Monster Jam World Finals Competitor No. 11: Chad Fortune
Every big show needs a super hero, right? For Monster Jam, they now have a super hero for their big show.
Monster Jam announced that the 11th competitor for the Monster Jam World Finals at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas in March would be Chad Fortune in Captain USA.
Fortune was originally a wrestler and football player - playing in the National Football League for a couple of years, though got involved with Monster Jam as the “spokesman” for the nWo Monster Jam truck in 1999. That turned into Fortune being able to have a chance to test drive a monster truck, who brought forth an opportunity.
"I went down to North Carolina for a driving test," Fortune said. "I got in one of the old Grave Diggers®and Dennis Anderson built a track out in a bean field and he really stacked the jumps up. I think that he was trying to get rid of me. I went out there and it just beat me up for three days. This was in February, there on the ocean, and I be out there driving the Monster Jam trucks all day. I had a neck collar that was about an inch thick, and I’d be so sore when I was done I would just walk out into the ocean just to have the waves hit my back. I’d come back the next day and do it all over again. But it was such an adrenalin rush the real pain didn’t hit me until after I stopped. It was great."
In 2000, he began his Monster Jam career driving Nitro Machine, before also talking a spin behind the wheel of Power Forward. Though Chad Fortune was truly land his spot in the sport when he took over Superman in 2005.
In January 2012, Monster Jam debuted their new Captain America truck with Fortune as the driver. With his big stance, it seemed fitting to have him behind the wheel of the truck.