IRL: Reeves Set for IRL Debut

(Indianapolis) Stevie Reeves spent his Sunday afternoon trying to help Tony Stewart avoid the mishaps that occured during the Pep Boys 400k at Dover. This Saturday at Charlotte he won't be available as a spotter, he'll need one of his own. ...

(Indianapolis) Stevie Reeves spent his Sunday afternoon trying to help Tony Stewart avoid the mishaps that occured during the Pep Boys 400k at Dover. This Saturday at Charlotte he won't be available as a spotter, he'll need one of his own.

Reeves, named last week as the new driver of the Pagan Racing Dallara, was at the Monster Mile this past weekend as a spectator until the defending IRL series champion asked for some help from the former USAC National Midget champion.

"He needed a spotter and asked me if I could help," said Reeves. "I figured, why not. Tony's a friend. We did a lot of racing together when we were both in midgets. Saturday night we'll both be in Indy cars."

Saturday's Visionaire 500 will mark Stevie Reeves Pep Boys Indy Racing League debut, and waiting for July 25th to arrive has not been easy for the Speedway, Indiana native.

"I spent most of last week at the Pagan Racing shop in Indianapolis getting fitted for seats in both of the cars and getting to know the guys on the crew," said Reeves, who returns to open wheel racing after five years of running stock cars in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series. "I've never been involved in a situation where so much preparation goes into a race car. Seeing them prep those Dallaras just makes me want to race that much more, and waiting has been tough."

Despite the fact that Saturday's race will be his first ever in an Indy Racing League event Reeves will have the home court advantage. He moved his family to Charlotte four years ago, and he knows the mile and a half CMS track well.

"I've run 8 races on that track in the stock car and also taught a driving school there, so I feel really comfortable running my first Indy car race at Charlotte," said Reeves. "It's also nice because Charlotte is home now. Melissa (Stevie's wife) and I both grew up in Indianapolis, but we decided to move down south in 1994. We like it. I'll have a lot of friends and family at the race Saturday night, so it's going to be special."

Since his start in racing at age 7, Reeves had always dreamed of a chance to slide into the cockpit of an Indy car. Saturday night that dream comes true.

"When I passed my test to get my IRL license a couple of weeks ago at Atlanta I felt really great in the car," said Reeves. "That car wasn't even fitted for me, but I still felt really comfortable as far as being a part of that car. The transition to stock cars from midgets and sprint cars was tough for me. I think the transition to Indy cars from stock cars will be a lot smoother. I know one thing, I can't wait."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Stevie Reeves