One of the sport’s best-known female drivers,
Candice Jolly has built a huge fan following in a short time on the Monster Jam®
tour. Jolly’s been raised in a family that loves motorsports and most of her
family participates in many different types of racing. Her sister, Courtney
Jolly has also driven in Monster Jam competitions. Jolly has not only built a
large fan base in North America, she has also become one of the sport’s most
popular drivers on the World Tour, having competed several times outside of the
United States. Known for her big smile and bubbly personality, Jolly is a big
hit, both on the track and during the Party in the Pits.
Q&A with Candice Jolly
MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the
Monster Jam circuit?
Jolly: We were at a show where my sister sang the United States National
Anthem. We started talking to Mike Wales and Brian Welch [Monster Jam
operations managers] and showed them our driving portfolios. Mike and Brian
brought us up to the Grave Digger® shop at two different times to
give us auditions. Shortly after, they gave us jobs on the tour. I’ve been
racing since I was eight years old. I started in go-karts. I’ve run Formula
Vees, Sport 2000’s, Formula Continental, Limited Late Models, dragsters, swamp buggies,
demolition cars, among others, and now Monster Jam trucks.
MonsterJam.com: Who else in your family is involved in
My whole family is involved in motorsports.
My mom and step father race swamp buggies. My dad races drag cars. My son
& youngest sister races go-karts and my grandma raced swamp buggies back in
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road
with Monster Jam?
My favorite part of Monster Jam is getting to meet all the amazing fans in at
the pit parties. All over the world the Monster
Jam fans welcome us to their towns. I love to see all of their homemade poster
they make for us! Some people get very creative with them! It's just like the outfit the kids and
parents make for my Monster Mutt Dalmatian Fashion Show at Monster Jam World
Finals. The families go completely over board! It's brings tears to my eyes
every year that they are there to support me! I love my Dalmatian Nation
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?
We love to go fishing all over the world. If we’re not go-kart racing or racing
demolition cars, we’re usually on the boat playing somewhere.
MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory as a Monster
Jam truck driver?
My greatest memories are all the little kids that I make so happy every year by
bringing my big puppy to their city to perform. Their smiles bring joy to my
heart. I can't explain the happiness it bring me to meet them and hear their
MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you
I’m not superstitious but ever since I was a little girl racing go-karts I’ve
always worn funny-colored socks. For instance, with little monkeys, hearts or
stars on them. If you ever come to me on race day and ask to see my socks,
you’ll see that I’m sporting some crazy designs. I’ve just been doing that
since I was a little kid and I continue to do it.
MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on the Monster
Jam tour, what career path would you follow?
Aside from driving a Monster Jam truck, I’m a restaurant general manager. I
would stick with that. I mean, I haven’t given that position up – my boss said
there’s no way he’s going to let me give it up; so I’ve been pretty much doing
it all. Being a mother, running the restaurant, performing in Monster Jam, running
a go-kart track, I’m busy.
MonsterJam.com: Tell us about your non-profit
It’s for children with Autism and Down’s syndrome who love to ride horses. We
have them come out to our house. We have 43 students. It’s called Showtime Riding Academy.
It’s just been a really great thing. We’ve done a lot with Monster Jam and
Make-A-Wish. I was talking with my mom and sister and really just wanted to do
something for local-area kids who are living with a disease. We started it in
2008, and it has really been an amazing experience for me, my son Chase and the
kids. I love watching the kids having fun.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
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