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War Wizard

War Wizard
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War Wizard circa 2020

Owner

Private

Driver

RJ Turner

Body Style

1941 Willys Pro Mod

Chassis

  • TMS (2019-present)
  • PEI Generation 2 (2007-18)
  • Custom-built by Brian Barthel (2006)
  • Custom-built (2003-07)

Engine

Arias

Transmission

2-Speed Planetary

Tires

  • 66" Goodyear
  • 66" 2nd Generation BKT

Debut

2003

Theme Songs

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

War Wizard is a 1941 Willys ProMod driven by RJ Turner. Since its debut in 2003, the truck has been well-known for its design, as well as its various paint schemes throughout its life. The truck has also set several records in the monster truck industry, most notably in 2005 and 2012.

History

War Wizard originally debuted in 2003.  In the year following, the truck made its first televised appearance in Montreal, QC.

In 2005, War Wizard set a new speed record in monster trucks at 84.382 mph.

In 2006, War Wizard’s original chassis would be totalled following a devastating wreck in Atlanta, resulting in the team leasing the Total Chaos chassis from Brian Barthel for the remainder of the season.  During that season, War Wizard would receive a short-lived teammate, Spellcaster, which was driven by TG Short. Said truck would compete in only three events that season due to Short sustaining a back injury. The truck would eventually be sold to Men of Sin City Racing, and was converted into Sin City Crusher. Meanwhile, War Wizard’s original chassis would be fully rebuilt and repaired in time for the 2007 season.  A brand-new War Wizard debuted later in the season, featuring a brand-new paint scheme and chassis.

In 2008, War Wizard competed in the Monster Jam European tour, with Alex Blackwell sharing driving duties with the original driver.  In the year following, the truck would be invited to compete in Monster Jam World Finals X.

In 2011, War Wizard debuted a new black paint scheme.  Steve Koehler would drive the truck as a fill-in driver in Jacksonville, due to storm damage occurring in the original driver’s hometown. The year following, War Wizard set another record in the monster truck industry for fastest quarter-mile time in a monster truck, at 13.175 seconds.

In 2013, War Wizard celebrated its tenth anniversary by debuting a new red paint scheme.  Another new paint scheme debuted on the truck the following year, this time being purple and orange.  That same year, the original driver stepped away from driving the truck full-time, and rookie driver Darrin Goin joined the team to share driving duties.

In 2015, War Wizard would be selected as one of sixteen trucks to compete in the inaugural Fox Sports 1 Championship Series, with Goin driving.  The truck would again compete in the series the following year, with Shane Phreed driving.

In 2017, War Wizard competed in the FS1 Championship Series East, with Phreed driving.  Koehler would again drive the truck for a show in Evansville, IN.  Afterwards, RJ Turner would begin driving the truck in the summer, before asserting full-time driving duties the year following.  That same year, War Wizard debuted a brand-new paint scheme, as well as an updated chassis.

In 2019, a brand-new War Wizard debuted, featuring an updated paint scheme and chassis.  Another new paint scheme would debut the following year.

2006 Bad Luck Season

2006 would be War Wizard’s worst season yet.  During qualifying in Pontiac, the truck would suffer a hard landing.  The impact of the landing knocked the driver unconscious, causing the truck to continue forward where it slammed into the wall protection, causing it to climb up it.  He would be hospitalized afterwards, and the truck was damaged to the point where it could not compete for the remainder of the show.  The worst was yet to come in Atlanta.  In said show, the truck would suffer two failures with the transmission, requiring it to be fully removed and replaced twice.  To top it all off, the truck’s first hit during its freestyle performance was angled in such a way that when the truck landed, all of the truck’s shocks were ripped off in the process.  The chassis would be totaled, putting it out of commission for the remainder of the season.  Luckily, the team was able to lease the Total Chaos chassis from Brian Barthel.  Unfortunately, the bad luck would not stop there.  On the way to Tampa, the team’s rig would nearly run out of oil and even pop one of the tires.  At Tampa, TG Short, the driver of War Wizard’s short-lived teammate, Spellcaster, would suffer a back injury, resulting in Derick Evans being called in as a fill-in driver.  When War Wizard came out to qualify, the first car stack that the truck went over popped the right rear tire, taking War Wizard out of the competition for the remainder of the show.  Then, at the next show, which happened to be a small arena show, War Wizard’s throttle stuck during a donut attempt, resulting in the truck being driven into the wall protection.

World Finals Appearances

  • 2009

Video Game Appearances

Trivia

  • War Wizard's body style was modeled after a 1941 Willys ProMod. However, at select shows, it was playfully referred to as a "2041 Willys", outside of Monster Jam World Finals X, where it was referred as a 1941 Willys.
  • When first fitted onto the Total Chaos chassis, the War Wizard body required the application of tape to help the truck fit onto the chassis.
  • Since November 2018, the War Wizard race team has served as members of the wiki.
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