Taryn Laskey

Driver name: Taryn Laskey
Residence: Tulsa, OK
Birthplace: Tulsa, OK
Date of birth: November 5, 1986
Years competing: Since 2011

One of newest female Monster Jam® drivers, Taryn Laskey is certainly not a newcomer to racing. Growing up in a family that was involved in motorsports led Laskey to start racing quarter midgets at age 10, while also spending a lot of her time in the gym as a competitive gymnast and a ballerina. On the track after getting her feet wet in quarter midgets she then moved into other types of racing before going to Indianapolis to drive dirt Sprint Cars. For Laskey motorsports was part of her family life. Her Dad’s side of the family was in motorcross, while her Mom’s side of the family raced Late Model Stock Cars and Sprints Cars. When Laskey wanted to go racing at an early age, her Mother decided that it had to be something that had a roll cage. Proving how varied the personalities are in Monster Jam these days, along with her love of the fans and performing in the 10,000 pound Monster Jam trucks, Laskey, who earned her degree in Psychology, is also a painter and poet.


During the 2013 Monster Jam season, Laskey will accompany Candice Jolly as the second driver for the Monster MuttSM Dalmatian team.


Q&A with Taryn Laskey


MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?


Taryn Laskey:   I watched a female driver in Monster Jam on TV, and I just thought that it would be a lot of fun to do that. I love racing and I love kids. When I was in Sprint Car racing there were not many female drivers and a lot of little girls would come up to me and they would love my car and loved seeing me race, and I saw that with the female drivers in Monster Jam too, so that’s cool. That’s what I like along with the adrenalin rush from racing. So I just decided to email my resume to the Monster Jam officials, and a month later I got the chance to test in North Carolina. It was really time for me to make a change. I had exhausted my opportunities in Indy, and with the economy it’s really hard to break into those ranks. Series like Indy, you have to have a lot of financial backing that I didn’t have so I took the chance to try and get into Monster Jam and it worked out.


MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?


Taryn Laskey:  Jumping through the air in the Monster Jam truck is so thrilling. In Sprint Cars getting air is a bad thing, so getting the air is really great. I mean these Monster Jam trucks are amazing. Of course I like spending time with the fans and getting to meet new people. I love to meet new people; I’m just a social butterfly. And traveling around and getting to see new places. I’ve pretty much always been in the Midwest so it’s really cool to travel around to places I’ve never been before.


MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?


Taryn Laskey:   I’ve been in gymnastics since I was 3 years old. I did that all through high school until I graduated. I was very competitive in that. I coach gymnastics and I love doing that. Also I like to choreograph. I was a ballerina for a long time. For many years that was my life, I lived in the gym instead of going out with friends. I was in the gym at least 20 hours a week, but that is what I loved to do. Also I’m a painter, I love to paint. And I love to write poetry. I’m actually a published poet. I like to wake board and snow board too.


MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?


Taryn Laskey:  Being new I just remember that the first time I got to actually drive a Monster Jam truck in an event I was so nervous. I did the first donut contest and we broke the fuel pump. So we had to take the Monster Jam truck to the back and I didn’t get to race which was awful, that’s what I really wanted to do. I remember that after it got fixed I went out for freestyle and I hadn’t really even been on the track except for doing the donuts so I was really nervous. But with the interaction of the crowd, the way the fans were cheering, it got me all pumped up and over the nerves. It was a lot of fun, but I just remember how nervous I was and how great the fans were in helping me get through that.


MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?


Taryn Laskey:   Yes. I always put my left shoe on first. I always do my belts the same way. I put my Hans on first and then do my belts the same way, then hook up my Hans, and I always do it left to right. Gloves are the same way; I always put the left one on first. And I like to get in the Monster Jam truck early, not to be rushed but to sit in there and clear my mind and get ready to go.


MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you follow?


Taryn Laskey:  I have a degree in Psychology and I was going to go to Medical School, but instead I went off to Indy to go racing. And I am actually starting Nursing School.


MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?


Taryn Laskey: I love baked potatoes


MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?


Taryn Laskey:  Dirty Dancing


MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite television show?


Taryn Laskey:   American Idol  


MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?



Taryn Laskey:   Purple