Preston Perez

Preston Perez

Residence : Hagerstown, MD Started competing in Monster Jam : 2018 Birthday : September 12
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About Me

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

I really enjoy playing video games and watching TV whenever I have free time.

Who are your role models?

I have many role models, but I would have to say Mike Vaters. He has taught me a lot and done a lot for me in my life. I owe most every opportunity I have to him.

Do you have any “pre-show” rituals you run through?

I always make a quick check over my truck just to make sure I don’t see anything out of the ordinary. Then, after I get strapped in, I say a prayer over myself and the other competitors as well as thank God for giving me another opportunity to do what I love.

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

I love music and I can sing pretty good according to those who have heard me.

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

I would have to say it’s a tie between my mom seeing me compete for the first time and when I defeated Monster Jam World Finals Racing Champion Jimmy Creten in the final round of racing at an event in only my second season as a driver.

What is your most prized possession?

I don’t have one that stands out. Any trophies or achievemenst or awards I have acquired over the years mean a lot to me. Also, I have a blue monkey that my mother gave me when I was young that I always have riding with me while I perform in any events.

Life on the Road with Monster Jam

What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?

The best thing is seeing a lot of my friends that I only ever get to see at certain events, but the hardest thing is definitely being away from home and losing time with my family.

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

I like to just relax and take whatever free time I have to keep in touch with loved ones.

How do you keep fit?

By working on my Monster Jam truck almost every day and doing my best to eat healthy.

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

My phone for sure. I’d honestly be lost without the ability to talk to my family.

What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?

Spokane. It’s where I grew up and have lived most of my life. Otherwise, if I could live anywhere in the country, I’d choose Bellevue, Washington. It’s a very beautiful area.

 

Career
How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?

I have always dreamed of being a Monster Jam driver ever since I was little. I worked my way up volunteering for various Monster Jam teams until one day I was offered a chance to compete. From there, I just kept working at it until I became a full-time competitor.

What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?

The energy. There is no other event as big and as electric as Monster Jam. The feeling of pulling into a dark venue with spotlights and over a thousand screaming fans is a feeling that is indescribable.

How would you describe your driving style?

Smooth and consistent. I like to keep my cool and believe especially in racing that slower can be faster. For Freestyle, I like to make my turns quick and try to hit as many obstacles as I can in a short time frame.

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

Simply to never give up no matter how hard it gets. Don’t let anyone ever tell you no or bring you down. There is a place for you if you want it that bad. Pray and don/t lose faith.

What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?

Driving Taurus down Thunder Alley at the end of the Monster Jam World Finals encore in 2018 was a pretty special moment for me. I wasn’t racing, but I was driving in a legendary venue that had been a huge part of my life growing up.

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

Current driver I would have to definitely say Jimmy Creten. Past, I would say Brian Barthel because he was always a great racer and came from behind when least expected.

 

Fun Facts

Do you have any nicknames?

Paco, Rabbit, Street Beast

What’s your favorite movie?

Coming to America

What’s your favorite television show?

The Blacklist, Breaking Bad, Family Guy, Impractical Jokers, Orange is the New Black.

What’s your favorite color?

Blue

What’s your favorite thing to eat?

Chicken and waffles

What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?

China Dragon and Old European are my two favorite places.

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