ANDERSON’S MONSTER JAM® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Growing up as the son
of a 4-time Monster Jam® World FinalsSM Champion, 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 Monster Jam World Finals Championship when he powered Taz to the 2008
World Freestyle Championship in Las Vegas at the age of 22. Then Adam joined
maybe the sport’s most exclusive club in 2013 when he won the World Racing
Championship at Monster Jam World Finals XIV behind the wheel of Grave Digger
the Legend®, making Anderson only the 4th Monster Jam
driver in history to have won both the racing and freestyle championship at the
Monster Jam World Finals. Now solidly among the sport’s most successful
and best known superstars, Adam 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 popular figures.
For the 2014 Monster
Jam season, Anderson will be behind the wheel of an all new Grave Digger The
Legend Monster Jam truck. The Legend underwent a makeover and will be sporting
a new shade of purple that will continue to set up apart from all of the other
Q&A with Adam
did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
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 Jam 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’s created. I went 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. 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 I feel that 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 that.
won your first Monster Jam World Finals Championship at such a young age, when
you were 22. What are your thoughts about that accomplishment and the pressure
to win more titles?
: 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 though 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.
Having won at such a young age do you think in the long term that beating Tom
Meents’ record for Monster Jam World Finals titles is something that you want
to eventually accomplish?
: Yeah, there’s no doubt about it. Now I think
that Tom’s got 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’ve got so many more years
to go and I believe I can take a lot more of them.
do you do with your free time?
: 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.
you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
really don’t and that’s something that I think helps me out a lot. Because 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, stuff like that, I do that, I carry
those gifts in the truck with me.
you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you
: 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, worked for a bunch 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.
What’s your favorite food?
your favorite movie?
: Tommy Boy
What’s your favorite television show?
What’s your favorite color?