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Fox Sports 1 Cleatus
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Cleatus circa 2017

Owner

FELD Motorsports

Driver

Marc McDonald

Body Style

Ford F-150 with Bed Cab

Engine

540ci Merlin

Transmission

Coan 2-Speed

Tires

BKT

Debuted

2014

Fox Sports 1 Cleatus (also known as FS1 Cleatus or simply Cleatus) is a Ford F-150 monster truck driven by Marc McDonald. (Formerly Frank Krmel from 2014-2016 and Colt Stephens 2017) to coincide with Monster Jam becoming a part of the Fox Sports 1. Cleatus has been featured on the NFL and Nascar and did a display for Super Bowl 48 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

History

In 2013, Cleatus was first announced as a sponsor for Fox Sports 1, Monster Jam's new TV network after leaving SPEED. The truck's name comes from the robot seen on TV while watching the NFL.

In 2014, Cleatus debuted in Houston, Texas with Frank Krmel driving and was invited to the Monster Jam World Finals 15.

In 2015, Krmel got invited to the Monster Jam World Finals 16.

In 2016, Neil Elliott drove Fox Sports 1 Cleatus in the Monster Jam World Finals 17 on his chassis. Brandon Vinson filled in for El Paso as well. A different design for the truck was featured in the 2016 yearbook. However, the design did not debut until Minneapolis, in December 2016 with new driver Colt Stephens. Krmel officially retired.

In early 2017, the truck got yet another body change.

In 2017, Colt Stephens drove the truck in the FS1 Series west tour and competed in the Monster Jam World Finals 18.

In 2018, Colt Stephens was switched to Brodozer (though Brodozer wasn't completed yet, Stephens drives Zombie instead). Marc McDonald took the lead of Cleatus for the first quarter, even competing at the Monster Jam World Finals 19.

World Finals Appearances

  • 2014 - Frank Krmel
  • 2015 - Frank Krmel
  • 2016 - Neil Elliott
  • 2017 - Colt Stephens
  • 2018 - Marc McDonald

Trivia

  • The original render was an Escalade.
  • Cleatus never appeared on SPEED channel, as the truck was built to celebrate Monster Jam's transfer to Fox Sports 1, which replaced SPEED immediately after ceasing operations.
  • With McDonald going back to driving El Toro Loco after World Finals 19 and Monster Jam Networks debut in 2018, It is currently unknown what will happen with the truck from this point.

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