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Adrenaline rush drives Monster Jam competitor

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 21:49:02-05

San Diego (KGTV) — Monster Jam competitors are preparing to hit the stage at Petco Park.

One of the drivers, Cynthia Gauthier, says it’s the best job in the world.

“You get addicted to that feeling! That adrenaline rush before the show starts, the crowd, the lights,” beams Gauthier.

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It’s hard to imagine Gauthier was studying to be an accountant before realizing a 9-to-5 desk job was not going to work for her.

The Quebec native started motocross at 18-years-old and was eventually introduced to monster trucks. Cars have always been in her blood.

“My dad is a mechanic so I grew up being with him in the garage. I remember I was that little girl sitting down. But he used to bring me to race and I think that’s where my adrenaline came from,” said Gauthier.

While women only make up a small portion of monster truck drivers, Gauthier is proving they can compete, and beat, the men.

“When the helmet's down we want to win! You don’t see really if it’s a woman or man under the helmet, all we care is to beat the other person,” said Gauthier.

She hopes her performance will inspire more young girls and women to fall in love with the sport.

Wonder what it takes to control a monster truck? We spoke with another driver before Monster Jam last year on Facebook Live: