Rhianna Buchanan

Rhianna Buchanan

Hometown : Brisbane, QLD, AUS Started competing in Monster Jam : 2017 Birthday : November 21
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About Me

What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?

Rhianna Buchanan: Training, riding bikes, wake surfing, and learning new skills

 

Who are your role models?

Rhianna Buchanan: My friends and family are all superheroes to me.

 

What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?

Rhianna Buchanan: I can talk to animals! Well, not really, but I do have a special connection with animals, especially wildlife.

 

What is your favorite memory on or off the race track?

Rhianna Buchanan: Watching Tom Meents try to decipher my Australian lingo

 

What is your most prized possession?

Rhianna Buchanan: It's a tough tie between my custom-built cafe racer and the 1968 Corvette Stingray I bought my fiancé! (Technically it's still mine!)

 

Life on the Road with Monster Jam

While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?

Rhianna Buchanan: I love exploring places, but instead of tourist activities, I try to see different cities and countries the way the locals do.

 

How do you keep fit?

Rhianna Buchanan: I have an incredible trainer at home in Fitstop, Australia.  Outside of that, we are always riding and practicing stunts or keeping active with friends.

 

What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?

Rhianna Buchanan: My little spikey massage ball! It's a love/hate relationship but it's way easier and cheaper then hiring a full-time masseuse.

 

What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?

Rhianna Buchanan: That's just too hard to pick but what I can say is I have never found a place I didn’t like.

 

Career

How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?

Rhianna Buchanan: In 2015, I started working as a Monster Jam Host. I then became the Australian Ambassador, which gave me the opportunity to jump behind the wheel of a truck.  I used this chance to prove I had great potential to become the first Australian Monster Jam Athlete!

 

What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?

Rhianna Buchanan: Representing all the amazing women out there and, of course, meeting them and the rest of the incredible Monster Jam fans

 

How would you describe your driving style?

Rhianna Buchanan: We call it maximum wonder! 

 

What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?

Rhianna Buchanan: Dreams don't work unless you do, so focus and always try to work on safely progressing your skills however you can.

 

Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?

Rhianna Buchanan: Tom Meents has been inspirational in so many ways: as a coach, mentor and of course being one of the best behind the wheel! I also look up to all of the Women of Monster Jam, especially Becky McDonough, Linsey Read, Candice Jolly and MADUSA!

 

Fun Facts

Do you have any nicknames?

Rhianna Buchanan: Yana: my best friend picked it up from my younger brother and sister who couldn't pronounce my name early on and it just stuck! I also get Ri Ri, Yan, and Rar.

 

What’s your favorite movie?

Rhianna Buchanan: Wonder Woman and Bad Boys II

 

What’s your favorite color?

Rhianna Buchanan: It's forever gone back and forth between red and blue.

 

What’s your favorite thing to eat?

Rhianna Buchanan: I always look at the desert menu first!

 

What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?

Rhianna Buchanan: In Australia, my favorite restaurant is 5.4 Meals, which keeps me healthy and happy on the road.

 

How would your friend and family describe you?

Rhianna Buchanan: Crazy and funny, down to earth and always there to support and help them

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