Monster Jam is back in town! Get ready for loud engine revving, dirt flying from under big tires and huge monster trucks racing for the win. This year Monster Jam is set for the weekend of May 6 and 7 and Hola America got a chance to talk to Armando Castro the driver of El Toro Loco.
Armando Castro is from Whittier, California and he is one of the youngest drivers in Monster Jam. This 20 year old young man fell in love with Monster Jam, after attending an event in Anaheim, CA at the tender age of 6.
“I dreamed to be one,” Castro said about wanting to become a driver for Monster Jam since his first Monster Jam event.
He never thought that the dream would come true one day. While dreaming of becoming a monster jam athlete, Castro followed his parents’ advice and finished school. After graduating from High School, Castro went on to get his EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certificate.
“A lot of people don’t know that I am an EMT,” Armando Castro said.
While working as EMT, he got a chance to reach for his dream. He ran into someone he knew and that meeting changed his fate. He threw the dice and auditioned. The judges must have seen something in him because even though he does not have any motocross experience he got the spot and the summer of last year he spent it at Monster Jam University in Paxton, Illinois.
“First year and first time training. They taught us to drive there,” Castro told about his experience in Monster Jam University.
After the summer of training, Castro was ready to drive the monster truck to victory. Although he started driving for Monster Jam this year he did already have some wins. The one he is most proud of was when during the first quarter he won a third place and ended up in the company of two drivers with experience.
“One was a motocross driver and the other was a NASCAR driver,” Castro proudly shared.
As he is starting off his carrier with Monster Jam, he is not planning on quitting his EMT job. At the moment he is trying to do both.
“My parents are happy and supportive. They are proud,” Armando Castro shared.
“It is an honor and I am proud to represent the Hispanic community,” he added.
He also advised to others not to stop dreaming, don’t get in trouble and finish school.
“Don’t give up. I accomplished a lot in life and it is only the beginning. I have a whole life ahead. Never give up and stay out of trouble,” Armando Ochoa offered his advice.
He also invites everyone in the community to come out for Monster Jam.
“The event is fun and loud. It is different kind of event in a good way,” Castro described Monster Jam in his own words. “Nothing is written and nothing is planned. It is entertainment, but at the end it is a competition among 8 drivers.”
Plan to attend Monster Jam on May 6 or 7 and come early for the Pit Party, where you can meet the drivers, ask them questions, take pictures with them and even walk the track where the main action takes place.
Armando Castro might be one of the youngest drivers in Monster Jam. He might be only 20 years old, but he has a lot going on for him. He saves lives as an EMT during the week, and drives monster trucks on weekends for Monster Jam. Bring your family and come to enjoy Monster Jam and meet Armando Castro and other drivers behind the wheel of monster trucks.
Monster Jam is May 6 at 7:00 PM and May 7 at 1:00 PM at iWireless Center in Moline, IL. Use the offer code: HOLAMJ to save $3. Exp. May 5
Party in the Pits starts at 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM on Saturday and from 10:30 AM to 12.00 PM on Sunday. For more information about Monster Jam go to www.MonsterJam.com or follow Monster Jam on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook.com/MJOnline and Twitter.com/MonsterJam.