DNAinfo - June 06, 2012by Maya Shwayder, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
The truck, courtesy of the sponsors, will only be used one time -- for the Monster Jam "Path of Destruction" competition on June 16 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Ten-time Monster truck world champion Tom Meents is set to steer it in the freestyle events.
Meents said it was a "huge honor" to be driving for the FDNY, and he was looking forward to sticking it to his biggest monster truck driver rival, Dennis Anderson.
"Anything I can do to make him look bad is always exciting for me," he said.
"It's a contender!" said Meents's representative, optimistically, who added that with Meents behind the wheel, "anything's possible."
Few in the scant crowd cared about the check nearly as much as the mountain of raw metal power next to it, but the gift will be a boon to the FDNY Foundation, helping it promote city-wide fire safety education.
Lieutenant Daniel Kaniff, part of a ceremonial FDNY unit, called the monster truck a "great idea."
"It's another way to raise money for the FDNY. It's a different angle," he said. "The money is for equipment and safety, but it really gets pushed out to the public for public education."
Frank Dwyer, FDNY's spokesman, said that the money raised from Advance Auto Parts will help with the 6,000 city-wide fire safety events the FDNY holds per year.
Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President of Feld Entertainment, said that giving the FDNY a monster truck was a "natural fit."
"The Fire Department, these are the bravest individuals in the world," she said. "[Feld Motor Sports] wanted to figure out a way we could partner with them and celebrate everything that the Fire Department in New York does in a big, big way."
Perhaps the partnership will develop.
"Hopefully in the future we're going to return to MetLife stadium," Feld said, "and perhaps we could even grow the relationship with the Fire Department, and the truck could compete again."