the truck in Syracuse, New York, later in the year.

2019 - Bryce competes in the Stadium Championship Series 2 tour.

World Finals Appearances

  • 2010 - George Balhan (encore debut)
  • 2011 - George Balhan
  • 2012 - George Balhan (completed 2 consecutive backflips)
  • 2013 - George Balhan
  • 2014 - George Balhan (YGS: BJ Johnson)
  • 2015 - George Balhan (YGS: BJ Johnson)
  • 2016 - George Balhan
  • 2017 - Bryce Kenny
  • 2018 - Bryce Kenny

Gallery

References

  1. 2018 Points - Monster Jam