A top driver for Dan Rodoni’s California-based Monster
Jam® team, Andrew Peckham’s story is that of a young man who got an
opportunity to join a top team, worked his way up as a mechanic, and eventually
landed in the driver’s seat of a top-notch machine, which turned in some great
performances at Monster Jam competitions across the country. Hard-working and
motivated, some of Peckham’s top runs in Tropical Thunder have come at events
televised by Speed, showcasing that he is one of those drivers who loves the
big stage and the brightest spotlights. Peckham’s love of Monster Jam trucks
continues to propel him forward as one of the sport’s rising stars.
Q&A with Andrew Peckham
MonsterJam.com: How did you get started
competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
I started out as a member of the pit crew, on The
Patriot. At the age of 21, after showing an interest in driving, Dan Rodoni put
me in the driver’s seat for Tropical Thunder. In my younger years, I took center
stage at the Watsonville Speedway driving dirt track stock cars.
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy most about
competing in Monster Jam?
The best part of being a Monster Jam truck driver, no doubt, is the
adrenaline rush and then meeting and hanging out with the devoted fans. Kids
who want to become Monster Jam truck drivers need to stay in school and believe
in their dreams. The best part of signing an autograph for a kid is the
excitement in their eyes when they get to meet the guy in the "BIG
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free
I love anything with horse power: jet skis; boats; and, of course, 4x4s.
is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?
My first weekend in the Monster
Jam truck, I smoked the competition in racing. This win gave me the confidence
I needed to continue to compete with some of the fastest Monster Jam trucks in
the industry. I am motivated, competitive, fun, and hard-working.
MonsterJam.com: What preparation does it take
to compete in Monster Jam?
To prepare for the season, we spend many hours
going through the Monster Jam truck to make sure that everything is
secure and ready for the start of the season. I try catch up on my sleep,
because once the season starts we will be on the GO! My favorite stop
during Monster Jam is Las Vegas, baby! Every season, I look to improve my
stats, tear some stuff up, and get lots of BIG AIR! Monster Jam trucks
are fast, powerful, exciting, and destructive.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
Steak and potatoes
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
Days of Thunder
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?