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War Wizard
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War Wizard circa 2020

Owner

Private Owner

Driver

RJ Turner

Body Style

1941 Willys ProMod

Engine

Arias

Transmission

2 Speed Planetary

Tires

66" Terra / Goodyear/ BKT

Debut

2003

Theme Song

"White Wizzard" by White Wizzard (2011-present) /"Abracadabra" by The Steve Miller Band (2003-2005) /"Duality" by Slipknot (2006) / "Fuel" by Metallica (2007) /“Awake” by Godsmack (WF10). /Master of Puppets-Metallica (Orlando 2005) / "Had Enough" by Breaking Benjamin (Miami 2009)

War Wizard is a 1941 Willys ProMod driven by RJ Turner. War Wizard is best known for its wild body and paint schemes, most of them constantly changing. War Wizard is also known for it attempts for the speed record.

History

  • 2003 - War Wizard debuts.
  • 2004 - War Wizard takes part in its first televised event in Montreal, Quebec.
  • 2005 - War Wizard sets the speed record for a monster truck.
  • 2006 - A hard landing in Atlanta destroys the original War Wizard chassis, and it is run on the Total Chaos chassis for the rest of the first quarter.
  • 2007 - War Wizard runs the original chassis and original body for January, before a new chassis and scheme debuts for War Wizard later in the season.
  • 2009 - War Wizard competes in Monster Jam World Finals 10.
  • 2011 - Wrecking Crew driver Steve Koehler drives the truck for one show in Jacksonville due to storm damage occuring in the original driver's hometown.
  • 2013 - The War Wizard team celebrates their 10th Anniversary and debuts yet another new paint scheme.
  • 2015 - War Wizard takes part of the Fox Sports 1 Championship Series with Darrin Goin driving, scoring no points.
  • 2016 - War Wizard competes in the second Fox Sports 1 Championship Series with former Robo Machine driver Shane Phreed driving the truck also scoring no points.
  • 2017 - The truck competes in the Fox Sports East Series with Shane Phreed once again driving. Steve Koehler drives the truck in Evansville Indiana for a weekend. RJ Turner starts driving during the summer.
  • 2018 - A new design debuts and the chassis receives a brand new cradle design from the Metal Shop. RJ takes driving duties full time. The truck makes a Monster Jam appearance at West Lebanon, but the team does not do any other events with Monster Jam for the rest of the season, likely to allow RJ to focus on speedway and smaller arena shows.
  • 2019 - Another new paint scheme debuts, along with a brand new chassis.
  • 2020 - Another new paint scheme debuts, this being the third paint scheme in 3 seasons.

2006 Bad Luck Season

2006 was a strangely unlucky year for War Wizard. In Pontiac during qualifying, War Wizard suffered a hard landing, which in turn knocked the driver out, and caused the truck to continue forward where it slammed into the wall protection, and climbed up it. The truck was too damaged to compete in racing and freestyle, and the driver was taken to the hospital. War Wizard did not compete for the rest of the show. In Atlanta, War Wizard would suffer two separate transmission failures, requiring the full removal and replacement twice. Then in freestyle, the first hit was angled at such a way, that when the truck landed, it ripped off nearly every shock, and destroyed the chassis, putting it out of commission for the rest of the season. The team was able to buy the Total Chaos chassis and would use it for the rest of the year. On the way to Tampa, the team's rig nearly ran out of oil and even popped one of the tires. At Tampa, TG Short could not compete in Spellcaster due to a back injury, so Deric Evans stepped in to drive for Spellcaster, and when War Wizard (the body now sectioned and taped together on the Total Chaos chassis) came out to qualify, the first car stack the truck went over popped its rear right tire, causing the team to not be able to compete for the rest of the show. At the next show, a small arena show, the truck's throttle stuck during a donut, and it drove into a wall.

World Finals Appearances

  • 2009

Video Game Appearances

Trivia

  • The trucks body style was modeled after a 1941 Willys ProMod. However, at shows, it was playfully refered to as a "2041 Willys", outside of Monster Jam World Finals 10, where it was referred as a 1941 Willy’s.
  • In 2006, a teammate truck debuted, known as Spellcaster, driven by TG Short. However, the truck only appeared in three events, at Pontiac, Atlanta, and Tampa, and it never freestyled. TG would injure his back, and retire from driving. The original team would later sell the truck, becoming the second Sin City Crusher.
  • Since somewhere around late November 2018, the team have been members of this wiki, thus why the owner is mentioned as private.
  • Trey Myers hosts the team's "War Wizard Wednesday" YouTube videos

Gallery

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