How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
Jimmy Creten: I ran for a few smaller promotions for a year or two before I got my first chance at a Monster Jam event. One of the first and most memorable was the old King Dome in Seattle. Those fans were some of the craziest ones I can remember. They would start hanging out in the afternoon just to see us unload the Monster Jam trucks.
What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
Jimmy Creten: Most of the time on the road it is very hectic. But a few times a year, we try to take the kids to Disney World or an amusement park while we’re on the road. There’s definitely not much fame and glory in Monster Jam trucks when you’re driving a semi from show to show at 3:00 AM on a Tuesday, but the fans are the ones that keep you going every weekend.
What do you do with your free time?
Jimmy Creten: I was a competitive body builder in my college years and I’ve been working on getting back in shape. I spend as much time as I can at the gym. And, I spend as much time with Dawn and the kids, as possible.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?
Jimmy Creten: Probably, winning the 2005 Freestyle Championship at the World Finals. I’ve done a show or two overseas, but I would love to be part of the European Monster Jam shows. I think those would be memorable, win, lose, or draw.
Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
Jimmy Creten: Not particularly. I do prefer to watch the freestyles before me though. At some venues, the pits are outside the track; so you might see drivers pull inside or even turn their Monster Jam trucks around. I want to know what other drivers are trying to do and what their pace is. Then, I’ll know what I need to do to try and top them.
What’s your favorite food?
Jimmy Creten: Sushi
What’s your favorite movie?
Jimmy Creten: The Hangover
What’s your favorite television show?
Jimmy Creten: WEC Wreck Cage
What’s your favorite color?
Jimmy Creten: Blue, of course!