Don't think of Nicole Johnson as just
a pretty face in Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. This mother of two has a
lengthy list of motorsports accomplishments on her resume. She has 17 years of
four wheeling experience in her past and she has excelled in rock crawling competitions,
which she first undertook as a professional in 2005. Not only has she been a
big winner in the Western US rock crawling series, Johnson has also driven in short
course racing on the Lucas Oil Off Road Series. Along with being a success on the
track, Nicole Johnson relishes being a role model for the youth and brings her
positive message to fans of Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, and she especially
focuses that message on the children, encouraging the sport's young fans to
take care of themselves and make the right decisions. Johnson tells the young
fans at events to respect themselves, respect others, and to know that they can
achieve anything that they want if they make the right decisions and work hard
for what they want. Making her debut in Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam in 2011,
Johnson quickly impressed fans with her racing talent and flair for the
spectacular in her freestyles driving Tasmanian Devil. Johnson then did an
outstanding job piloting Advance Auto Parts Grinder when regular Grinder driver
Frank Krmel was injured at the start of the 2012 season and Johnson earned one
of the coveted berths in the first ever Young Guns Shootout driving the Advance
Auto Parts Grinder.
For 2013, Johnson will be behind the wheel of the brand new
Scooby Doo Monster Jam truck. Guaranteeing to leave fans with their tails
waggin' Johnson is excited to start out the season and to show everyone what
her and Scooby Doo are made of.
with Nicole Johnson
: How did you get
started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
This all came out of nowhere. I was at the SEMA show and was star struck
meeting Dennis Anderson. It was like 5 o'clock and nobody else was around and
there he was, and he was so polite. He gave me a hug and Ryan was standing
there and he knew I was into rock crawling and they said "hey, we're looking
for females" in Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. So they introduced me to the
right people to test, and here I am. It's so cool!
: What do you enjoy
most about being in Monster Jam?
I think that being in front of whole
stadiums full of fans has got to be the biggest adrenalin rush ever. I've never
experienced anything quite that big.
: What do you do with
your free time?
: I'm a mom, I have two boys. I'm married and
we have a construction company in Las Vegas so I wear a lot of hats. And we're
always working on our off road vehicles, so we have a pretty full plate and we
go to church on Sundays. I stay pretty busy.
: You seem to embrace
being a role model for kids, don't you?
I really would just like to be able to set a positive example for kids and show
them that you can respect your body by what you consume and how you dress and
how you act, and to remember that everybody is always watching you. Especially
in this day and age with cell phone cameras all over the place, people are
watching you. So if you respect yourself others will respect you and you can
achieve anything that you want. Honestly I just want kids to have something
positive to look up to so they know that they don't have to cave into all the
new trends and fads. There are just a ton of different things being thrown at
kids. Society says it's o-k to do all of these things, well you know if you
don't think it's o-k then stick to what you believe in and you'll succeed much
better than if you go along with the crowd.
If you were not
competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you follow?
Actually looking back I think this is
more for me, it's more of my personality than I ever realized because when I
was little I had a go-kart, when I was 5 years old with a Briggs and Stratton
lawn mower engine. My dad was always tinkering with something, teaching me
things like how a carburetor was put together, or telling me how a turbo works.
I was always around cars. When I was 16 I was the first one to get a license,
the first one to get a car. And then when my friends got cars I always wanted
to drive them. I was like "let me drive your car, let me driver your car." When
I got married, I was 19 and my husband had a Land Cruiser, which he still has,
and I said "let me drive your Land Cruiser." He said "no girl has ever driven
my land Cruiser except for my mother." But he gave me the keys! When I look back
it's this pattern that I was always into driving.
: What's your
What's your favorite
The Wizard of Oz
: What's your
favorite television show?
: I don't really watch a lot of TV.
: What's your
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