Linsey Read makes her Australian debut at AAMI Park on October 5. She is the reigning World Freestyle Champion.
LINSEY READ’S MONSTER JAM® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
Linsey Read: It is hard to answer this question, I have so many interests and hobbies that I absolutely love. To list a few – Monster Jam, off-roading, wake boarding, wake surfing, camping, fishing, snowboarding and family time. I love adventure. My husband, our kids and I will always try anything new!
Who are your role models?
Linsey Read: My mother plays a huge part in my life. I would definitely have to say she is my main role model. She works so hard to achieve her goals even though she is a single mother of four kids! She has taught me everything I know. As far as a Monster Jam goes, I look up to the older generation of drivers. They are the ones I grew up watching and the ones that have made me want to be a part of this wonderful sport. It’s amazing to see how far Monster Jam has come.
Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
Linsey Read: The first thing I do is check out the track to see where all of the hits are and to have an idea of what I might want to do. You can’t ever plan out exactly what you will do in a show. No matter what you will always end up somewhere you didn’t think you would be and have to hit a different jump. What’s why it is good to know exactly where everything is. Then, I always belt in and put on my safety equipment to make sure everything is perfect before going out to tear it up!
What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
Linsey Read: I am allergic to chicken! Who’s allergic to chicken?
What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
Linsey Read: My favorite memory would have to be Oklahoma City in 2016. That was the first show my family was able to watch me perform at. That was the most nervous I have ever been, I wanted to make them proud. I ended up taking home my first-ever donut win! And it didn’t end there, I also pulled off a freestyle win! Being able to give my family trophies to take home was an unforgettable experience.
What is your most prized possession?
Linsey Read: I would have to say my most prized possession would be my beautiful daughter Dakota. My husband and I were blessed with her on February 16, 2017.
Life on the Road with Monster Jam
What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
Linsey Read: The best thing about being on the road is getting to meet new people from all over. You get to finally meet a fan that follows you on social media or meet someone at their first show and see the excitement on their faces! The worst part about being on the road is being away from your loved ones. Luckily for me, my loved ones like to travel so we get to do this as a family!
While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
Linsey Read: I love to explore new places. Whether it be sight-seeing or trying out a new restaurant. There is always that one meal or place that makes every town unique and I like to find that. It’s all about making memories.
How do you keep fit?
Linsey Read: I don’t go to the gym to keep fit. I go out in my front yard and chop wood. I’m a very active person in my day-to-day life and that’s what keeps me fit. My family loves to be outdoors so we are always doing something to keep us moving.
What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
Linsey Read: I cannot live without my phone. I know that is a very girly thing to say, but I can’t imagine trying to figure out where to go in a new town I’ve never been to without a GPS. Also, it is how I keep in contact with my loved ones while I’m gone. Being able to talk to them before a show to get a good luck pepe talk is much needed!
What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
Linsey Read: I would say my favorite city while on the road has been Pensacola, Florida. It was absolutely beautiful. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend going. Not only were there awesome fans there, but they had two restaurants that my husband and I fell in love with – Peg Let Petes and Shaggy’s! The fishing there was amazing too. A group of us took a charter boat out one day and had a blast! I caught my largest fish there.
How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
Linsey Read: In El Paso, we have a Monster Jam show every March. A bunch of locals used to take their street legal trucks and race them on the same track as the Monster Jam trucks. I did that two years in a row and did really well. After the second time, I had Lee O’Donnell approach me and ask if I would like to be a driver. Thinking there was no way and I was dreaming, I told him yes! After that we got everything put together and the training began and now, here I am today… living the dream!
What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
Linsey Read:My favorite part about Monster Jam is how you feel you are a part of a big family. Yes, we are competitors when the helmets go on but I’ve never met anyone that wasn’t willing to share a word of advice or help cease nerves before a show. Of course, we can’t forget about all of the fans that come out to support us every weekend. Without our fans, we are nothing. I do this to see the smiles and laughs from every single person in the stands. At the end of the day, that’s is what matters.
How would you describe your driving style?
Linsey Read: My first year competing in a Monster Jam truck was on an arena course. The thing I loved to do most was get as much as possible inside a tiny space. I loved to see the looks on people’s faces as these 10,000 pound trucks took flight across the arena floor. I just think to myself what I would like to see if I was at a show watching and try my best to do that for the fans.
What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
Linsey Read: I would tell them the same thing I am going to tell my daughter and my two step-daughters – dare to dream big and live without fear. Don't ever let someone bring you down. Chase your dreams, work hard and be humble and nothing can stop you. It’s not all about who you know but about who you stood out to being you are.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
Linsey Read: There’s no way I can pick one memory to be my favorite. Every part of being a driver is my favorite. To the little kids that come to the shows to their grandparents coming out, they make my job worth showing up for.
Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
Linsey Read: I look up to everyone for inspiration. No two drivers will ever be the same. Everyone has their own unique styles that they are known for and are great at. I love watching everyone out there. I take bits and pieces from every driver whether it be a first-time driver or one of the first ones in the sport.
Where did you grow up?
Linsey Read: I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.
What major city is it near?
Linsey Read: El Paso is a pretty major city but another one would be Albuquerque which is about 260 miles away.
What high school/college did you attend? If applicable, what degree did you receive?
Linsey Read: I attended Franklin High School for the first three years and then graduated from Coronado High School.
Do you have any nicknames?
Linsey Read: My grandmother calls me NeeNee, my step-daughters call be Ella and my friends call me Linda.
What’s your favorite movie?
Linsey Read: Twister
What’s your favorite television show?
Linsey Read: I don’t watch TV enough to have one.
What’s your favorite color?
Linsey Read: White
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Linsey Read: I love all foods… except chicken!
What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
Linsey Read: Whataburger
How would your friend and family describe you?
Linsey Read:Definitely adventurous. My family knows that I am always up for trying something new.