Linsey Weenk is one of Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam’s® most popular and well-known superstars. 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 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam’s premier racers. In 2008, Weenk was selectedto driverBlue Thunder®.Now he drives the all new Lucas Oil Crusader.
Q&A with Linsey Weenk
MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
Linsey Weenk:I 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 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 the truck 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 truck.
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
Linsey Weenk: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.
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?
Linsey Weenk: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.
MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory as a monster truck driver?
Linsey Weenk: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 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 truck, I should still have a job tomorrow.
MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
Linsey Weenk:I always buckle in the same way. I always like to buckle in three or four trucks before I get to go. It seems like every time you’re watching other 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.
MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you follow?
Linsey Weenk: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.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
Linsey Weenk: Ham and scalloped potatoes
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
Linsey Weenk:The Gladiator
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite television show?
Linsey Weenk:The Office
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?
Linsey Weenk:Blue And Red
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|Engine:||540 CI Merlin|
|Transmission||Coan 2 Speed|
|Tires||66" Terra Tires|
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