CORONA, Calif. (October 17, 2011) – Monster Energy mourns the loss of veteran off-road truck driver, and multi-time champion, Rick Huseman, of Riverside, Calif.
Huseman’s success in the off-road racing world was driven purely by his passion for the sport. A fateful outing to a SODA-sanctioned off-road event at Glen Helen Raceway in 1996 ignited a fire inside Huseman to pursue his dream of professional competition. That same year, Rick Huseman Racing (RHR) was established. Over the next decade, Huseman honed his talents as a driver, and the entire RHR team grew into a perennial contender. After winning his first premier Pro-4 class race in 2007, Huseman broke through to win back-to-back championships in 2009 (TORC Series) and 2010 (Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series), garnering Driver of the Year honors each season, and becoming a short-course racing juggernaut.
Huseman’s passion for racing in general made him a fan of all forms of motorsports, and he often showed his support of fellow Monster Army members at various events, like Monster Energy AMA Supercross.
“This is a tremendous loss, not just for Monster Energy, but for the entire racing world,” said Bruce Stjernstrom, Monster Energy Vice President of Sports Marketing. “Rick was a true representation of our brand, both on and off the track, and was a tremendous ambassador for the sport of off-road truck racing. He built a hugely successful team from the ground up, and set the bar for all drivers in a highly-competitive sport.”
Rick, born in 1973, is survived by his wife Michelle, and their son Rick Jr. Monster Energy offers its sincerest sympathy and condolences to the entire Huseman family during this difficult time.