By Daisy Finch
Linsey Read is, indeed, a Wonder Woman.
The Monster Jam driver helms the Wonder Woman truck, a tribute to the DC Comics and Warner Bros. namesake hero. She is bringing it to the Monster Jam show at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, October 7.
Her career is a long time in the making. She got her start in her hometown of El Paso, Texas.
“I would always go to the Monster Jam shows at the Sun Bowl,” she says. “I started meeting some of the drivers. We have what you call a ‘Street Warriors’ race where the local people get to take out their own trucks and race on the same track. Well, I did that two years in a row and the second year, I got second place, like milliseconds behind first place.”
That caught the attention of the drivers.
“Some of the drivers came up and they were like, ‘You know, you’re a pretty good driver. Would you want to drive Monster Jam trucks?’”
She thought it was a joke, until they called her. She soon began training and was accepted into the recovery driver position. Read eventually received her own ride, Scooby Doo.
“I started in 2016 and I was in Scooby Doo first, and I recently started driving Wonder Woman a couple months ago,” she says.
Read is ready for the Monster Jam at University of Phoenix Stadium, a venue that it a favorite among other drivers.
“I’m really excited because, like I said, I haven’t been driving Wonder Woman that long,” she says.
“This’ll be the fourth show for me, plus it’s my fourth stadium show. She’s brand new. I really want to get that truck name out there. Plus, I love Arizona, and it’s super close to my hometown, so hopefully I can have some hometown people there cheering me on, too.”
Fans can get an up close and personal look at Read, Wonder Woman and other drivers and their vehicles during the Pit Party from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
“I love going to the shows and doing the Pit Parties because then we get a one-on-one experience with everybody who’s there,” she says.
“I get to know their stories. They get to know a little bit of mine. I get to hear a lot of hometown stories. I get to experience the culture of new places.”
Monster Jam, University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, 800.745.3000, monsterjam.com, universityofphoenixstadium.com, 7 p.m. Saturday, October 7, $22-$132.