Weenk is one of the most popular and well-known superstars in Monster Jam®.
The Canadian native started his career in Jurassic Attack, but began to make
his name when he exploded onto the scene driving Iron Outlaw for Jimmy Creten’s
2Xtreme Race Team. As a virtual unknown, Weenk started the 2006 winter season
in Iron Outlaw with a series of victories at some of the sport’s biggest
televised events including Montreal, Minneapolis, and Detroit. It was these
events where Weenk captured wins over the top stars in the sport, cementing his
status as one of the premier racers in Monster Jam. In 2008, Weenk was selected
to drive Blue Thunder®. Now he drives the Lucas Oil Crusader®
Monster Jam truck.
Q&A with Linsey Weenk
How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
was playing Junior B Hockey in Saskatchewan and at the time my older brother
Kevin was driving Jurassic Attack for Don Frankish. Unexpectedly, my brother’s
baby boy was born four months premature so he had to get out of the sport. He
discussed the idea of me driving the Monster Jam truck with his boss and after
getting the go ahead, he asked me if I wanted to come drive. I left right then
for Alberta. I pretty much loaded the truck up by myself and headed for San
Diego and I also learned how to drive semis at that time too. I started driving
Jurrassic Attack after my brother Kevin, and then my brother Nathan drove it
after I did, then he went to drive for Randy Brown. I drove Jurassic Attack for
five years and then Jimmy Creten hired me. I drove Scarlet Bandit for a while
and Bounty Hunter for about half a year, and then they got Iron Outlaw going,
which eventually became my own Monster Jam truck.
What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
I’ve really gotten into bringing my clubs on the road and trying to find golf
courses. We go to so many cool places and they normally send me in a day early.
There’s nothing better that I like doing than to go find a nice golf course to
kill a day and enjoy the area.
What do you do with your free time?
With my free time I’m trying to do more farm stuff. I’m trying to get back up
to the farm more. Now that I live in California I miss the seasons of Canada
and the farm life. Once you’re a farm boy it’s kind of in your blood. So,
making my way up there and doing that stuff is what I enjoy.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?
Two memories come to mind. First, was my winning streak in Iron Outlaw where I
went undefeated for nearly the whole first quarter of that season. It was
particularly special because that was my first season meeting all of the big
dogs. That really jumped me up into what I would call the spotlight. The second
is my crash in Orlando. That was such a unique moment. I remember going to hit
that RV thinking that Monster Jam truck should just blow right through. And as
soon as I hit, I could feel the front tires start to climb the side of the RV. I
knew that I was probably in for it. It’s one of those things where you almost
start to worry about your health conditions when that thing is coming down.
Once it came down and landed, and I was alright, I started thinking that at
least my stunt must have made a pretty cool highlight, and if I’m not in
trouble for wrecking the Monster Jam truck, I should still have a job
Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
Weenk:I always buckle in the same way. I always like to buckle in three or four
Monster Jam trucks before I get to go. It seems like every time you’re watching
other Monster Jam trucks go out there, taking bigger hits, the bar gets raised.
Then I adjust my seat belts a little bit tighter, getting to the point where I
better go out next or they’re going to be so tight I’m going to run out of
breath. We can get those things cinched up pretty tight now. That’s probably my
only pre-race ritual. I’m not superstitious or anything like that. I don’t
blame losses on different things I did the day before. I like to go in with a
pretty loose attitude, with my mind at ease. I feel once you find a ritual that
works, you just stick with it.
If you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you
I was pretty much enrolled at Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) up in Canada
before I started driving Outlaw. Prior to being a driver, along with being a
farmer, I had my heart set on being a police officer. I was already enrolled
with a police department up in Canada before I started driving down here. You
know, it’s crazy what path life takes you down. And it’s not too late, yet. I’d
still like to pursue that at a later date, but for now my heart’s here.
What’s your favorite food?
Ham and scalloped potatoes
What’s your favorite movie?
What’s your favorite television show?
What’s your favorite color?
Blue and Red