Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Josh Reeves

Credit to Josh Reeves
Everyone knows I love to help up-and-coming drivers gain exposure and to get their names out there.  This time is no different.  I recently saw on Twitter that a driver, Josh Reeves, was looking to reach a goal of 2,000 followers and if he did, he was going to give away a signed pair of racing gloves.  I thought to myself, “Why not follow him?  He seems pretty intent on getting his name out there.”  As soon as I asked him if he would be interested in doing an interview, he was more than willing. 

“I am from Martinsville Va. I’m 18 years old and I just graduated high school! I am planning on going to college with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Motorsports Tech.”  When I asked Josh how he got started in racing, his answer wasn’t one of the usual ones, “I got started in racing by helping a friend of my mom’s on a local LMSC team. By doing that, I was able to learn the basics of circle track racing.”  

Now for the interview…

How long have you been racing?
“I have been in racing for 10 years, but I have only been a driver for 5.”

Did anything specific inspire you to start racing?
“Nothing really at all; just a deep passion for the sport! I love the atmosphere that racing has to offer.”

What series do you currently race in? 
“I currently run in the Pro-4 or Mod-4 division with hopes to move into a LMSC soon.”

What do you enjoy most about racing?
“Just the atmosphere and the adrenaline that racing has! It’s a getaway to get in your car and get out on the track. Not to mention the speed is a big part of it too!”

What’s the hardest part of racing for you?
“The hardest part is funding. It’s so hard to come by, and unlike a lot of other up and coming drivers, I don’t have parents to give me money anytime I need it. I have to go out and get it my own.”

Would you like to move up to Cup/Truck/Nationwide? 

“That’s the plan! I’d love to, but it’s going to be really hard and it’s going to take a lot of work. But I believe if you’re truly dedicated to something, failure is impossible.”
Credit to Josh Reeves

Do you try to model your career after any of the current drivers?
“Not at all! I do my own thing because I believe my background is so unique that it should be in NASCAR.”

I know you’re on Twitter; how do you feel social media helped you get where you are today, if at all?
 “It has boosted my fan base by 1000% for sure. It has done a lot of good for me. Showing my sponsors that I care about my marketing excites them, and it gives me a better chance at acquiring new sponsors.”

Do you feel Twitter is a good way to build a fan base?

 “I do 100%! It’s a great way to start on your fan base and carry it with your career.

Thank you to Josh for answering these questions (very quickly, I might add).  If you want to learn more about Josh, follow him on Twitter and be sure to check out his website!  Here at The NASCAR Corner, we wish Josh the best of luck in pursuing his dream to race in NASCAR. 

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