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Blue Thunder
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Blue Thunder circa 2014

Owner

FELD Motorsports

Driver

Matt Cody

Created

2001

Body Style

2010 Ford F-150

Engine

540ci Merlin

Transmission

2-Speed Coan

Tires

66" Terra

Blue Thunder is a monster truck owned by Monster Jam/Feld Motorsports. It is a Ford F-150 driven by Matt Cody in the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL Central.

History

Blue Thunder debuted on January 6th, 2001, at the Houston Astrodome. It was driven by former Grave Digger driver Lyle Hancock, who drove Wrenchead.com the previous year. He made it to the World Finals Championship Race, making him the first Grave Digger driver to make it to the finals.

A year later in January 2002, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, MI (the first stop), Tony Farrell drove the truck and competed there. He had an awesome freestyle but ended with a spectacular crash.

Following the 2003 season, Lyle Hancock retired and Tony Farrell, the previous driver of Wild Thang, and George Balhan, who had come from driving Spider-Man, drove the monster truck. In 2005, Norm Miller (previously a driver of Black Smith) became the team's second driver when Balhan left the team to drive the Escalade monster truck.

In 2008, former Iron Outlaw driver Linsey Weenk joined the team, making him and his former boss, Jimmy Creten, rivals.

Frank Krmel, who drove Blue Thunder at Monsters on Mainstreet at Houston Motorsports Park in 2008, joined the team in the summer of 2009. In 2010, Krmel drove Blue Thunder during the World Finals 11 encore.

In 2011, Ford had officially ended their sponsorship contract with Monster Jam, so the truck continued to run with all Ford references on the truck removed: The Build Ford Tough logo on the hood was replaced with the words "Blue Thunder" as they were seen on the side. That same year, Linsey Weenk and Frank Krmel left the Blue Thunder team, so Todd LeDuc drove Blue Thunder for the rest of 2011 while Weenk ran his new truck Lucas Oil Crusader.

In 2012, LeDuc began driving the new Metal Mulisha, and the Blue Thunder name was discontinued.

In 2013, Blue Thunder was resurrected, with Dan Evans driving the truck until 2014.

In 2014, it was announced that Dalton Millican would be taking over the driving duties and run on the #MoreMonsterJam tour for the 2015 season.

In 2015, two Blue Thunder drivers, former driver Tony Farrell and driver Dalton Millican tragically pass away; Farrell from an SUV accident at a concert and Millican from a motorcycle accident. After Millican's death, Alx Danielsson drives the truck during one event as a fill-in driver. Also, less than a six months before his death, Millican and Blue Thunder were invited to the Monster Jam World Finals 16 Young Guns Shootout, although did not win.

In 2016, Tyler Menninga drove Blue Thunder in the West More Monster Jam tour and competed in the Monster Jam World Finals 17 Young Guns Shootout and finished second.

In 2017, Matt Cody runs the Blue Thunder body on the Iron Warrior chassis for the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL Central tour. Blue Thunder competed in Saudi Arabia with driver Randy Brown.

Trivia

  • This truck, despite having the same name and color and a very similar design, has no relation to Kevin and Kirby Dabney's Camaro Blue Thunder Truck, which competed in the 1980's. However, it is speculated that this Blue Thunder was derived in some way from that of the Dabney version.
  • Although the truck started out as a sponsorship truck for Ford, today, the truck is not a sponsor truck. Ford had ended their sponsorship contract in 2011 and the truck continued running as a stand-alone truck until its retirement and revival in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
  • Although the full-time driver for Monster Energy, Todd LeDuc is also part time driver for Blue Thunder for overseas events. Leduc was a full time driver in Blue Thunder before driving Metal Mulisha.

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