“I was really lost, it was a dark time for me,” said Mahon.
Not to be discouraged, she bought a sprint car and returned to racing while attending cosmetology school. Mahon was content on the local dirt roads until she received a phone call that would change everything – a call from the Monster Jam University training center, about an hour south of her home in the Illinois.
“When the Monster Jam opportunity came up it worked really well with all my experience in the motorsport world and I fell in love and had to go,” she said.
Brianna Mahon goes for the save as Whiplash rides the right axle in a save. CONTRIBUTION / FELD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Mahon has never looked back as she first got behind the wheel of Scooby Doo in 2015 and has never looked back.
“It was definitely a fit, but just about anything with an engine that I like,” she said.
Mahon quickly won the day, winning the 2015 Rookie of the Year award. She went on to become the first female driver to win an all-round championship on the Triple Threat Monster Jam circuit. She still vividly remembers pulling off her first backflip at the Monster Jam World Finals in 2016.
“It was my main focus during my freestyle race and I was so nervous to try it out and then when I landed on all four wheels I was pumped,” she said.
Brianna Mahon, five-time Monster Jam World Finals, will be driving Whiplash. CONTRIBUTION / FELD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Now behind the wheel of Whiplash, Mahon will be heading to town along with other fan favorites like Grave Digger when the Monster Jam Tour makes a two-day stop at the Wright State University Nutter Center on October 29-30.
After spending 430 days outside the truck due to the COVID pandemic, Mahon couldn’t be happier to be back on tour. How much did she miss performing the gravity-defying feats in her 12,000 pound truck? So much so that she took part in 10 shows during her honeymoon earlier this year.
“My husband is my biggest fan,” she said.
Mahon also appreciates his young fans, especially the girls who might choose to follow in his footsteps someday.
“I try to be a positive and respectful role model,” she said. “I am proud of the way I present myself. “
When she’s not on tour, she even manages to sneak into the living room for a while, giving a haircut or two.
“Most of the drivers don’t have other jobs so that way I got lucky because I could still make a living when there was no tour,” she said. declared. “But I’m so happy to be back.”
Whiplash rider Brianna Mahon was named the 2015 Monster Jam Rookie of the Year. CONTRIBUTION / FELD ENTERTAINMENT INC.
HOW TO GET THERE
ALIGN: Grave Digger (Tyler Menninga), Whiplash (Brianna Mahon), Rage (Cory Rummell), Brutus (Kraig Champion), FTI Torque (Jack Brown), Overbored (Jamey Garner) and Wildside (Zack Garner)
WHEN: October 29, 7 p.m. Oct. 30, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
OR: Wright State University Nutter Center
TICKETS: From $ 15, visit www.ticketmaster.com
FOLLOWING: Pit Party October 30, 10:30 a.m. to noon, additional ticket required.