ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MONSTER JAM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Growing up as the son of the most famous driver in
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam history, Adam Anderson has embraced the success
of his father, Grave Digger creator Dennis Anderson, while making his own name
as one of the sport’s elite competitors. Not expecting any favors because of
his famous last name, Adam learned the ropes of the sport as a mechanic before
ever getting behind the wheel. That strategy paid off with Adam becoming an
instant success as a driver, and he went on to establish the record as the
youngest driver to ever win a World Championship when he powered Taz to the
2008 World Freestyle Championship at World Finals IX in Las Vegas at the age of
22. Now solidly among the sport’s most successful and best known superstars,
Adam Anderson has also welcomed the support of his father’s fans while
cultivating his own fan base all over the world to become one of the sport’s most
with Adam Anderson
MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the
Monster Jam circuit?
Adam Anderson: I pretty much had no choice. It’s always been
my life. It’s all I ever knew. From the beginning all I ever knew was monster
trucks. It was the regular daily living that my dad created when I was a baby.
That was the start of things back then, now today it’s such a huge thing that
my dad has created. I traveled with my dad a lot. When I was younger we were
gone all the time, until I had to start school. Once we were in school we’d go
along on the weekends here and there, and in the summertime we’d still go out a
lot with him. My dad was gone a lot making a name at the time so often he’d be
gone for three months at a time. We had to be home going to school, we had to
get that finished up before we could do anything. Then once school was over
that was the end of my life as a regular person, I was back on tour. I’ve
always watched the guys work on the trucks. I could have just driven the truck
but that didn’t seem right to me because even though I was always around it I
didn’t know everything. You will never know everything. These trucks are so
unpredictable, something different breaks all the time. So just to go on the
road and work on the trucks all the time you know the trucks better and because
of that you can drive the trucks better. If you really know what is going on
with the truck you are going to be a better driver because of that. When I
started on a crew I worked for Lupe Soza, and he tears up more than a lot of
other guys do, so on my very first tour of Europe as a crew member he worked me
to death. So now I have a completely opposite driving style to him because of
MonsterJam.com: You won your first World Championship at
such a young age, when you were 22. What are your thoughts about that
accomplishment and the pressure to win more titles?
Adam Anderson: My
first thought when I won was, “what’s next? You’ve won the championship already
so what do you do next?” Multiple championships, that’s the answer. The way I
look at it now, there are so many weekends that we don’t get to meet up with
these other guys, some of the other guys who run in Vegas, so when I’m out now
it seems like every weekend is a championship weekend to me. I want to do
really well every time, I want to win every time, but at the same time I don’t
like to tear the truck up. I like to put on an awesome show, to prove to people
that I can run the wheels pretty much almost off of it, and then still drive
the truck off the track. But that’s a chance you have to be willing to take to compete
against these guys today. So with a championship I think it puts more pressure
on me the year after winning it, the year you are carrying the title. It was
awesome, an awesome feat to accomplishment so soon, and I want more of them.
MonsterJam.com: Having won at such a young age do you
think in the long term that beating Tom Meents’ record for World Championships
is something that you want to eventually accomplish?
Adam Anderson: Yes,
there’s no doubt about it. Tom has a few more championships left in him, but I
think I’ve got a few more years left in me than he does. So that makes it
easier for me. Tom and those guys have been doing it for so many years and I
have got so many more years to go and I believe I can take a lot more of them.
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?
Adam Anderson: In my free time I just love to work on old
trucks. I love to go to the beach and stuff like that but what I really love is
messing with trucks. We do the same things on a smaller scale. Pretty much
break ‘em and fix ‘em and break ‘em and fix ‘em. Now I like to go fishing, but
I also build trucks to go fishing in. I like the old school trucks.
MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you
Adam Anderson: I really don’t and that’s something that I
think helps me out a lot. I think that I’m a lot more laid back than the other
guys. I sit in the truck and really don’t think about what’s going on. I mean I
watch the show and enjoy it from the truck and then get ready for my turn. I
really don’t do anything special to hype myself up. I don’t have any superstitions
but I can say one thing, the fans give me little gifts and trinkets and if it’s
something that I can hang in the truck like key chains. I do that, I carry
those gifts in the truck with me.
MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on the Monster
Jam tour, what career path would you follow?
Adam Anderson: Actually
it was the year before I started driving, because I knew that once I started
driving the trucks my life was done and that’s all it was going to be, but for
that year I ran heavy equipment. I really enjoyed that. I did that for an
entire year and got to do a bunch of different things while doing that. I
worked for a lot of different people, and even got to see a lot of different
places doing that. So that’s something I still would like to do.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
Adam Anderson: Shrimp
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
Adam Anderson: Tommy
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite television show?
Adam Anderson: Fantasy Factory
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?
Adam Anderson: Black
Truck Name: Grave
Digger, The Legend
Body: 1951 Ford
Engine size: 540
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