Becky McDonough

Driver name: Becky McDonough
Owner of: El Toro Loco®
Residence: Brainerd, MN
Birthplace: Brainerd, MN
Date of birth: August 14, 1987
Years competing: Since 2010
It’s not uncommon to see someone fall in love with Monster Jam® trucks. Their passion for the sport drives them to pursue a career in the business as a mechanic and ultimately a driver. That’s precisely the career path for Monster Jam driver Becky McDonough, one of the few women in the sport.

After establishing a relationship with one of the sport’s best known female stars, Madusa®, McDonough followed the sound advice that she was given and launched her career. McDonough went through the necessary technician training to land a job working on Monster Jam trucks. She became the first-ever female Crew Chief in Monster Jam, wrenching for the Nitro Circus Monster Jam truck, based off the popular Nitro Circus television show founded by action sports legend Travis Pastrana.

McDonough worked hard to learn that part of the craft and showed her ability to work with a team attitude, developing an equally rewarding partnership with her Monster Jam truck driver Cam McQueen on the Nitro Circus team. Despite her success as a Crew Chief, McDonough never abandoned her desire to be a Monster Jam driver, and she finally earned the opportunity, competing in Costa Rica in 2010 behind the wheel of Donkey Kong.

Her impressive debut performance landed her a full time position as a driver. In 2012 McDonough’s career continued to blossom when she joined the popular El Toro Loco® team, which is where she currently dwells.

Q&A with Becky McDonough

MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?

Becky McDonough: 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

MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?

Becky McDonough: 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.

MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?

Becky McDonough: I 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.

MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?

Becky McDonough: 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!

MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?

Becky McDonough: Before the show, I tire up the truck, set up the shocks, check nuts and bolts and make sure fluids are full.

MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you follow?

Becky McDonough: God only knows! I wanted to drive Monster Jam trucks for so long I never thought of another career!

MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?

Becky McDonough: Steak and boneless buffalo wings.

MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?

Becky McDonough: Dumb and Dumber, Son in Law

MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite television show?

Becky McDonough: I don’t have too much time for TV anymore.

MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?

Becky McDonough: Green