JOHN SEASOCK’S MONSTER JAM® WORLD
of the sport’s most accomplished drivers on the track and one of the most
giving off of the track, John Seasock has more than 20 years of Monster Jam®
excellence under his belt in a career that has taken him to victories all over
the world. Seasock has won at many of the biggest Monster Jam events, including
back-to-back World Racing Championships won driving BatmanTM at
World Finals VIII and IX at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Seasock rose through
the ranks in his Sudden Impact Monster Jam truck, eventually landing the
coveted Batman ride that he drove to that pair of world titles, and now Seasock
is a part of the high profile Advance Auto Parts Grinder team. Seasock is also
one of the sport’s busiest personalities off of the track with a constant
schedule of appearances at schools and hospitals along with his lengthy list of
charitable works. John also spends as much time as anyone in the sport
communicating with the fans at events, other appearances, and even on line
through his vast social network that gives fans direct access to one of the
sport’s most popular figures.
Seasock will once again be behind the wheel of the Batman Monster Jam truck
which he has won two Monster Jam World Finals championships in. With this
exciting move for Seasock, look out for him to put the pressure on all of the other
drivers as he tries to secure a third championship next year.
Q&A with John
did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
had a big truck back in high school. All of my buddies had Camaro’s and cars
like that and on Saturday nights they would be cruisin’ the town, but I never
fit into a certain niche. Everybody had fast cars but I was always in a big
truck. If everybody was walking down the right side of the street I’d walk down
the left. I always stood on my own. So I had my big truck, then I went to the
Spectrum in Philadelphia and saw Monster Jam trucks and right then I thought it
would be cool to do something like that. I waited for autographs like the fans
do today; I got my first autograph and asked for a lot of advice. It all
started there. So then we started building a Monster Jam truck and then we
found Sudden Impact, and were able to buy what pieces were left of it, so we
kept building and put it together, and there have been seven versions of the
Sudden Impact Monster Jam truck after that.
What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
I like hanging out with the fans. I like visiting hospitals, visiting schools,
and just giving back some of the blessings we receive being in Monster Jam. You
know, we get to travel all over the world, and it’s all because of the fans.
They are what make us, and I like to spend as much time with them as I can.
is giving back so important to you? And list some of your charitable works.
is really important to me. I have two boys at home, J.R. and Kyle, and I’ve
always thought that you pass it forward. If I can help someone else out,
hopefully if they ever needed it someone would help them out. We now have the
Seasock Cares Foundation, we raise a lot of money for Make-A-Wish and for
special needs children. I do a lot of hospital visits, a lot of school visits,
and inspirational speaking at different venues all around the world. We try to
do as much as we can. Most of my day is spent answering emails, talking to fans
and trying to make a difference.
What do you do with your free time?
first thing is I like to spend time with my boys. When I’m on the road I miss
them terribly. I do a lot of kayaking, mountain biking, motorcycle stunt
riding, quads, and I like to ski. I’m a big adrenalin junkie. You get a big
rush from Monster Jam truck driving and I try to stay on that rush.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?
There are just so many. I’ve had a lot of phenomenal moments, I could write
forever about them. Probably the one thing that was the biggest highlight of my
life was when I was racing Todd Frolic in Wildwood, N.J., and we came into a
corner together, I had the inside lane and he had the outside lane. We got
tangled up and he ended up flipping his Monster Jam truck over and instead of
finishing the race to win I stopped my Monster Jam truck and got out to see if
he was okay. We were pretty far away from everyone. Then my son came up to me
and he thought that it was so cool that I thought it was more important to make
sure that my friend was okay then it was to win a race. That meant so much to
me that my son saw something like that and appreciated it.
you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
I’m by no means a saint but I have my religious beliefs and I always say a prayer
before every race. I am deathly afraid of black cats. I drove seven miles out
of my way one time. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania and there are not
many roads around there. A black cat crossed my path on my way to dinner and I
drove seven miles out of the way just to not go down that road. Besides that I
always check on the Monster Jam truck. I’ve been lucky to have fantastic crew chiefs
but still, I’m old school so I always put a hand on it to make sure everything
is good, 100%. Then I just sit and focus. I believe that you can achieve
anything if you believe that you can achieve it, so I run lots of things
through my head before I run.
you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you
I’d be a firefighter. I’ve been big into
firefighting all of my life. I’ve been a fireman since I was 15 years old. I
actually lied about my age to be able to join a fire company. That was a big
part of my life, it was something that I really enjoyed, just helping firemen
along the way and all the experiences that I’ve had there. I used to be a 911
dispatcher. I’ve worked on a haz-mat team. I had a choice, my career was going
good and I took a test to be a paid fireman in the city of Redding. I had the
option of deciding what I wanted to do at that time, I could have been a
fireman or I could have gone into Monster Jam trucks more than I already was
and I chose the Monster Jam truck path. Every step that we take leads to our
future and I have no regrets with the choices that I’ve made, but if I wasn’t involved
in Monster Jam, I’d be a fireman.
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