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 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, Johnson relishes being a
role model for the youth and brings her positive message to fans of 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 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 GrinderSM when
regular GrinderSM 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 ShootoutSM driving the Grinder Monster Jam truck.
2013, Johnson is behind the wheel of the brand new Scooby DooTM
Monster Jam truck. Guaranteeing to leave fans with their tails waggin' Johnson was
excited to start out the season and to show everyone what her and Scooby Doo
are made of.
Q&A with Nicole Johnson
did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
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
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
: Yes, 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 okay to do all of these things, well you know if you don't
think it's okay 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?
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 favorite food?
What's your favorite movie?
: The Wizard
: What's your favorite television show?
: I don't
really watch a lot of TV
: What's your favorite color?