USA-1 (monster truck)
|Owner and driver information|
|Home city||Ham Lake, Minnesota|
|Body style||Chevrolet C/K|
|Engine||572 cu in (9.4 l) Chevrolet V8|
USA-1 is a monster truck that was competing during the 1980s and 1990s, named after a Chevrolet ad campaign. It competed against Bigfoot in the first televised monster truck race on the American television show That's Incredible! in 1983. The truck was initially painted blue before it was repainted in white.
Everett Jasmer built and raced the truck in the late 1970s. USA-1 was a consistent winner in the mid-to-late 1980s with Steve Wilke and Rod Litzau sharing the driving, and is best known for its many wins and legendary crashes. It won the 1988 TNT Monster Truck Racing Series championship. It was one of the last nationally competitive monster trucks to use a leaf spring suspension. Everett contacted Mark Hall, co-owner of Raminator, to campaign a USA-1 body in 1992 on their Executioner chassis. In the next year, Everett had Kirk Dabney campaign the body on his Nitemare 4 chassis. USA-1 stopped racing in the early 1990s, after the folding of the TNT Monster Truck Racing Series. As of March 2008, Everett owns the original vehicles and the trademark to the name. He has been trying to find a racing series that meets his vision of professional monster truck racing. In November 2011, Everett Jasmer was inducted into the International Monster Truck Hall of Fame.
- Bigfoot Monster Truck Firsts Archived 2008-04-11 at the Wayback Machine; Retrieved March 24, 2008
- USA-1; monstertrucks-uk.com; Retrieved March 24, 2008
- Everett Jasmer interview on USA-1 at monsterblog.com, March 13, 2008, Retrieved March 23, 2008