What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
Mike Vaters: I enjoy restoring old monster trucks and other vehicles.
Who are your role models?
Mike Vaters: My mother.
Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals that you run through?
Mike Vaters: I usually just check the truck over.
What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
Mike Vaters: I still own the original Black Stallion Monster Jam truck.
What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
Mike Vaters: My first time competing at Monster Jam World Finals.
What’s your most prized possession?
Mike Vaters: The original Black Stallion Monster Jam truck.
Life on the Road with Monster Jam
What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
Mike Vaters: Meeting and talking with my fans, the old and the new is the best part. The worst part is all of the travel, being away from my home and my family.
While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
Mike Vaters: Catching up on reading and phone calls.
How do you keep fit?
Mike Vaters: I walk a lot.
What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
Mike Vaters: My cell phone so I can FaceTime.
What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
Mike Vaters: Las Vegas, for Monster Jam World Finals.
How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
Mike Vaters: I’ve always had interest in high lifted four-wheel drive trucks. I was called and asked to bring my truck to compete in an event. The rest is history!
What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
Mike Vaters: Meeting the fans during the Pit Parties.
How would you describe your driving style?
Mike Vaters: I drive to get the fastest speed and the biggest air.
What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
Mike Vaters: Stay in school and get your degree so you can follow your dreams.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
Mike Vaters: Competing in my first Monster Jam World Finals event.
Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
Mike Vaters: Jim Koehler.
Do you have any nicknames?
Mike Vaters: Mike
What’s your favorite movie?
Mike Vaters: Grumpy Old Men
What’s your favorite television show?
Mike Vaters: How It’s Made
What’s your favorite color?
Mike Vaters: Blue
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Mike Vaters: Steak
What's your favorite restaurant on the road?
Mike Vaters: Flying J
How would your friend and family describe you?
Mike Vaters: Determined