What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
Linsey Weenk: Wakeboarding, golfing, time with family and friends, farming and camping.
Who are your role models?
Linsey Weenk: My grandfather and father. Also, John Force and Carl Edwards.
Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
Linsey Weenk: I really don’t other than the regular look at track procedure. I had some in my hockey years that I focused too much on and found it a distraction so eliminated that with new profession.
What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
Linsey Weenk: I have a passion for farming. I return to Saskatchewan twice a year to participate in family farming business, to only to help, but honestly to run big farm machinery (don’t judge my childish ways).
What is your favorite memory on or off the race track?
Linsey Weenk: The first time I met and competed against Dennis Anderson in Montreal, Canada in 2005 driving Iron Outlaw. As the fairy tale goes, I beat him. That was kickoff to my 24-race win streak, which boosted my career into what it is today.
What is your most prized possession?
Linsey Weenk: Custom made trophy from Lucas Oil Motorsports Team, only trophy that stays in house year round.
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 Weenk: Worst - leaving family and having to explain to a four-year-old that I'm leaving for a little bit, I'm kind of wrapped around her finger. Best - I love my job, the adrenaline rush, the fans make you feel 10 feet tall; seeing the smiles of thousands of fans is a rush.
While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
Linsey Weenk: Experiencing what the city has to offer, if I’m lucky there is a hockey game on or a concert, I enjoy the history of different cities, and meeting up with old fans, family or friends in the area.
How do you keep fit?
Linsey Weenk: Using the hotel gym which can be brutal sometimes, ha-ha and not eating after event which is hard to do.
What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
Linsey Weenk: Portable speaker and iPad for my Netflix addiction.
What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
Linsey Weenk: Amsterdam and Wroclaw, Poland were the most interesting cities. My race buddies and myself made a trip to Auschwitz during the week in between shows. It was mind blowing and not usually on your dream trip vacation guide, but one that I'll never forget.
How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
Linsey Weenk: Short version, I was playing junior hockey when my brother, who was driving Young Gun, had to retire immediately and got me the job. His son was born weighing 1.5 pounds and he couldn’t continue road life. Update, his son is happy and as normal as a 16 year old gets.
What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
Linsey Weenk: The thrill of competition, man and machine vs man and machine. Representing Lucas Oil is a lot of fun both on the track and off. Representing Built Ford Tough in Blue Thunder was also a great period in my life.
How would you describe your driving style?
Linsey Weenk: Racing - Calculated, consistent and aggressive. Freestyle - Smooth, with spikes of craziness and one shot of a truck-damaging move.
What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
Linsey Weenk: Don’t let anyone dampen your drive and spirit to do it. Personally, my advice is to start the way I did, work cheap as a driver and or crew guy for a smaller operation, let your hard work and perseverance do the talking. Pay your dues.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
Linsey Weenk: Winning trophies at Lucas Oil Stadium, representing Lucas Oil with Forrest Lucas (owner) present is a huge pressure that is beyond words, and to hold the trophy at end of night was bliss. Shooting and acting in Lucas Oil commercials was a great experience, also unveiling the ‘09 F-150 with Toby Keith. Small cameo in movie Rat Race with Jurassic Attack, and then TV show Scrubs with Iron Outlaw.
Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
Linsey Weenk: Dennis Anderson, he is a pioneer and leader on and off the track. My fellow competitors all bring inspiration in one form or another.
Do you have any nicknames?
Linsey Weenk: Weenkie, Weenkster, Linz. Growing up my brothers liked Tubbie.
What’s your favorite movie?
Linsey Weenk: Horrible Bosses
What’s your favorite television show?
Linsey Weenk: Impractical Jokers
What’s your favorite color?
Linsey Weenk: Red and Blue
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Linsey Weenk: BBQ tri-tip
How would your friends and family describe you?
Linsey Weenk: Busy, lucky.