Joe Sylvester is certainly not a new name in the world of monster trucks. However, with 2014 will come change. Sylvester recently embarked upon a partnership with 2Xtreme racing for the Bad Habit Monster Truck. The driver and his team are also looking forward to another new venture.
Joe Sylvester will be racing in TORC off road racing series this season, he will still manage to find time to wow his fans from the seat of the Bad Habit monster truck in the Monster Jam Series as well.
Joe Sylvester recently earned a victory at a Monster Jam Series event help at the Sleep Train Arena at Sacramento, California.
Those who follow TORC are apt to see the driver competing in off road racing. Sylvester will be driving the #8 in the pro light class and plans to run the entire TORC schedule. This particular venture will consist of 14 rounds; two rounds per event for seven weekends.
Of course, many hours have already been and will continue to be dedicated to preparing for his new endeavor. "We have built our own private test track to practice," explained the driver. "And I am also racing UTVs and go carts when time allows. I think in order to keep your skills sharp as a racer, you need to be in some sort of race vehicle at least once a week.
"My physical conditioning and training has also shifted from a bodybuilding type to more of a cross-training workout, to better my endurance and athletic ability. I want to be as energized on the 16th lap of the race as I am on the first.
With any new venture, there are uncertainties, but Joe Sylvester has no worries. "I have a really positive outlook on things," stated the driver. "and can't wait to get out there and race. The adrenaline rush of short course racing is second to none. Most of all, I am looking forward to a new challenge and new goals.
"I like to set goals for myself," he continued. "My goal for 2014 is to place at least in the top five by my second race, and by the end of the season, be finishing on the podium."
Although Sylvester is steadfast in a successful 2014 TORC season, that's no indication he's putting his monster truck driving on a back burner. In fact, he finds his new partnership with "Bad Habit" exhilarating.
"Bringing Bad Habit to 2xtreme Racing happened after the sale of my monster truck enterprise, and when my sponsors still wanted me involved in the industry," he shared. Racing under the 2extreme tent allows me more time to concentrate on my off road efforts during 2014; all while driving top-notch monster trucks."
When asked if the endeavor will benefit his partners as well, Joe Sylvester explained that new sponsors who came onboard with him will assist in their annual operating budget. He also suggested the recognition of having the WOD champ and world record jump holder on the team will prove advantageous as well.
As does any rig, each and every monster truck drives totally differently and take a little getting accustomed to. However, during a recent Monster Jam event at the Sleep Train Arena, in Sacramento, California, Joe Sylvester didn't allow the transition to slow him down.
Those following the Monster Jam series, are acutely aware of the quality of drivers, each event keeping followers and participants on the edge of their seats. Well, the race at Sleep Train was no different. In fact, it lead to an interesting string of events, not only providing spectators with stiff competition, but epitomizing the camaraderie and respect shared by the drivers.
After being deemed the victor by the officials, "Grave Digger" called Sylvester out to the floor during his interview, claiming his run was, hands down, better and handing him the trophy.
With aspirations of what will transpire in the months to come, the driver said, ""I would love to go back to the Monster Jam World Finals again in Las Vegas." And judging from Sylvester's previous track record, the potential is certainly there.
The driver and his team are acutely aware that proper maintenance ultimately plays a huge role in one's success. That in mind, they strive to keep their rigs in tip-top running condition and depend upon K&N products to ensure their engines remain contaminant free.
"I have used K&N products for as long as I've been racing; in everything from my big rig, karts, cars, quads, UTV, off road truck to monster trucks.I use their air filters, oil filters and degreaser. Hands down, the best filtration products money can buy."
When asked what fans can expect from Joe Sylvester and his team during the 2014 season, he concluded, "Look for us to make a big splash in the TORC Series with the #8 pro-lite, and my girlfriend, Cynthia, in her #341 1600 buggy. We will also have two other racers of whom we'll be preparing their pro-lites for the 2014 season and will be racing under the JSM tent."