It is not uncommon to see someone fall in
love with Monster Jam® trucks, want to become a part of the sport,
get the proper training, start working on them as a mechanic, and then get the
opportunity to drive one of these amazing machines. It is rare, however, that a
female takes that path into the driver’s seat. Yet that is exactly the formula
that Becky McDonough used to become a driver in Monster Jam. After beginning to
establish a relationship through emails with one of the sport’s best known
female stars, Madusa, who offered her advice on how to get into the game,
McDonough went through the necessary technician training to land a job working
on Monster Jam trucks and eventually became the Crew Chief for Nitro Circus.
McDonough worked hard to learn that part of the craft and showed her ability to
work with a team attitude, developing a tremendous chemistry with her Monster
Jam truck driver Cam McQueen on the Nitro Circus team. Despite her success as a
Crew Chief, Becky never abandoned her desire to be a Monster Jam truck driver,
and she finally got the opportunity, competing in Costa Rica in 2010 behind the
wheel of Donkey Kong, where her impressive debut performance landed her that
coveted full time seat as a driver starting in 2011. In 2012 McDonough’s career
continued to blossom when she joined the popular El Toro Loco® team.
Following McDonough’s success in the driver’s
seat of the El Toro Loco Monster Jam truck in 2012, she was upgraded to a new
paint job for 2013. McDonough keep ownership of the yellow version of El Toro
Loco for 2014 and she is seeing red… fair warning to all of her competition.
with Becky McDonough
How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
Back in 9th grade, a bunch of friends were going to the Monster Jam
event in Minneapolis and had an extra ticket so hey, what the heck! I was always into racing and knew I wanted to
be a part of the sport in some way shape or form. By the time I left the dome,
I was in absolute love with the beasts and knew someday I was going to be a
part of it. I could feel it in my bones! Of course, all my buddies said I was
crazy because I didn’t even change my own oil.
After becoming a fan, I soon learned about Madusa. Watching her out there running with the big
dogs totally inspired me. We shared a
few emails back and forth and she gave me a phone number to call about a job,
and the rest is history.
What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
It is definitely cool to meet all the new people around the world. If and when
there is time, I try to make it out and sight see in the different countries
and get a real experience of the culture.
What do you do with your free time?
love being outside, whether it’s tooling around on my four wheeler or out on a
lake, boating and fishing. Being with my family and friends definitely tops the
chart. I also love doing anything from snowmobiling, hanging out on the North
Carolina beaches or horseback riding.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?
My very first weekend out, I was in Costa Rica in Donkey Kong and Madusa was
there. Back in high school she had sent me an email and had ended it with “see
you at the green light.” I was hoping and praying that we would get paired up
in racing, being my first weekend out and the history between us. As luck would
have it, our qualifying numbers put us in first round together!
Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
the show, I tire up the truck, set up the shocks, check nuts and bolts and make
sure fluids are full.
If you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you
only knows! I wanted to drive Monster Jam trucks for so long I never thought of
What’s your favorite food?
Steak and boneless buffalo wings
What’s your favorite movie?
Dumb and Dumber, Son in Law
What’s your favorite television show?
I don’t have too much time for TV anymore.
What’s your favorite color?