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 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, 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
Jolly: My mom and step father race swamp buggies. My son races go-karts. My
youngest sister races go-karts. I have two sisters that race barrel horses. My
dad races drag cars. My grandma raced swamp buggies. I think that’s about it!
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road
with Monster Jam?
Jolly: I love the pit parties. I love getting to meet all of the kids and all
of the different fans. A young fan actually created a fan club for me. He and
his mother set up the CandiceJollyFanClub.com website. They called me and just
asked if they could do it. He came through our autograph line and wanted a
picture, but unfortunately fans aren’t allowed to go behind the autograph
table. He wanted a picture so badly and he had his little Monster MuttSM
outfit on, so I just had to tell him, “Here baby, turn around, we’ll get one
right here.” So I leaned across the table, he leaned back, and we got the
picture. Then his mom called and emailed to tell me about how touched her son
had been, and how I had impacted his life. She told me that I’m his girlfriend
races his Monster Jam truck toys every day and he even made the babysitter
pretend to be Candice!
that’s the best part, just meeting all of the kids, especially all the
Make-A-Wish kids that we get to meet.
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?
Jolly: I have a young son who loves to go to the Bahamas and he loves to be on
the boat. So, when we’re not go-kart racing or racing demolition cars, we’re
usually on the boat playing somewhere. Off-shore fishing, things like that.
MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory as a Monster
Jam truck driver?
Jolly: Finishing second to Adam [Anderson] in New Orleans freestyle in 2010. I
gave him a run for his money. Had I crossed something up, I think that he would
have totally been in the second spot.
MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you
Jolly: 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?
Jolly: Not really sure. Aside from driving a Monster Jam truck, I’m a
restaurant general manager. I probably 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, I’m busy.
MonsterJam.com: Tell us about your non-profit organization.
Jolly: 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. The website is showtimeridingacademy1.com. 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 a great thing for me and the kids. I love watching the kids
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
Jolly: Sushi and lobster
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
Jolly: Any movie just about. I’m a movie-holic! I’ve got a 60-inch screen
in the bedroom, surround sound, the whole nine yards. I’m a maniac for movies.
I love Netflix!
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite television show?
Jolly: The Big Bang Theory
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?
Jolly: Baby pink